For the 1st time LFMI holds trainings for think tanks

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What Was It About?

Topics of the training include methods of research and analysis, management, fundraising, communication, strategic planning and coalition building.

When and Where?

The Think Tank School took place on September 15-18, 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Day 1. Why Liberty?

Day 2. Methods and means

Day 3. How to sell it?

13:15 Organizational introduction, rules etc. (Moderator Žilvinas Šilėnas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute)
13:30 Welcome (“Why Liberty? Why think tank?”)
Informal introduction, exchange of expectations
14:00 Talents needed for successful IEs. Why do ideas of Liberty matter? (Alejandro Antonio Chafuen, Atlas Economic Research Foundation)
15:00 Coffee break
15:15 The world you are going to work in (Giedrius Kadziauskas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute)
16:00 Establishing a think tank. What I did and how (Elena Leontjeva, Lithuanian Free Market Institute)
17:15 Coffee break
17:30 Workshop. Facing the society (Remigijus Šimasius, Minister of Justice of Lithuania)
My vision of liberty. Draft 1


9:00 Methods and means of a think tank. What do policy-advocacy think tanks / grassroots organization / education centres do every day? From theory to practice (Garland T. McCoy, Technology Policy Institute, USA)
10:00 Theory and practice of managing and coordinating the projects (management of big budget projects, managing networks) (Virginijus Kundrotas, ISM university of Management and Economics, Baltic Management Development Association)
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Workshop – Management skills. How to improve it?
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Effective internal organizational structure of think tank. Managing and coordinating the work of think tank (Rūta Vainienė, Lithuanian Free Market Institute)
15:00 Coffee break
15:15 Workshop – Managing think tank
16:45 My vision of liberty. Draft 2
18:30 Dinner
20:00 Liberty movie

9:00 Selling to interest groups. Relations with politicians, academia etc. (Martin Chren, F.A.Hayek Foundation, Ministry of Economy and Construction (Slovakia)
10:00 Coffee break
10:15 Selling to sponsors. Faith, fundraising and techniques (Tim Evans, Libertarian Alliance, The Corben Centre, The Adam Smith Institute (UK)
11:15 Experience of LMFI: annual gifts, direct relations, online fundraising, dilemma of public funds (Edita Maslauskaitė, Lithuanian Free Market Institute)
12:00 Workshop – fundraising
13:30 Lunch
15:00 Selling to media and general public (Marius Vaupšas, Public Relations and Communications Company “Lukrecija BBDO”)
16:00 Coffee break
16:15 Workshop – media relations
17:45 My vision of liberty. Draft 3

Find trainers’ biographies here

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