On the 11th of July we launched our new publication in Brussels. We discussed the European WAy of Digital with a fantastic panel including the editors of the colletion (Catherine Fieschi and Heather Grabbe) as well as Alastair Parvin of OpenSystem Labs on Democarcy as platform; And Rachel Coldicutt of Doteveryone, on Capcity, Evidence and Redress. Do download it and read it!
Our most recent retreat was held 14-16th of November 2018. The guiding question for the retreat is broad: if emerging digital societies supported social well-being and liberal democracy, what would they look like and how would they be governed? The best way to start answering this question is to put human beings at the heart of the discussion. This retreat therefore focused on how digital technology is shaping human behaviour and emotions in ways that influence people’s engagement with politics. Insights from this project will inform better approaches to regulating the digital society in future, through a deeper understanding of how aspects of human nature are shaped by online interactions and emerging digital technologies.
Click here to read the position paper.
Tentacles of Circumstance: the political consequences of inequality. Our new publication is a collection of essays drawn from a seminar we held in Paris in September 2017. We brought together historians, psychologists, sociologists, philosophers and economists to examine the multi-faceted nature of inequality and its experience and the manner in which these were seized upon by various political actors.
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The digital transformation and inequality: technology, institutions and the redistribution of agency. Counterpoint and OSEPI convened a workshop in Berlin with a select group of policymakers from across Europe to consider and debate the ways in which the digital transformation is shaping and fuelling inequality in our societies. We examined what the psychological and sociological aspects of the digital transformation could look like in future, and how these would change human beings, as citizens and members of a society in a democratic political framework. Our workshop ended with a fascinating exploration of how public institutions and governments will need to change in order to meet these expectations and the many resulting challenges brought about by the digital revolution.
Read our findings here.
This roundtable brought together a selected group of European politicians and policy-makers to discuss insights from the our expert seminar on the relationship between economic inequality and perceptions of social and cultural marginalisation.
This expert seminar explored the relationship between economic inequality and perceptions of social and cultural marginalisation. We brought together a group of experts from a range of scientific disciplines (from psychology and sociology to political science and economics) in order to better understand the links.
2016 will be remembered as a political turning point for Western democracies: Brexit further shattered a fragile Europe and Trump’s unlikely rise to power began to re-write the US’s role in the world. A new political landscape needs new kinds of conversations that can help us think differently about politics and policy. Watch our new short film to see how using different ‘lenses’ can shed light on crucial policy issues and shape new solutions to tackle deep political uncertainty.
We hosted a workshop in Paris together with the Délégation interministerielle à la lutte contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme (DILCRA) to introduce contact design as an approach to help improve community and group relations. We applied the method to case studies together with participants to see how intergroup contact can be enhanced.
In October, we designed a workshop, which drew upon insights from psychoanalysis to enable participants to create a more convincing narrative on diversity in the UK in the aftermath of the EU referendum. Together with participants, we identified the deep doubts and ambivalences that people manage to explore options for a more engaging narrative.
We hosted a workshop with the Swedish Ministry of Justice that helped Swedish policy-makers frame the migration debate differently. Our workshop was designed so as to guide participants from a deeper understanding of the link between language and thought to practical applications of the framing technique.
The migration crisis, the vote for Brexit, and illiberal reforms in Central and Eastern European countries are forcing us to ask what the limits of the European Union are. Difficult questions such as “Who belongs? Who is ‘one of us’? And who is this ‘us’?” cannot go unanswered because they underpin our capacity to design European policy. In light of this, we decided to focus our Bridges Retreat 2016 on the theme of The Collective.
Bringing together some of the world’s top policy-makers and politicians with cutting edge researchers and public intellectuals, our retreat took place in Florence – a symbol of the civic imagination – for two days of transformational conversations and debates, to explore a theme that underpins every aspect of decision-making across the globe.
Our speakers included: Susanna Abse, one of the UK’s leading couple and family therapists; Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow; Leading theoretical physicist Jean-Philippe Bouchaud; the Italian Undersecretary for Europe, Sandro Gozi; Co-founder of Wikihouse, Alastair Parvin; the European intellectual Jacqueline Rose; Sweden’s renowned journalist and essayist Göran Rosenberg and one of Germany’s best known sociologists, Harald Welzer.
How to talk about migration in Europe? In early December, we hosted a workshop on framing the migration discourse and changing public attitudes.
Read our case study on how to re-frame the migration debate here: Re-framing the Migration Debate
The Bridges project has addressed policy issues related to transparency and accountability, xenophobia, extremism, climate change, lessons from the euro crisis, and long-term issues related to inequalities.
Psychoanalyst David Tuckett on Decision-Making in Uncertainty |
The Director of British Future Sunder Katwala on Migration |
Former Commissioner Connie Hedegaard on Climate Change Psychoanalyst David Bell on Migration and Fear |
Psychoanalyst Paul Hoggett on Climate Change and Denial |
Policy Advisor Tom Burke on Climate Change