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Posts by Enrique Mendizabal

National Think Tank Awards: Premio PODER 2014 in Peru celebrates innovation

Revista PODER and On Think Tanks have launched the Peruvian Think Tank of the Year Award 2014. Peruvian think tanks can apply until 31st August on a number of thematic categories: economic policy, social policy, environment and natural resources, science and innovation, as well as general categories for the best sub-national and national think tanks, and the one to watch.

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Think Tank Quickies (#130)

A weekend reading list courtesy of Think Tank Watch: a news source about think tanks around the world.

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A manifesto for research-policy funders: publish what you are funding and finding

There are many studies and projects being commissioned by think tank funders and think tanks themselves that aim to solve the same questions. Instead of working together they seem to be working in parallel -and in isolation from one another. In this post I propose a 6-point 'manifesto' for funders to 'sign' (and commit to). It should help save lots of money, encourage more research on these issues by think tanks themselves, and nurture a culture of co-prodution of knowledge.

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On Think Tanks is 4 years old today

On Think Tanks is 4 years old. In this post I share some lessons on blogging about a niche topic. This post is also an invitation to share your views on the blog, its content, and its future.

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Think tanks and communication workshop: a learner’s perspective

In this post, Palash Sanyal from the Centre for Policy Development in Bangladesh reflect on the communications workshop organised in Dhaka last month. He was one of the participants, representing CPD's communications team. In this post he identifies key lessons and highlight some insights from the sessions and the discussion.

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4 Data Visualization Approaches Any Researcher Can Take

Jeff Knezovich, form the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition, has produced a Buzzfeed on the winners. It is worth checking out on two accounts: it outlines really interesting examples of data visualisations and it show how we can use Buzzfeed to discuss serious issues. More than a discussion on data visualisations, however, the post is about how to use them -and this is the most important issue.

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Communicating complex ideas: the book

This post presents a new book on communicating complex ideas written by authors from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. They explore the various challenges that they face as communicators and researchers come together.

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New Topic Pages: an On Think Tanks digest

After 4 years of On Think Tanks there are quite a lot of posts on the blog. Even I have lost track of some of them, and the ideas they contain. Tomás Garzón de la Roza and Leandro Echt have edited 9 Topic Pages to help you, the reader, navigate through close to 600 posts.

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#dhakacomms workshop: Day 4

Last week I facilitated a communications workshop for three South Asian think tanks : CPD, IGS and SDPI. We explored a new way of thinking about think tank communications, the various channels and tools available to them, how to organise communications teams, an other issues. This post is the fourth of several describing the workshop and some of the ideas that emerged from it.

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#dhakacomms workshop: Day 3

Last week I facilitated a communications workshop for three South Asian think tanks : CPD, IGS and SDPI. We explored a new way of thinking about think tank communications, the various channels and tools available to them, how to organise communications teams, an other issues. This post is the third of several describing the workshop and some of the ideas that emerged from it.

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