Think Tanks and iPhone Apps: Putting Ideas in the Palm of Your Hand

October 19, 2010 | By

Three of Washington’s most tech-savvy think tanks unveiled iPhone apps in the past few weeks — a noteworthy development that caught the attention of Nancy Scola at techPresident. Scola’s review of the apps — from The Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute and Brookings Institution — raised an important question: Does anyone actually use this stuff? Early […]

Economics 101: Using Web Videos to Explain America’s Fiscal Problems

August 25, 2010 | By

America’s fiscal crisis is fueling activism in cities and town across America where Tea Party rallies shine the light on our national debt and out-of-control government spending. But there’s also a revolution happening online, particularly with web videos that tell the story of an economically challenged country. Debt, spending and taxes don’t exactly translate into […]

Why You Shouldn’t Accept Every Facebook Friend Request

December 30, 2009 | By

When it comes to Facebook, what’s more important: Having a large network of “friends” whom you don’t know? Or a smaller well-connected group of individuals with whom you have real relationships? I consider myself a friendly person, but that’s no longer the case when it comes to Facebook. After careful thought and deliberation, I’ve decided […]

Tweeting for Dollars: A New Way for Nonprofits to Raise Money Online?

December 30, 2008 | By

Earlier this month U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore of California tried a new experiment in fundraising: Tweet for Chuck was the creation of online strategist Justin Hart to tap into the newly organized Top Conservatives on Twitter. The experiment has generated 136 donations so far, mostly between $10 and $25. Although this was hardly a […]

Make Sure You Are Protecting Your Name

November 1, 2008 | By

In the closing stretch of the presidential campaign, both John McCain and Barack Obama have invoked the name of The Heritage Foundation to justify their policy proposals and attack their opponent. Unfortunately, neither campaign accurately reflected the views of Heritage. I’ve spent much of my time over the past week trying to set the record […]

Simple Ways for Think Tanks to Have an Impact Online: Rapid Response Blogging

September 26, 2008 | By

When Ed Feulner took the helm of The Heritage Foundation more than 30 years ago, one of his principal objectives was getting policy information to Congress quickly. Other think tanks in Washington produced very good research, but more often than not it arrived too late to make a difference. Staffers searching for policy solutions still […]

Simple Ways for Think Tanks to Have an Impact Online: Write Better Headlines

September 22, 2008 | By

When I graduated from journalism school, I never envisioned being the editor of a think tank’s website. For nearly the past year, though, I’ve been overseeing The experience has been interesting and educational — similar in some respects to running a news website and also challenging in its own unique ways. My first few […]