FLAGSHIP - Forward Looking Analysis of Grand Societal cHallenges and Innovative Policies

FLAGSHIP - Forward Looking Analysis of Grand Societal cHallenges and Innovative Policies

FLAGSHIP has been built on a fundamental premise. Significant progress has been made in recent years in the field of FLA, both in the development of methods and tools and in the production of a considerable wealth of visionary material. The FLASGHIP consortium is fully aware of such progress - to which its partners have in fact individually and collectively largely contributed - and FLASGHIP intends to "keep up the good work" in further developing and refining FLA concepts and methods, and generating additional visions of the future, at both global and sectoral level.
On the other hand, FLASGHIP considers that the fundamental priority must now be placed on "putting FLA knowledge to work", and applying it to the formulation of policies that effectively address the global challenges facing the EU (and in fact the world as a whole) in a long term, multidisciplinary perspective.
The objectives of FLAGSHIP are: i) Understanding and assessing the state of the art of forward looking methodologies in relation to Grand Societal Challenges (GSC) and developing tools and modelling frameworks beyond state of the art; ii) Applying an enhanced set of forward looking methods and tools to support EU policies, by analysing reference and alternative scenarios of long-term demographic, legal, economic, social and political evolutions of Europe, in a world context, and assessing potential progress in technological and social innovation; iii) Driving change, producing a set of EU-relevant policy recommendations on the potential of the EU for transition and change. In relation to these objectives the project will: i) take stock of the existing forward looking studies: a review will be done of the central questions, key trends, critical uncertainties and scenario frameworks; ii) proceed to apply and combine enhanced qualitative and quantitative methods mastered by the project partners in a coherent framework, producing a combination of GSC-driven qualitative and quantitative scenarios - coping with a range of possible global paradigm shifts and geo-political changes - and engaging
a community of experts and stakeholders in a scenario thinking and assessment exercise; iii) focus further on EU policy responses to emerging transition challenges, and the potential role of EU in shaping global governance as well as new territorial dynamics within the continent, aiming to deliver policy recommendations to support the formulation of strategic EU policy agendas. The project will be articulated in 10 WPs, providing a consistent sequence of research activities with a good balance between methodological developments and policy applications addressing long term GSC scenarios. 15 partners representing 10 MS including 2 NMS. 4 stakeholders workshops, 1 final conference, wide and diversified range of participation, communication and dissemination actions and media.

Estatuto: 
Participant entity
Financed: 
Yes
Entidades: 
FP7- Collaborative project
Rede: 
FLAGSHIP
Keywords: 

Forestight

Scenarios

Societal challenges

Sustainability

FLAGSHIP has been built on a fundamental premise. Significant progress has been made in recent years in the field of FLA, both in the development of methods and tools and in the production of a considerable wealth of visionary material. The FLASGHIP consortium is fully aware of such progress - to which its partners have in fact individually and collectively largely contributed - and FLASGHIP intends to "keep up the good work" in further developing and refining FLA concepts and methods, and generating additional visions of the future, at both global and sectoral level.
On the other hand, FLASGHIP considers that the fundamental priority must now be placed on "putting FLA knowledge to work", and applying it to the formulation of policies that effectively address the global challenges facing the EU (and in fact the world as a whole) in a long term, multidisciplinary perspective.
The objectives of FLAGSHIP are: i) Understanding and assessing the state of the art of forward looking methodologies in relation to Grand Societal Challenges (GSC) and developing tools and modelling frameworks beyond state of the art; ii) Applying an enhanced set of forward looking methods and tools to support EU policies, by analysing reference and alternative scenarios of long-term demographic, legal, economic, social and political evolutions of Europe, in a world context, and assessing potential progress in technological and social innovation; iii) Driving change, producing a set of EU-relevant policy recommendations on the potential of the EU for transition and change. In relation to these objectives the project will: i) take stock of the existing forward looking studies: a review will be done of the central questions, key trends, critical uncertainties and scenario frameworks; ii) proceed to apply and combine enhanced qualitative and quantitative methods mastered by the project partners in a coherent framework, producing a combination of GSC-driven qualitative and quantitative scenarios - coping with a range of possible global paradigm shifts and geo-political changes - and engaging
a community of experts and stakeholders in a scenario thinking and assessment exercise; iii) focus further on EU policy responses to emerging transition challenges, and the potential role of EU in shaping global governance as well as new territorial dynamics within the continent, aiming to deliver policy recommendations to support the formulation of strategic EU policy agendas. The project will be articulated in 10 WPs, providing a consistent sequence of research activities with a good balance between methodological developments and policy applications addressing long term GSC scenarios. 15 partners representing 10 MS including 2 NMS. 4 stakeholders workshops, 1 final conference, wide and diversified range of participation, communication and dissemination actions and media.

Objectivos: 
Accordingly, the objectives of the FLAGSHIP project are:<br />1. Understanding and assessing the state of the art of forward looking methodologies - in particular by appraising to what extent and how existing methods are used to assess grand societal challenges and past and current responses to them - and developing beyond state of the art tools and modelling frameworks.<br />2. Applying an enhanced set of forward looking methods and tools to support EU policies, notably by analysing reference and alternative scenarios of long-term demographic, legal, economic, social and political evolutions in Europe, as the Innovation Union, in a world context, and assessing potential progress in technological and social innovation. <br />3. Driving change: Producing a set of EU-relevant policy recommendations on the potential of the EU for transition and change as a result of the forward looking exercise.
State of the art: 
According to the Call terms, Forward Looking Analysis (FLA) &quot;should help to anticipate major challenges that Europe will have to face in the next 20-30 years in the context of the Innovation Union. They could help assess the impacts of medium to long-term demographic, economic, political and technological trends in Europe in a world context.&quot; The task is clearly wide and interdisciplinary, requiring both to synthesise existing knowledge, often dispersed across many different disciplines, and develop new prospective and integrated insights, useful to support decision-making processes.<br />According to many foresight studies, and in particular to their review undertaken in a recent JRC-IPTS stock-taking report , three major challenges with global scope, but which require action at EU level, can be identified:<br />&bull; Environmental challenge: The need to change the current ways in which essential natural resources are used - due to the non-sustainable human over-exploitation.<br />&bull; Societal and economic challenge: The need to anticipate and adapt to societal changes - including political, cultural, demographic and economic transformations in order for the EU to develop into knowledge society.<br />&bull; Governance challenge: The need for more effective and transparent governance for the EU and the world - with the creation of more transparent and accountable forms of governance able to anticipate and adapt to the future and thus address common challenges, but also to spread democracy and transparency on the global level.<br />The FLAGSHIP project aims at addressing the above challenges, and the conceptual diagram below provides a summary overview of &quot;what&quot; it will focus upon, showing: A) four thematic areas - i.e. &quot;people&quot; (demography and society), &quot;goods and services&quot; (economic activities, including the real productive economy and financial as well as speculative markets), &quot;energy and the natural environment&quot;, &quot;knowledge and technology&quot; - with global (EU in the World) and territorial (within EU) governance at the core; B) five critical issues - i.e. achieving well being and better quality of life for all; reducing negative environmental externalities of population and economic growth; increasing resource efficiency; adapting people skills and enhancing their empowerment to cope with change; improving governance.
Parceria: 
International networ
Sandra Mateus
Lavinia Pereira
Annalisa Caffa

FLAGSHIP

Coordenador Geral 
Andrea Ricci
Coordenador 
Start Date: 
01/01/2013
End Date: 
31/12/2015
Duração: 
36 meses
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