EVENT: WonkComms 1 year on: 2 steps forward 1 step back?

OK, so, here’s the thing…

A year ago, WonkComms was launched at an event in London.

The blogLinkedIn grouprotating Twitter account and Pinterest board soon followed. The aim was to bring people together to think about the future of think tank and research communications, and help them move towards that future.

Then WonkComms just took off…


More than a dozen events later… and the rest in history.

So one year on, WonkComms is now a thriving community but becoming an increasingly valued profession. In the US, UK and globally, there have been some amazing and impactful policy communications packages released. A spirit of collaboration, mixed with a little friendly competition, is leading many think tanks to think again about how they communicate and how to do it better than anyone else.

But it isn’t time to rest on our laurels. The think tank world isn’t the only one making a success of new and innovative forms of communication to reach new audiences and make a difference. From the media to charities and campaigning organisations, there are many others who are shouting very loud and hard, making it difficult for think tanks to be heard. Is it time to, like totally, think out-of-the-box, you guys?


Do another one. Yeah, do another. Yeah, not that one. Do another one…

This event will review the last year, and also look forward to the challenges ahead. We’ll start with a ’show and tell’ on key trends of the past year from WonkCommers who’ve been producing and delivering communications daily. This will be followed by a open discussion on the best communications from outside our WonkComms world, including presentations from experts working in the media, charities and on campaigns.

Welcome and introduction
Nick Scott, Digital Manager, ODI

Two steps forward: the year in think tank communications
Sofie Jenkinson, Media and Digital Officer, IPPR
Natalie Cox, Communications Officer, Resolution Foundation
Matt Smith, Digital Communications Manager, Policy Exchange
Joe Miller, Vice President for Communications, The Century Foundation
Chair: Leonora Merry, Media & External Affairs Manager, Nuffield Trust

One step back: challengers to think tank communications
Nic Seton, Community Strategist, Greenpeace
Brie Rogers Lowery, UK Country Director, Change.org
Chair: Richard Darlington, Head of News, IPPR

Join us in person or watch the LIVE STREAM -> Sign up here

Friday 2 May 2014, 15:00 to 17:00 at the ODI in Blackfriars, London

WonkComms Original: founder and editorial board member

Posted in Events, Uncategorized
2 comments on “EVENT: WonkComms 1 year on: 2 steps forward 1 step back?
  1. […] from experts working in the media, charities and on campaigns. I very much hope you’ll join us. Read Richard’s blog about the event here, and sign up either to attend in person or watch the lifestream […]

  2. […] products, it’s worth asking whether we’re chasing the right thing. I say this as someone who is out near the front of this particular wonkcomms trend. (Brookings is definitely leading the way on this front, with its Brookings Essay series, and the […]

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