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Making change, the bootstrap way

Grassroot activists are often up against it – taking on institutions with resources and connections well beyond their own. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have advantages they can use. In fact it’s often activists who have to bootstrap that

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Posted in campaigns, Opinion, social media

Conversions and conversations: the goals of think tank social media

Is clicking the link the only definition of success?

Posted in Opinion, social media

Perceptions of think tanks

Last month we published our research on public perceptions of think tanks in the US, Forging the Think Tank Narrative. Since then we have had the honour of being invited to a number of think tank summits and round-table events

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Posted in Opinion

WonkComms and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Still from Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel—and a dash of literary theory—point the way to a new approach to research comms outreach.

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Posted in Opinion

Communications professionals: fight back with evidence

When was the last time you had to push for communications budget? Or convince colleagues that trying a different – or heaven-forbid innovative – format was a good idea? Being a communications professional sometimes feels like going into battle. Well,

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Five Things We Learned about Crisis Communications

Crisis Communications is a lot like fire alarms and seatbelts: you hope you’ll never need any of them, but it would be foolhardy to go without. Responding to a crisis in a timely and honest way could actually raise your

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Everything I Needed to Know about Online Content I Learned from Making Mixtapes

I was never particularly good at making mixtapes—my teenage musical tastes were too uncultured, my town too small to support more than your standard country/classic rock/top–40 radio stations, and my working-class parents too poor to support much of a music-buying

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From comms chaos to calm: my year-long journey

The line between freedom and chaos is astonishingly thin, I’ve recently discovered. Handed the mandate to set up a communications function for The Social Innovation Partnership, I’ve occasionally struggled to stay the right side of that divide. Now a year

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Prize Question: Why do UK Think Tanks not Communicate Who Funds Them?

Why are British think tanks so much less transparent than those in the U.S., Germany, Kenya or Georgia? Why don’t British think tanks just go ahead and disclose who funds them, with how much, and for what purposes?

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Semantic Content

Once upon a time, search engines were about providing links to pages. That time is past. These days, search engines—and by “search engines,” I mean Google—are about providing answers to questions. Don’t believe me? Try it. Go input “what time

Posted in Opinion