Increasing collaboration and
connection between think tanks

Smart Thinking's Membership Network hosts multiple training sessions, webinars and networking events throughout the year to help build the UK think tank community and enable knowledge sharing, pooling of resources and peer-to-peer support throughout the sector.
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Upcoming training

Media training for think tankers

26 June 2024
9.15am - 2pm

Running again due to demand! Attendees practise press, radio and TV interviews with a working journalist to help them get their message across, avoid difficult questions and build confidence. Our most popular training session!

Members £250 (+VAT)
Non-members £450 (+VAT)

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People management training for think tankers

18 July 2024
9.30am - 4.30pm

This all-day training session covers what makes a good manager, the peculiarities of managing in a think tank, delegation, performance management, giving feedback and holding difficult conversations.

Members £250 (+VAT)
Non-members £450 (+VAT)

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Upcoming webinars


Starting a think tank podcast from scratch

23 May 2024
11am - 12pm

Tom Richmond, founder and Director of think tank EDSK will take us through the practical steps involved in starting a podcast from scratch, from content to which equipment you need.

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Getting the most out of stakeholder interviews

17 September 2024
11am - 12pm

The CSJ join us to explain how researchers can make the best use of stakeholder interviews and include more ‘lived experience’ and expertise into their work.

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Latest news

Media training

Advanced media training

In April we hosted both standard and advanced media training sessions. Our first advanced session was bespoke for an individual think tank, for a specific upcoming report and included help with devising a media strategy and practicing in more depth dealing with difficult and controversial questions.

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Events network drinks

Our events network met in-person for the first time for a couple of lively drinks in April. It was a great chance to finally meet in-person, swap some ideas and recommendations but mainly to have a good chat about all things events and think tank!

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Webinar with Professor Tim Leunig

ProfessorTim Leunig joined us for a fantastic webinar on everything think tanks and other policy people do wrong when making their policy submissions to HM Treasury, with lots of practical tips on how to more effectively engage with civil servants.

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