The future can evolve in different directions, each shaped by our actions of today. In order to capture the ideas about the future the European Commission’s Competence Centre on Foresight has launched the event #OurFutures - Images for the future of Europe.
We invite you all to write a very short story expressing what you would like to see in the Europe of the future, with your hopes, uncertainties and ideas. You can add your story via bit.ly/our_futures
You can write more than one short story if you feel strongly about more than one issue. Your input, along with that of others, will be translated in all EU languages.
Do you like to know what other citizens in Europe think? You can also read about their visions and ideas. And you are welcome to come back as new stories are updated regularly.
An Open Database of Futures Insights
The material you will give us will be used for the core activities of our Foresight Competence Centre: to detect early signs of potentially important developments, persistent problems, novel and unexpected issues.
The outcome will serve to generate actual, future-oriented recommendations for EU action to build together the Europe that we want.
At the same time, it will also be an open database for all interested researchers, policymakers and others that would like to explore these images of the future.
We will make sure policy-makers will learn about your stories, we will inspire them with your ideas.
But if you like to take action yourself and want to become a change-maker, future-oriented thinking might help.
This nicely designed Futures Frequency workshop, by Sitra, will give you guidelines to organise your own workshop, and discuss the future together.
And don't forget to share your images for the future in our database at the end!
Of course you can also add this, as a short intro or outro, to your own (futures) workshops, presentations or discussions. If during that activity you would like to discuss your results in real live, follow this link. Or let us know and we can help you.
Need some inspiration, feel free to read the stories of others. Or check out some nice co-created future narratives @storiesfrom2050, or 365 unique visions on the future of our planet @onedayin2050. If you have a nice initiative let us know, and we can spotlight it here.
This is a collaborative project, we work together with partners from all over Europe to stimulate a future mindset and collect futures images from all citizens in the EU.
Are you interested in supporting us with this mission? We are happy to hear from you.
Active partners and ongoing collaborations:
Conference on the Future of Europe
This project is also part of the Conference on the Future of Europe (Cofe) which launched on May 9, 2021. Initiated by 3 EU Institutions (Parliament, Commission and Council), as a unique opportunity for citizens across the European Union to express their views on the future of Europe. Until Spring 2022, the multi-lingual platform will collect a vast amount of information, which will reflect the expectations, ideals and aspirations of Europeans. This will be the occasion for influencing the political debate and contribute to building a future we can all share.
Year of Youth 2022
2022 is the European Commission Year of Youth. We believe the voices of young people matter. Therefore we spotlight some of our stories written by youth on the 'Views and Hopes for the Future' page. Are you under 30 and do you also like to spotlight your story, this is your invite.
A special thanks to our partners Sensemaker, Voices that Count, Infinite Futures, Foresight Unit - Presidency of the Government in Greece, and the workshop participants that helped us test the questionnaire.
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