Executive Director transitions are difficult but necessary. This is still, unfortunately, a subject that is rarely discussed and often done with great concern for secrecy. Better planned, better communicated and better managed transitions can be a great way to propel a think tank into the future.
Posts from the ‘Think Tanks’ Category
The last three WonkComms events have considered the ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘where’ of think tank communications. This event turns attention to ‘who’ – the human resources think tanks can call on for their communications, what skills are needed to progress in the sector and how to develop them.
William Savedoff, senior fellow at CGD writes about Thomas Seeley’s Honeybee Democracy, drawing lessons for think tanks and conferences. It’s clever and quite funny – and also offers some good, constructive advice about how think tankers can be a bit more like honeybees when trying to come to collective decisions or sharing good ideas.
The On Think Tanks Exchange is a new initiative to support collaboration between researchers in think tanks across the world. Each researcher (those accepted to programme) will participate in a series of face to face and online exchanges between January 2014 and September 2015. The deadline for application is the 30th November!
The relationship between Executive Directors and their Directors of Research or Policy is crucial for the success of the think tanks. The latter are charged with developing the ideas that the organisation promotes; but are they adequately supported?
Few think tanks have the office space they need -and deserve. CGD's office move offers and opportunity to reflect on the subject and open a new topic of conversation. CGD has crunched the numbers but have you? Have you considered how your office design affects your productivity?
The Think Tank Initiative, the Think Tank Fund and On Think Tanks have joined forces to launch a 2 year project to encourage and support exchanges between think tanks across the developing world. The On Think Tanks Exchange will offer a group of young a promising researchers the chance to join a community of fellow think tankers to learn about each other's think tanks, and work on relevant collaborative research projects.
Round 3 of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition is currently open for submissions(the deadline is 20 November at 23:59 GMT!)! The judges want it to be the biggest and the best round we've had so far so each of them has taken a minute to offer their advice when it comes to data visualisation -- what works, what doesn't, and what are they really looking for when judging the data visualisations. First we hear from Jeff Knezovich.