V4 2030 Delphi Study Report
V4 2030 Delphi Study Report
We are pleased to announce that our Delphi Study Report “V4 2030 Sustainable Innovation Pathways towards post-COVID recovery” is already available.
This report summarizes the research undertaken at a regional level in an effort to collectively envision an array of potential emergent futures and to discover opportunities that can guide the post-COVID transformation toward desirable sustainable futures, and away from undesirable, unsustainable development trajectories.
The main aim of the study was to assess enablers and blockers of trends, which can influence future sustainable development within the Visegrad region consisting of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
In total, fourteen trends were analyzed by the panel of international experts in the online Delphi study, which took place in April 2022.
The results are organized under the seven thematic categories: Geopolitics, Economy, Technology, Environment, Society, Education and Health.
It is understood that the future post-COVID is filled with challenges when it comes to sustainability performance. Therefore, most of the identified trends on their own – even the positive ones – are unlikely to provide an impact big enough to determine the path of unfolding transformations to sustainability of the V4 region. However, it is possible to identify the trends that require special attention from policy makers due to their highest overall influence on sustainability prospects of the V4 region.
The top 5 most important trends were found to be:
- Increasing disinformation and circulating conspiracy theories,
- Increasing polarization of societies,
- Persisting gap in quality of education between the V4 countries and better performing EU states,
- Deterioration of the rule of law,
- Emerging energy sector transitions.
According to experts’ knowledge and assessment, the impact of trends with negative influence on the V4 group sustainability is much stronger than the one of positive ones. Secondly, experts opined that blockers with positive impact on trends have much higher influence on sustainability than blockers with negative impact.
This leads to a conclusion that the most effective strategy for reaching the desired level of sustainability in the V4 region should focus on the policies built around the blockers, which neutralize or slow down negative trends, like social anxiety over energy transformation or lack of social acceptance of AI technology, rather than around those blockers that weaken positive trends.
Some of the most efficient policy pathways indicated in the course of the Delphi study, that would effectively address the challenging trends in an effort to reach the desired level of sustainability, would be to:
- Develop civil society capacities,
- Revitalise education – both by prioritisation of STEM subjects and linking them with SSH themes and by innovative teaching practices, and pedagogical innovations,
- Monitor the infosphere to limit the spreading of conspiracy theories and targeted disinformation campaigns, and to improve access to varied sources of information,
- Introduce effective socio-economic and policy innovations – Universal Basic Income as an example to test,
- Secure peace and democracy in the neighbouring countries,
- Increase the dependency of the availability of the EU funding on the beneficiary country compliance with the rule of law,
- Increase the political pressure around the world concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation,
- Find ways to effectively deal with the social anxiety over the energy market transformation i.e. through local community building strategies and development of key skills (such as: entrepreneurial skills, critical thinking, systems thinking, future- orientation).
- Maciej Jagaciak, 4CF The Futures Literacy Company
- Joanna Jaworska, 4CF The Futures Literacy Company
- Norbert Kołos, 4CF The Futures Literacy Company
- Weronika Rafał, 4CF The Futures Literacy Company
- Anna Sacio-Szymańska, 4CF The Futures Literacy Company
The development of the study was supported by the research team of the V4 2030 project and 41 external experts who participated in the real-time Delphi survey, whom we would like to thank for participation in our research. Experts who have expressed a wish to be recognised as contributors are mentioned below.
- Judit Gáspár, Corvinus University of Budapest
- Klaudia Gubová, University of Economics in Bratislava
- Éva Hideg, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
- Eva Komlossyova, Palacký University Olomouc
- Lucie Macková, Palacký University Olomouc
- Peter Markovič, University of Economics in Bratislava
- András Márton, Corvinus University of Budapest
- Tamás Demus Knorr-Bremse, Rail System Budapest
- Elisabeth Florescu, The Millenium Project
- Zuzana Harmáčková, Czech Academy of Sciences
- Joanna Jędrzejewska, University of Warsaw
- Tamás Kristóf, Corvinus University of Budapest
- Toni Luomaranta, Tampere University
- Joanna Łabędzka, Jan Kochanowski, University of Kielce
- Stefanie Ollenburg, Freie Universität Berlin / HBK Braunschweig
- Michal Pazour, Technological Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences
- Beata Poteralska, Jan Kochanowski, University of Kielce
- Justyna Szczepanik, University of Warsaw
- Amos Taylor, Turku School of Economics
- Klára Tóthné Szita, ÉMI
- Ondrej Valenta, Independent expert in foresight
- Mateusz Wyrzykowski, University of Warsaw
You can access the whole report here: V4_2030_Delphi_Study_Report
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