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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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Another postcard from Istanbul

Dear Think Tank Review, I’m still in Istanbul at the Think Tank Initiative Exchange: 43 think tanks from 20 countries across the three continents of Africa, Asia and South America are still here, still discussing research quality and impact. Now

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A postcard from Istanbul

Dear Think Tank Review, I’m in Istanbul for the Think Tank Initiative Exchange: 43 think tanks from 20 countries across the three continents of Africa, Asia and South America have gathered to discuss research quality and impact. Do conferences get

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3 lessons from working with African think tanks

Earlier this year, I spent some time in Nairobi with think tanks from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia, discussing their communications challenges. Here are a few things I came back having learned.

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WonkComms World Cup of wonkery

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s THE WORLD CUP!!! As if wonks need any excuse to count things, research things, analyse things and generally wonk on about any of thing. Here’s some of the wonkiest World Cup related wonkery we’ve spotted

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VIDEOS: WonkComms 1 year on – 2 steps forward, 1 step back

Last Friday (2nd May, 2014) we had a birthday party! But before that we had an event, where is all started for us, at the ODI. We looked back and celebrated. But we also looked forward and wondered… what if?

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EVENT: WonkComms 1 year on: 2 steps forward 1 step back?

OK, so, here’s the thing… A year ago, WonkComms was launched at an event in London. The blog, LinkedIn group, rotating Twitter account and Pinterest board soon followed. The aim was to bring people together to think about the future of think tank and research communications, and help

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Passion + ration(al): when CharityComms met WonkComms

  This week, my fellow WonkComms Original Leonora Merry & I ran a workshop break out session at the ‘PR in the Digital Age’ conference, for CharityComms. We felt that charities pretty much lead the way on emotional comms, but

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That’s how we know you’re not a scientist!

  WATCH AGAIN: here “No methods or control.” (h/t @Schrokit) Apparently, that’s how we know I’m not a scientist. To be fair, I never claimed I was a scientist. But I think that ‘not being a scientist’ is why I

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Videos and slides: WonkComms in the North

Our fourth WonkComms event, “WonkComms in the North”, took place at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in York on 14 October 2013. Speakers included WonkComms originals Richard Darlington, Head of News at IPPR, Nick Scott, Interim Head of Communications at ODI

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