In June 2013, Counterpoint in association with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) invited experts from various fields ranging from neuroscience to anthropology to discuss how their ideas can be used by policy-makers to deal with the challenges of immigration, the ageing society and youth unemployment in the European Union.
Presentations included the following topics: how people deal with anxieties and make decisions in times of radical uncertainty such as the recent financial crisis; how empathy and compassion can be cultivated in European society; the neuroscience of prejudice and appropriate policy responses to deal with cultural stereotypes; and how evidence can be made more useful for policy-makers.
Behavioural scientists, games designers, policy researchers and psychologist’s specialising in relationships provided insights on these issues and forward-looking discussions, as seen in this short video: IdeasLab
In addition, a publication containing a summary of the Ideas Lab is now available in from Counterpoint. To find out more please contact us.
Following from Ideas Lab: Elmau Conference
In Schloss Elmau, Germany, Counterpoint and OSF will hold two and half days of dialogue and discussion in November 2013 around the insights and potential applications of some this research in the areas of intolerance, xenophobia and migration.
Policy-makers will hear from experts on understanding what citizens are really thinking, rather than focusing only on polling data to understand people’s views. We hope to foster insights to demonstrate how the public can benefit from better framing of the complex issues facing Europe.