Lawrence MacDonald, vice president for communications and policy outreach at the Center for Global Development (CGD), discusses influence in policy development and the role of think tanks in this process.
In September 2011, on the occasion of the opening of the CIGI Campus and its 10th anniversary, CIGI hosted a conference on the topic of its very existence: "Can Think Tanks Make a Difference?" The event featured a keynote address and three roundtable discussions with Canadian and international experts on the role of social media in policy innovation, whether governments care more about politics than policy, and the issue of influence - who has it and how to get it.
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