WonkComms breakfast club: Beyond the panel event

8.30am to 10:30am
5th September 2017
Soapbox studio, London

Coffee, croissants and comms. What could be a better way to start your day in #wonkcomms?

WonkComms have teamed up with Soapbox to offer the UK WonkComms community a regular opportunity to get together and discuss some of the big challenges of delivering communications in think tanks and research organisations.


Think tanks are supposed to be all about thinking differently, right? Challenging orthodox ideas, provoking new ways of working, stimulating change. And a vital tool in the wonkcomms toolbox is in convening groups of people with interesting perspectives to discuss and debate these ideas. So why is it that think tanks remain so wedded to the tired old panel event?

On any given day, the meeting rooms of Westminster will contain a plethora of (mainly male) panels considering worthy policy issues in a format that makes even the most exciting topic feel pretty dull. And let’s not even get started on party conferences. If you’re lucky you might stumble across a roundtable discussion, or maybe even an ‘In Conversation’ event. But let’s face it; there is room for a lot more innovation in the humble think tank event.

But what alternatives are there to the panel event? How can think tanks get more from their speakers? And what are the hallmarks of a successful think tank event?

At this wonkcomms breakfast event we will hear from Richard Taunt, Director of Kaleidoscope health and care, who have been pioneering ‘melting pot lunches’, a new way to provoke discussion on health policy and practice.

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