The foresight model is implemented by Futurium, the online laboratory to co-develop visions and ideas that matter to its members. Futurium combines the informal character of social networks with the methodological rigour of foresights to engage stakeholders in the co-creation of the futures that we all want.
A sketch of the Futurium's architecture is shown in the following picture.
The architecture consists of the following components:
1. Front-end participatory tools
Participatory tools to facilitate the engagement of stakeholders and policy makers. Besides the standard tools available in most of the social network (e.g. blogs, polls, content subscription, update notification, messaging, creation of groups,…), Futurium's participatory tools offer a number of special features to support the participatory foresight:
Furthermore, at a later stage of implementation, the front-end participatory tools will provide support to organise brainstorming event, including registration, sharing of background information and drawing of mind maps and reports.
2. Knowledge harvesting tools for both policy makers and stakeholders
Knowledge harvesting tools integrate basic statistical functions with data mining, modelling and simulation tools. Examples of knowledge mining tools include:
The extracted kowledge is anonymous (i.e. it does not include users information) and simmetric (i.e. access is ensured to both policy makers and stakeholders). This is a key feature of Futurium.
Knowledge harvesting tools will be made available to all once a critical mass of information is gathered.
More advanced tools will be implemented during the late development stages of the Futuriumt. Those include: tools for crawling information from social networks and tools to embed real-world data into Futurium to strenghthen the evidence base.
The development of futurium is an open and incremental process. If you are interest to contribute, please send an email to: Franco.Accordino@ec.europa.eu.