The ongoing future research and trend analysis is focusing on the following areas:
The Phemonoe Lab is currently performing a Trend Impact Analysis for the research and technological environment in China.
The Lab is continously collecting and analysing information and data from Social Media, Websites, Reports, while additional expert information is collected by interviewing Chinese and European stakeholders.
Participatory Methodologies on Strategic Foresight exercises by local communities – regions
The term “Participatory Foresighting” refers mainly to the aspect of “Participatory Democracy” that is the strategic long term planning procedure in which average citizen participates in.Participatory democracy is a process emphasizing the broad participation of constituents in the direction and operation of political systems. Etymological roots of democracy (Greek demos and kratos) imply that the people are in power and thus that all democracies are participatory. However, participatory democracy tends to advocate more involved forms of citizen participation than traditional representative democracy.
The term “Strategic Foresight” on the other as part of the broader term of Futures Studies is widely used to describe activities such as: critical thinking concerning long-term developments, debate and effort to create wider participatory democracy, and shaping the future, especially by influencing public policy. In the last decade, scenario methods, for example, have become widely used in some European countries in policy-making and in addition, foresight methods are being used more and more in regional planning and decision – taking (“regional foresight”).
Foresight is not the same as futures research or strategic planning. It incorporates a range of approaches that combine the three components mentioned above, which may be altered as:futures (forecasting, forward thinking, and long-termprospectives), planning (strategic analysis, priority setting), andinteracting (participatory, dialogic) tools and orientations.