Robert Madelin is the Director General of the DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology in the European Commission. DG CONNECT is responsible for managing the European Commission's digital agenda. It helps to harness information and communications technologies in order to create jobs and generate economic growth; to provide better goods and services for all; and to build on the greater empowerment which digital technologies can bring in order to create a better world, now and for future generations. He previously served in a variety of postings in the EC. He was Director General for Health and Consumer Policies (2004-10), and between 1997-2003 he was Director in the DG for Trade, working on access to medicines, agriculture, biotechnology, corporate responsibility, food and product standards, global governance, intellectual property, investment, services, sustainable development, and relations with the Asia-Pacific. Prior to this, he was Deputy Head of Cabinet to Sir Leon (now Lord) Brittan, European Commission Vice-President.
In this video interview about Futurium and the future of policy-making, Robert Madelin addresses the following questions:
What do you think policy-making will look like in Europe in 2050?
How do you see initiatives like Futurium playing a role in this vision? What impact will they have on our future Public Administration and policy-makers?
It’s almost time to celebrate Futurium’s first birthday – looking back on the last year, what would you say are the three most important achievements and/or lessons learned from this pilot?
Futurium has engaged with around 2200 stakeholders and close to 1200 Futurizens on the platform and it is now rich with more than 200 co-created visions of the future (and the content is still growing!). What are the next steps in the process? What is going to happen to these visions and how will they be used by policy-makers?
To watch or listen to this interview, please click on the video on the right of this page. A synthesis report is also available for download below.
Almost 1 year since the launch of Futurium, Robert Madelin, Director General of DG CONNECT, looks back at the lessons learned from the pilot project and thinks about its implications for the future of policy-making.
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DG CONNECT has developed the Futurium to experiment with new policy-making models based on scientific evidence and stakeholder participation. Futurium combines the informal character of social networks with the methodological approach of foresights to enable everyone to co-create futures and policy ideas that matter to them.
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Policy stakeholders imagine a future where working life is more productive and sub-communities are connected in an active "EU Community".