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.
Join us for the twelfth session, ‘Speaking Truth to Power’
8.30am to 10:30am on Thursday 25th January 2018 at the Soapbox studio in London.
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW ADDRESS: Soapbox has moved offices to 126 Back Church Lane, London E1 1FH. The nearest tube stations are Aldgate, Aldgate East, Tower Hill and Whitechapel. We are in the same offices as Diabetes UK.
The public intellectual Edward Said once said: “Speaking truth to power is no Panglossian idealism: it is carefully weighing the alternatives, picking the right one, and then intelligently representing it where it can do the most good and cause the most change”.
Carefully weighing up evidence and intelligently representing it sounds like a pretty good description of the day to day business of think tanks and research organisations. But putting forward the ‘right’ information doesn’t always make you popular. In a time of political turmoil and the consequences of a rise in populist politics, presenting uncomfortable evidence and hard hitting research can be distinctly unwelcome.
How can think tanks and research institutes navigate choppy political waters and ensure their research is properly represented even if it doesn’t contain the messages politicians or interest groups want to hear? Should we be worried by the influence of ‘post truth’ politics on the public’s understanding of evidence? And how should policy experts respond if they see false or misleading information being presented by politicians?
In our 12th WonkComms breakfast club we will hear from Phoebe Arnold, Head of Communications at Full Fact, the UK’s fact-checking organisation about how Full Fact weigh up alternative pieces of evidence and speak truth to power. We will then open up to a roundtable discussion under the Chatham House rule where participants can share tips and experiences.