18.30 (registration from 18.15), Wednesday 11 October 2017
Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE
We are delighted to welcome David Nassar, Vice President for Communications at the Brookings Institution, to discuss digital publishing, the future of online content and the role of think tanks in Trump’s America at a special WonkComms event.
David Nassar has spent the past five years helping the 100-year-old Brookings shift from a print-centric to a digital-first organisation. He developed the Brookings Essay, which was the first digitally native longform think tank piece to appear in the US. This has placed Brookings at the forefront of the emergence of longform journalism in digital publishing.
Prior to working at Brookings, David ran his own digital services firm called Hotspot Digital with clients in the non-profit and government sectors in Washington, New York and London. In 2009, he served as a vice president at Blue State Digital, a global leader in digital strategic communications and the firm that provided the online strategies for the Obama campaign. While there he helped to contribute to Blue State’s work with Hope Not Hate. And from 2005-2009, he led Walmart Watch, a corporate accountability campaign which used digital strategies to effectively challenge the world’s largest corporation.
His background in digital media and politics makes him ideally placed to comment on how think tanks can move beyond traditional publishing models and how they can evolve to bring their insights to new audiences. With the rise of populist politics on both sides of the Atlantic and renewed cynicism of expert opinion and research, we will also take the opportunity to quiz David on how think tanks in the US are responding to this brave new world.
- What is the future of think tank publishing (is the PDF really dead)?
- How can think tanks embrace digital publishing and what does taking a ‘digital first’ approach mean in practice?
- How have US think tanks responded to the ‘post truth’ environment, and what implications does it have for the ways in which they communicate?
The event will be followed by drinks and networking, kindly provided by Chatham House.
Tickets are strictly limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.