Think Tanks: Navigating the Disruption with Ideas, Policy Innovations and Action 

Brief Description: 

The summit will bring together high-level representatives of think tanks from Central and Eastern Europe to discuss common challenges and develop solutions to political, technological, economic, and organizational challenges of today. The Summit is designed to demonstrate the promise and potential of think tanks to help prepare our countries for the future and bridge the great divide that exists in our societies today. 

Think tanks play a critical role in analyzing, developing and promoting policy solutions, particularly in times of extreme disruption and change. However, these organizations now operate in information-rich societies where facts, evidence and credible research are often ignored — and where disinformation can gain a footing. To remain relevant and impactful, think tanks and policy institutes must simultaneously pursue rigor, innovation, accessibility and accountability more than ever before. In short, think tanks must adapt and innovate by transforming their organization to be smarter, better, faster and more mobile. As such, the Summit will explore not only the ways in which think tanks are currently making a difference and finding solutions to contemporary policy challenges, but also how they can become increasingly relevant in these tumultuous times. To that end, in addition to these pressing contemporary policy challenges, the Summit will also focus on sharing the best practices for raising funds, recruiting key staff, harnessing new and innovative technologies and responding to increased public scrutiny and discontent. 

Hosts: 

GLOBSEC in partnership with the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program, Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania.