On Think Tanks and its partners collaborate in the development and nurturing of spaces for engagement between thinktankers, think tank scholars, policymakers, funders and policy entrepreneurs. These conferences offer a chance to meet future partners, share ideas and develop solutions to shared challenges.
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On Think Tanks Conference 2022
During the OTT Conference 2022, On Think Tanks (OTT) welcomed 271 people from around the world to explore partnerships between think tanks and other changemakers.
Over the three days, 67 panellists from the global think tank community participated in 16 sessions — two keynote conversations, four panels and 10 fringe events hosted by our partners and friends.
Sessions covered exciting issues, ranging from think tanks and the media, private sector, social movements and political parties, to the war in Ukraine, partnerships for democratic security, think tanks and impact investing, partnerships to scale research impact, and much more!
On Think Tanks Conference 2021
We hosted the 2021 Conference online in April. This was followed by 2 OTT Local Conferences in Mexico and South Asia
On Think Tanks Conference 2020: the 3rd online event
We hosted the third online conference of 2020 in November.
On Think Tanks Conference 2020: the 2nd online event
We hosted the second online conference of 2020 in June.
Our conference started with an academic session.
First, on diversity, inequality and representation
Then on foreign funding and transparency
And then we discussed OTT’s future research agenda
Keynote: Varoon Bashyakarla from Tactical Tech on data and politics
Parallel session: How does change happen?
Parallel session: Doing research in developing countries
Parallel session: People, people, people
Keynote: Julia Pomares from CIPPEC on the future of politics
Parallel session: State capture and think tanks
Parallel session: Beyond crisis management- adapting your impact strategy through organisational learning
Parallel session: discrimination in think tanks
Conference closing and recap
On Think Tanks Conference 2020: the 1st online event
We were unable to organise the 2020 conference in Berlin as planned. We hosted a pilot online event, instead.
The opening panel: Think tanks and technology
Diane Stone on transnational policy networks and think tanks
A parallel session on going digital under COVID-19
A parallel session on diversity in think tanks
Dusting Gilbreath on AI and machine learning
A parallel session on responding to COVID-19
A parallel session on using technology to drive communications
On Think Tanks Conference 2019
Read about the OTT Conference 2019
Who was there?
What did they say?
And many more.
On Think Tanks Conference 2019: Washington DC
Read about the OTT Conference 2019: Washington DC
On Think Tanks Conference 2018
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Who was there?
… and many more.
On Think Tanks Conference 2018: South Africa
Read about the OTT Conference 2018 in South Africa
On Think Tanks Conference 2017
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