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2021-02-12 2 ENGLISH REPORTS
Human and digital networks that are constantly being enhanced by new technologies are increasing both the volume and velocity of information flows around the world. These new realities are making it possible to manage and manipulate massive amounts of data which are disrupting business, politics and public policy. Henry Kissinger famously said that being a policy maker is like being at the end of a firehose, and today, we are all at the end of a firehose. This never-ending flood of competing ideas and information makes it difficult to process all the different ideas, options and alternatives. How do you determine which product or candidate is the right one for you? It is no surprise in this environment that the traditional products, ideas and institutions are overlooked for the outrageous and outlandish. These forces have created a crowded and competitive global marketplace of ideas and policy advice that poses new and very challenging strategic and operational challenges for think tanks.
In the last four years, the trends outlined above have been compounded by two new forces that have intensified and accelerated the winds of change and are likely to transform think tanks, policy advice and public policy: The efforts to discredit and undermine experts and think tanks, and the COVID-19 pandemic. It is precisely during these turbulent times when experts and their advice are being undermined and significant policy and technology disruptions are calling in question the value and efficacy of policy advice that I felt it was critical that we pause and reflect on the future of think tanks and policy advice. Within this context, I believed it was essential that we launch a major national and global initiative to explore the future of think tanks and policy advice in the US and in a host of countries in every region of the world. The two books, titled The Future of Think Tanks and Policy Advice in the United States and The Future of Think Tanks Around the World, consist of thought pieces from 64 chief executives of top think tanks from 31 countries. They discuss the technological, political, and policy environment that is currently and will continue to shape the future of think tanks and policy advice. Topics discussed include: the impact of technology.
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