Like a ship’s logbook, we provide here an overview of the waters we’re navigating: key services, thinking and operations of the Dreamocracy ship.
July: Teaching ENA Congo students in Kinshasa.
April: Teaching a new course at the Centre International de Formation Européenne on “A challenged democracy – Mapping new forms of collective action“.
March 29: Led an ideation workshop for the European Parliament Research Center’s “Foresight Club” on the theme “Age of Smart, Age of Stupid?“, designed to enrich our proposal of a “European Citizens’ Committee for the Future“.
March 27: “Smart Car, Dumb City?” workshop co-organised by Stephen and Samuel with design firm VraimentVraiment at MAD, in Brussels. This workshop helped policy makers and other stakeholders understand how to better align stakeholders to make the most of autonomous mobility (and avoid its worst pitfalls).
March-July: Coaching the creation of a new think-and-do-tank in Madagascar dedicated to environmental protection and policy innovation (more official information on this soon).
February and March: Training OCP Act4Community staff in Casablanca in creativity techniques; storytelling; and Appreciative Inquiry.
February-September: Ingvild is the project leader for the Norwegian region Buskerud’s cooperation with Bozar for European Mobility Week 2019 on artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. She is also editor for Yomando, a Nordic media monitoring company.
February 26: Stephen trains a delegation of Palestinian officials and diplomats in lobbying, advocacy and public diplomacy techniques on behalf of the Egmont Institute.
February 19: Moderating the European Parliament‘s debate in Mons “L’Europe: uniquement pour les riches?“. February 28: Moderating the European Parliament‘s debate in Namur on immigration.
February-April: Teaching a Master’s degree course à Sciences Po Paris‘s School of Public Administration on “Future Casting Government 2030“, aimed at imagining what democracy could look like in 2030. OSEPI, the European Parliament Research Centre and the Commission’s EU Policy Lab are recipients of the students’ thinking.
February 13: Stephen and Samuel publish an op-ed jointly with Vraiment Vraiment in L’Echo, La voiture autonome, défi pour la démocratie.
January 27: Stephen is interviewed on France Inter on what to do to improve EU democracy.
January 23: Organisation for Fondation EURACTIV of a high-level policy workshop on the future of the EU’s media policy, “Can the EU do more for a healthy media sector“.
January 21: Part of the Scientific Committee and launch conference of the OpenEUDebate Jean Monnet academic network.
January 8: We led a workshop at the Brussels Environment agency on new governance tools and spoke to 120+ of the staff about new governance challenges as part of the team’s 2050 scenario planning work.
From January onwards, we work with Lex Paulson at Perception Publique to develop a School of Collective Intelligence at the UM6P university in Morocco.
Innovation in Politics Institute –We are the representatives of the Innovation in Politics Awards since 2018 for the Benelux, scouting innovative policies and politicians.
What to make of the Gilets Jaunes crisis? 2019 calls for new thinking, argues Stephen in this op-ed published on Dec.7: “Gilets jaunes, ancien et nouveau pouvoir : la démocratie doit devenir bilingue“.
Dec.12-13: Open Society European Policy Institute – Master Class on framing. In cooperation with OSEPI, Dreamocracy organised a strategy and training sessions on innovative messaging strategies for the next European elections.
Oct.7, Stephen introduces the concept of Augmented Democracy and methodological recommendations in a paper for Reos Partners.
May 2, the Carnegie Europe foundation published Stephen’s ideas on how to renew EU democracy.
Other key activities in the year included:
Stephen acted as Managing Director of this think-and-do tank dedicated to a healthy media sector in Europe contributing to democracy: theory of change, events, fundraising, advocacy…
Brussels Environment Agency
With Particitiz, we have been supporting throughout 2018 the Brussels Environment agency’s effort to define a vision for 2050 using collaborative methods, the team comprising nearly 1000 people. This contract has been renewed in 2019.
Les Interconnectés / Réseau des Territoires Innovants
Stephen worked over 2018 with a dozen French cities on their digital citizen participation strategies to help them develop new approaches. Within Les Interconnectés, in partnership with French civic tech company Cap Collectif. This contract has also been renewed in 2019.
Stephen trained a number civil servants and civil society actors from different countries for Belgium’s top foreign affairs think tank, the Egmont Institute: “creativity & conflict resolution”; political communication; political innovation.
Course at Sciences Po Paris on “Parliamentary Cycle and Civic Tech”; various courses at the Free University of Brussels (“Thinking outside the bubble – Seeing EU policy making through the lens of innovation”; “Lobbying and interest representation in the EU”).
Facilitation of collaborative ideation sessions
Organisation and running in 2018 of several ideation sessions, for example within a European lobbying firm on the renewal of their working methods. With the European railway federation UNIFE on their ability to attract and retain members. With the 1100 students of the Notre-Dame des Champs high school (Brussels). A day on Europe for the citizens of Saint-Omer. An evening on the reinvention of European lobbying for actors in the energy sector. A working session for UNCTAD to support their work with NGOs: you can watch the video here.
Public speaking and moderation of Events
Keynote Speaker at the Plebiscit Camp in Paris (December), at the Future in the Making JRC event in June; regular moderator of institutional events (debates of the European Parliament in Belgium, citizen panel for the European Commission for Citizens’ Consultations, final session of the annual conference of EuropCom European institutions), etc.
Dec.6 – Keynote speaker at the Entretiens Territoriaux de Strasbourg – see the video.
Feb.23 – Keynote speaker at the retreat of France’s Secrétariat Général à la Modernisation de l’Action Publique (SGMAP, today DITP)
February – Publication of the Petit Manuel de Créativité Politique – Comment Libérer L’Audace Collective, foreword by Nicolas Hulot and Dominique Bourg