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Planning for impact: five things we learned

Another month, another WonkComms Breakfast Club. The topic this time? That most intractable of WonkComms challenges: planning. As always, there was more discussion than can be summed up in one blog. But we can sum up the key take-aways from the discussion.

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

We’re very pleased to announce the first in a new series of small London-based events for the policy communications community. The first session ‘Targeting Parliament’ looks at how to reach MPs and peers given the changing party political makeup of both Houses, with particular reference to APPGs and select committees.

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LIVE EVENT – Election Fever: how can think tanks make the most of the UK General Election

With just 6 months until polling day, the next election looms large on the horizon. Think tanks can’t ignore it and business-as-usual for research led organisations seems impossible in such a politically charged atmosphere. What should we do? What are we allowed to do (particularly in light of the Lobbying Act)? And how can Comms teams help their Wonks to get it done?

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It’s not about being the best, it’s about being better

It's not about being the best, it's about being better

How WonkComms came up with our new strapline: It’s not about being the best, it’s about being better. And a bit of fun we had in the process.

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EVENT: Wonkcomms teams and skill sets: what does the future hold?

WonkComms event panel

The last three WonkComms events considered the ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘where’ of think tank communications. This event turned its attention to ‘who’ – the human resources think tanks can call on for their communications, what skills are needed to progress in the sector and how to develop them.

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WonkComms London Social this Friday!

For those of you attending the WonkComms event this Friday – or anyone in the central London area that is at a loss for something to do this Friday evening – please do come along to our (small, but perfectly

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EVENT: What can science learn from the cutting edge of think tank communication?

A quick notice that WonkComms is on the road again – this time running a session at SpotOn London, an annual conference for anyone interested in how science is carried out and communicated online. Find out more or register to

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The future of think tank communications in Peru

Those of you who follow WonkComms on Twitter will know that OnThinkTanks – another key site for those in the sector and partly the inspiration for WonkComms – ran an event on think tank communications in Peru. Their report is

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WonkComms London social – 22 August 2013

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London wonkcommers are invited to a social this Thursday at The Two Chairmen from 6:30pm BST onwards.

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VIDEOS: Research in the digital age: wonk or comms?

David Skelton speaks at Wonkcomms event on research in the digital age: wonk or comms?

Videos from last week’s event are now available. The event considered the following questions: Is there is a danger in modern think tanks that the communications tail wags the research dog? Is there value in preserving the traditional think tank publication? Should communications be seen as a means to an end or as an end in itself? And is the nature of research changing because of the rapidly changing communications environment?

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