What is the event about?

RRI2SCALE is inviting you to the side event that is organising in the framework of the EWOR 2022, called “Applying the JRC SES Game in regional multi-stakeholder dialogues for an inclusive green transition“.

The event falls under the thematic cluster of the “Green Transition” and will take place digitally on the 24th of October, from 11:00 to 12:30 CEST. It will have a form of an interactive workshop and be addressed primarily to regional and local policymakers, urban planners, and civil servants, but anyone interested in regional policymaking is welcomed!

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More about the event here

11:00-11:15: Introduction to the SES principles, by Maya van den Berg
11:15-12:15: Mini SES Tool experience, by Nefeli Kousi
12:15-12:30: Reflection and feedback, by Anne Dijkstra

What are the EWOR 2022 side events?

The #EURegionsWeek 2022 – the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy – will take place from 10 to 13 October 2022. In case you have missed the deadline for applying to the core sessions, you can still be associated with this years’ European Week of Regions and Cities by applying for a side event!

The side events are related to the thematic priorities of the #EURegionsWeek 2022 and they must be organised between 10 October and 10 November 2022.

Event description

This workshop is based on the RRI2SCALE project that aims to relate RRI to regional innovation policy making and how to engage with a wider representation of stakeholders. In early 2022, four European regions ran their own multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) using the Scenario Exploration System (SES) tool from the JRC. A brief training will be delivered, followed by a simulation of applying the SES tool in regional MSD to explore divergent techno-moral scenarios and co-design inclusive green transition agendas with local stakeholders. The target group for the event is EU regional authorities interested in inclusive green policy agendas.

Overall concept

An inclusive Green Transition at the regional level necessitates that all voices of stakeholders who are impacted by this process be taken into account when shaping regional innovation policies. Despite the evident trade-offs and conflicts that EU regional authorities experience when designing RIS3 policies for an effective green transition, many voices are still left outside the policymaking arena. How can we co-design an inclusive green transition at the regional level?

In  RRI2SCALE, pilot regional authorities have used the JRC SES Game to perform multi-stakeholder dialogues (MSD) to co-design inclusive innovation agendas for greener and smarter regions. SES Tool-driven MSD can help regional authorities across Europe to incorporate perspectives of different societal stakeholders who do not share the same views or interests toward the green transition. A well-designed approach can support public consultation on divergent techno-moral scenarios regarding the transition for the near future. Therefore, the knowledge of how to successfully organise and run a regional MSD through the SES Tool is a valuable instrument in the policy toolbox toward achieving a green transition that “leaves nobody behind” by considering all stakeholder’s voices.

Moreover, the SES Tool relies on gamification to motivate end-users – in this case, EU regional policy makers – to actively run an MSD and adopt different stakeholder roles. It offers a safe and inclusive arena to interact equally. Gamification increases the attractiveness of the policy-making process, and in an era of inertia, delusion, and apathy from citizens toward politics, the SES Tool can reinvigorate civic engagement and align policy with societal interests. Under the RRI2SCALE framework, both digital and physical MSD took place in our pilot regions, demonstrating that the process can be quite flexible and handy for interested regional policymakers. We thus esteem that disseminating and spreading the SES tool to a larger EU policy audience through this side event in an interactive and gamified way will contribute towards reversing rigid and exclusionary regional policy agendas and replacing them with open and inclusive processes toward a responsible green transition.

Tentative agenda

Below you can find the draft agenda of the workshop. The agenda will be updated and consolidated in early September.