Richard Darlington argues that 4G will usher the future of think tank communications in Africa. It will accelerate the data revolution in Africa and help think tanks tell, and sell, their own stories.
Posts tagged ‘communications’
This is the first of a series of posts on think tanks in Africa -and Kenya in particular. It looks at some trends that may help to understand the future that think tanks face: is the space for debate opening or shrinking? is authority being challenged? are there new players to look out for?
On this last post from the series on EU Think Tanks and Twitter, Luca Barani focuses on the main challenges to measure how influential is an EU think tank on Twitter. It presents a small case study on the communication activities of the Brussels Think Tank Dialogues, an influential annual policy forum.
Leonora Merry shares her predictions for 2015. This post was first published on WonkComms and focuses on key and exiting developments in the British think tank scene: a focus on elections, new ways of managing projects, the media becoming more like think tanks, and others.
This post argues that we cannot continue to accept the oversimplification of the complex relationship between ideas, politics and the efforts to transform them. Accepting expressions like "research to action" and "evidence informed/based policy" reinforces the notion that there is a natural and unlovable pecking and logic order: first research then influence. Instead, change, within and outside an organisation, happens in the midst of a co-evolution of influencing objectives and efforts.
Public events are an excellent communication and convening tool for think tanks but few use them to their full potential. This post outlines some advice on how to produce an event for impact. It argues that events can be cheap and entertaining -for speakers and audiences alike- but they have to be produced more carefully.
It is time to vote for your favourite interactive data visualisations. The On Think Tanks Data Visualisation competition is showing the candidates for the second round that focuses on interactive visualisations. The top 5 visualisations will go on to be judged by the panel. Vote is open until 10 December 2014.