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NEW PODCAST series! Listen in

We might have launched a podcast series much sooner but WonkComms is still a collaboration of professionals who all have busy day jobs. We’ve been inspired by people like Jonathan Tanner, who was a major player in the early days

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WonkComms Breakfast Club: #RouteToTheTop

Tuesday 6 November, 8:30-10:30am Soapbox Communications, 126 Back Church Lane, London, E1 1FH BOOK NOW Danny Sriskandarajah is about to take over as the boss of Oxfam GB. His #RouteToTheTop included stints as Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society and

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WonkComms Breakfast Club: Blogging

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

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Poverty porn? You’re having a laugh!

This week Comic Relief came under friendly-fire for a film they produced with global pop mega-star Ed Sheeran. While several hundred people voted it the most offensive fundraising video of the year, over six million people have viewed it on

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Defying gravity: why the ‘submarine strategy’ drags you down

A lot of think tanks and research organisations end up using a submarine strategy. They don’t do it deliberately. It’s just what happens, by default, in the absence of a communications strategy. Left to their own devices, think tanks and

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After Action Reviews: the power of the ‘feedback loop’

My favourite kind of meeting is an ‘after action review’. It’s that meeting when you get the team back together again, once the dust has settled, and you talk about what happened, why it happened, and how it could have

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The little big thing

Everybody’s talking about ‘the little big thing’. We’re all working on big things: ending poverty, reducing maternal mortality, gender equality, financial inclusion, universal education, action on climate change… But sometimes we forget about the little thing, that makes the big

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3 more lessons from working with African think tanks

This post first appeared on OnThinkTanks. About a year a go, I wrote up my reflections after spending time in Kenya working with think tanks from across East Africa on their communications challenges. I’m just back from Tanzania, where again

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IMPACT

BOOM! There it is. Impact… Oowf… That’s hit home. Caused ripples. Resonated beyond the usual suspects. Those ‘key stakeholders’ are now ‘all ears’. Your report is basically the research equivalent of ‘appointment to view’ television. At water coolers all across

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Yet another postcard from Istanbul (don’t worry, this is the last one)

Dear Think Tank Review, I’ve just left the Think Tank Initiative Exchange in Istanbul. While I write this on my laptop in the traffic jam on the way to the airport, 43 think tanks from 20 countries across sub-Saharan Africa,

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