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About Futurium

Futurium is the online platform launched by the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission to facilitate a broad reflection on future European policies. It combines the informal character of social networks with the methodological approach of foresights to engage stakeholders in the co-creation of futures and policy ideas that matter to them.

You can contribute to the Futurium in several ways:

1) As creative and visionary thinker

You want to write a piece of narrative or essay for Futurium. You may also want to contribute to existing futures just like in wiki. Your contributions will be immediately recognised by Futurium. A versioning system will ensure traceability of contributions with possibility to revert old contributions into new ones.

You may also want to write an idea for future policies. The policy idea can then be referred to from within one or more futures.

Browse the Futurium to have an idea of how futures and policy ideas look like.

2) As content curator

Each Future, being it a vision or a long lasting trend, has to fulfil minimum quality standards in terms of messages and linguistic style.

Futurium is meant to host intriguing and visionary content that can help informing policy reflections. It does not matter how far in time the future is, it has to be inspirational.

So, do you want to be a curator for one of the furures? Just go into the page of the future and click on teh button "Curate this future". The Futurium will then try to accomodate your request.

Being a curator on the Futurium implies a number of tasks:

  1. Ensure that content is in the right form and language, simple, concise, clear, understandable by all.
  2. Raise the right questions and teasers to provoke constructive reaction.
  3. Value contributions by reinforcing their messages, linking their messages with others, sharing updates, etc.
  4. Enrich content with evidence, (references to scientific articles, other foresight reports, possibly links EC funded projects and activities).
  5. Periodically review the keywords to ensure completeness and consistency
  6. Connecting futures with other relevant futures
  7. Subscribe to be notified of changes to the future you are curating

3) As online message multiplier

You can also decide to be a mover to help Futurium becoming known.

  1. Act as a Futurium evangelist and facilitate the contribution of visionary thinkers.
  2. Engage stakeholders and invite them to become curators and multipliers.
  3. Value contributions by reinforcing their messages, linking their messages with others, sharing updates, etc.

4) As host of Futurium conversations

An online engagement process can be dramatically accelerated by in-person coversations.

You can hold a brainstorming meeting and invite whoever you want to debate about futures. Be open, participatory, reflexive. We will try to help you in:

  1. Shaping your participatory brainstorming
  2. Harvesting knowledge
  3. Hosting the sintesis on Futurium for further co-creation

Everyone can post a conversation or event provided that the event produces new futures or policy ideas

5) As tester to help us further improving Futurium

Futurium is only in its infancy. Implementing the Policy Making 3.0 model may take years or decades. Futurium is just a prototype and requires your feedback and hints to better fit its purpose. Feedback may be in term of functionality enhancement, bug reporting, or user experience.

We thank you in advance for your participation and contribution.