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Posts by Enrique Mendizabal

The international think tank: 10 ways to raise your profile and become a global player

This post presents 10 ways to raise a think tank's international profiles and, eventually, become a global player. It provides approaches that range from very easy and cheap to very expensive and complex.

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What makes a great city for think tanks?

What makes a city attract think tanks and encourage their formation? Is being close to centres of government a necessary condition? Bangalore, in India, offers an excellent case to study the factors that encourage think tank formation and development.

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What can Indonesian Research Institutes Learn from Chinese Think Tanks?

Study tours had fallen out of fashion. The Knowledge Sector Initiative in Indonesia may be leading their revival. A recent visit by 16 Indonesian think tanks to China provides an interesting insight into Chinese think tanks and on the lessons that may be learned through a study tour.

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Researching a murky subject: definitions, questions, and methods

On Think Tanks has launched an online conference on studying think tanks. This post reports on the pre-launch event in London in August 2015. It serves as a discussion article to inform the series of webinars and deals with the definition of think tanks, the questions that need to be asked about them, and the methods that could be used.

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The next capacity development “thing”: Management for Researchers

We have seen important improvements in think tanks' communications capacities. It is time that we focused on management. Enrique Mendizabal argues that the next big push in think tank capacity building should focus "management for researchers" -which is not the same as project management.

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What does impact mean for think tanks?

Think tanks in the UK, like academics and think tanks across the world, also need to think about impact. What is it and how can it be measured? Learn about what three leading think tanks do to address these questions

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What does the future of think tanks communications hold? A conversation with John Schwartz, Managing Director at Soapbox

John Schwartz, Managing Director at Soapbox, talks about the future of think tank communications. He outlines three trends: digital first, the rise of narratives, and automation. All of these have important implications for think tanks and their supporters.

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Creating an enabling environment for philanthropy through tax incentives

For all the talk about how the context affects think tanks we know little about philanthropy in developing countries and its role in supporting think tanks. A recent study of tax incentives for philanthropists in Kenya offers an opportunity to reflect on the matter.

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Think Tanks Stress Test: a Forecasting Tool

Forecasting is a central element in any strategic planning process. But it is also important for monitoring the financial health of a think tank. This tools offers to opportunity to monitor income, costs, and assess whether the organisation will be able to meet its responsibilities in the future.

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How to break through the glass ceiling: supporting a new generation of think tanks and thinktankers

In this post, part of a series based on interviews and visits in Kenya, I share two possible ways for international funders to support the emergence of new thinktankers and think tanks in developing countries.

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