2015: looking into a new year for On Think Tanks

5 January 2015

2015 will usher a series of change in On Think Tanks designed to strengthen the initiative, improve and increase its content, and reach more and new audiences.

I will be writing more about this as our plans develop but, in the mean time, here are some updates:

  1. The On Think Tanks’ family of contributors and partners will grow to reflect the manner in which people all over the world have supported this effort. While some people equate On Think Tanks with me, Enrique Mendizabal, the fact is that it would be impossible to do this alone.
  2. On Think Tanks’ digital architecture and toolkit will improve over the year to be much more user and initiative friendly. We want to make sure that the services we offer think tanks, thinktankers, and their supporters meet their needs.
  3. There will be more in-depth analysis of key issues such as business models, domestic philanthropy, the effect of context on think tanks, etc. Similarly, we will pay greater attention to regional and country specific think tank ‘traditions’.  These latter ones will be accompanied by planned visits and think tank events in at least three regions (Latin America, Africa and Asia).
  4. New services will be launched too. We are working on a few to make the life of think tanks much easier.
  5. We will revisit existing initiatives such as the data visualisation competition, the national think tank awards, and, possibly, a new phase of the On Think Tanks Exchange and launch new ones such as a school of think tanks to be announced soon.

On Think Tanks will benefit from the support of the Hewlett Foundation and Universidad del Pacífico in Perú.

By the end of the year, too, we will produce an annual report (of sorts) informed by our contributors and readers. We will turn this blog into a full-on portal on (and about) think tanks.

If you want to learn more about this, please do get in touch. You can support us in many different ways. Funds are always useful but not the most important nor the only form of support.