The COVID-19 lockdown offered the chance to reflect upon the impact of transformative events on different forms of migration – and to look to the future. The Open Think Tank Network members – Agora (UK),foraus (CH), Polis180 (DE) and Ponto(AT) developed a collaborative process for which we they partnered with the Youth Cafe from Kenya and counted with the participation from (among others): The United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs DPPA.
By immersing the participants into the experience of five fictional personas in different situations and with different needs, we facilitated access into future migration scenarios and opened up explorative spaces. In a series of workshops, we collaboratively explored possible future visions for these personas, taking into account how different drivers and mega trends might influence their journey or situation. Policy Kitchen allowed us to refine ideas after each workshop with people from across the globe by using the collaborative text features of the platform. The objective of this participatory workshop series was to bring together diverse perspectives on the future of migration to generate comprehensive and forward-looking policy recommendations that could help organisations and policy makers to gain a long term perspective and shape the future of human mobility in a more equitable manner.