Posts Tagged ‘utilities’

EFP Brief No. 82: Corporate Foresight in Europe

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Foresight activities usually aim at decision-making and priority setting in the public sectors of systems of innovation, while the other parts of the RTDI-system have been largely left out of picture: most notably all the entrepreneurial actors on the private side (who actually bring the innovations to the market. This EU-study has been launched to take a first look at the current uses, practices and impacts of foresight in the private sector. It is based on personal interviews with 18 selected European enterprises from hightechnology industries, consumer goods and the service sectors. A workshop, organized in November 2002 with the participation of corporate foresight practitioners, confirmed the overall findings of the report.

EFMN Brief No. 82 – Corporate Foresight in Europe

EFP Brief No. 60: Rural Ireland 2025

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Ireland has set ambitious goals for the development of its rural regions. This foresight exercise asks if the goals of state policy for rural Ireland will be achieved on the basis of current trends, what can realistically be achieved and what needs to be done to ensure a desirable outcome. The conclusions of this foresight exercise are framed in terms of 3 main actions to be undertaken immediately if the state is to realise its ambitions.

EFMN Brief No. 60 – Rural Ireland 2025

EFP Brief No. 34: Sustainable Transformation of German Utilities 2025

Friday, May 6th, 2011

This project was established to explore the consequences of structural change in German utility sectors and to raise awareness of the need for coordinated action by stakeholders as well as for the development of strategies for sustainable development. A three step procedure was applied comprising socio-technical scenarios, sustainability assessment and strategies for critical innovation processes. Interactions between four utility sectors – electricity, natural gas, water and sanitation, telecommunications – were considered. Stakeholders involved in production, consumption and governance have been involved at all stages. A multi-level approach was applied to link developments at the sector level with general societal developments and the dynamics of specific fields of innovation. The project also aimed at developing a general methodology for ‘sustainability foresight’.

EFMN Brief No. 34 – Sustainable Transformation of German Utilities 2025

EFP Brief No. 17: Bionics: Applying Nature’s Principles for Intelligent Building

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

This issue brief reflects one of three topics the German research dialogue ‘Futur’ dealt with during its second phase between 2003 and 2005. The topic ‘Bionic Building’ was selected by the Ministry of Education and Research following a participatory process of topic generation. It aimed to define future research needs and possible research priorities to guide the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in its future funding decisions. The process which comprised several workshops involved about twenty participants from architecture, urban planning, science, technology and research, both from the public and the private sphere. It resulted in the formulation of a theme paper on the topic and a scenario where a possible future of bionic housing is described vividly.

EFMN Brief No. 17 – Bionics – Applying Nature’s Principles