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Communication as an orchestra

Think tanks' communication function is central to their missions. But what can they do in the face of adverse contexts? This approach, presented over a series of posts and a workshop in Bangladesh, suggests that think tanks should aim to introduce their ideas into the public agenda and keep them there for as long as possible; thus maximising their chances of being present whenever a window of opportunity opens. This demands a command of think tank communications channels and tools that is akin to the role of an Orchestra's conductor.
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    Communication options for think tanks: channels and tools

    Somehow we always come back to the same channels and (increasingly) to some of the same tools. I have been ‘collecting’ some of these over the last year. And every time I get to visit or work with a think tank we get back to the same ones. Recently I have been working with a group of think... Read full article
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    #dhakacomms workshop: Day 1

    Last week I facilitated a communications workshop for three South Asian think tanks : CPD, IGS and SDPI. We explored a new way of thinking about think tank communications, the various channels and tools available to them, how to organise communications teams, an other issues. This post is the first of several describing the workshop and some of the ideas that emerged from it. Read full article
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    #dhakacomms workshop: Day 2

    Last week I facilitated a communications workshop for three South Asian think tanks : CPD, IGS and SDPI. We explored a new way of thinking about think tank communications, the various channels and tools available to them, how to organise communications teams, an other issues. This post is the second of several describing the workshop and some of the ideas that emerged from it. Read full article
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    #dhakacomms workshop: Day 3

    Last week I facilitated a communications workshop for three South Asian think tanks : CPD, IGS and SDPI. We explored a new way of thinking about think tank communications, the various channels and tools available to them, how to organise communications teams, an other issues. This post is the third of several describing the workshop and some of the ideas that emerged from it. Read full article
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    #dhakacomms workshop: Day 4

    Last week I facilitated a communications workshop for three South Asian think tanks : CPD, IGS and SDPI. We explored a new way of thinking about think tank communications, the various channels and tools available to them, how to organise communications teams, an other issues. This post is the fourth of several describing the workshop and some of the ideas that emerged from it. Read full article
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    Think tanks and communication workshop: a learner’s perspective

    In this post, Palash Sanyal from the Centre for Policy Development in Bangladesh reflect on the communications workshop organised in Dhaka last month. He was one of the participants, representing CPD's communications team. In this post he identifies key lessons and highlight some insights from the sessions and the discussion. Read full article
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    Communications as an Orchestra

    Communicating is like playing music. Heads of communications need to behave as the conductor of an orchestra. They must prepare their musicians and their instruments to be ready to entertain their audience, keep them engaged, and 'move' them, even encourage them to sing along. This post outlines an alternative to strategic communication plans. Read full article