How do political processes change due to COVID-19 – and what does it mean for our work as think tanks?

Organised by German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), WonkComms, Soapbox Design Agency
Event type External Event
Location Online
Start date 7 May 2020 4PM
End date 5PM CET

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) teams up with WonkComms and Soapbox Design Agency to bring to you a WebTalk Series on Digital Thinktanking in Times of COVID-19 every Thursday, starting April 23, 2020

With the COVID-19 crisis disrupting normal operations—forcing staff to work remotely, putting an end to face-to-face events and sending legislators and governments home—think tanks are having to rethink business on the fly. For an industry that is built around cross-sector and transnational cooperation, the crisis verges on an existential threat to an entire model. We need new approaches, and we need them fast.

With this WebTalk series, DGAP, WonkComms and Soapbox are joining forces to bring the international think tank community together to better understand how we can continue our work under lockdown.

Each week, experts from across our community will share tips and tools for bringing your work as a think tank online. It’s a moment of change, yes. But there is a silver lining in this otherwise dire crisis. Now is a moment for innovation, for new tools and skills that will extend beyond the immediate crisis and leave our organisations stronger than ever. The series is hosted by Claire Luzia Leifert, Head of the Impact & Innovation Lab, German Council on Foreign Relations and Joe Miller, Director of the Washington D.C. Studio, Soapbox Design Agency

How do political processes change due to COVID-19 – and what does it mean for our work as think tanks? with

  • Rainer Rudolph, Career Diplomat in the German Foreign Service and Senior Fellow at DGAP;
  • Leigh Angres, Legislative Affairs Director at the US Congressional Budget Office (tbc) and
  • Will Tanner, Director of UK Onward and former Deputy Head of Policy for Prime Minister Theresa May – Register here

More to follow – stay tuned! Please click the link to register for the WebTalk. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the WebTalk.

Participants will be able to ask the speakers questions during the live conversation via the Q&A tab. We want to hear from you! If you would like to suggest a topic or join one of our WebTalks on Digital ThinkTanking as a speaker, please get in touch with Claire Luzia Leifert ([email protected]) and we will get back to you.

For any technical questions, please contact us ([email protected]).