Building Dialogues for Policy Change: Lessons for Think Tank Communicators

WonkComms Breakfast Club
27 June 2023
Event location
Berghof Foundation, Lindenstrasse 34, 10969 Berlin, Germany


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The Think Tank Lab, WonkComms, Soapbox and the Berghof Foundation cordially invite you to an in-person event: 

WonkComms Breakfast Club:
Building Dialogues for Policy Change: Lessons for Think Tank Communicators

Comms strategies that simply put research content in front of policy audiences don’t work. 

No matter how persuasive your messages and evidence – and how well tailored your comms materials – you can easily miss the mark. Plus you seldom really know whether the message has actually been received, understood and acted on.

Instead, think tanks increasingly choose to build dialogues with their audiences. Spaces to make and shape policies together as a community – making the resulting recommendations more inclusive, innovative and durable.

How can policy communicators help create these spaces? How do we get the right people in the room? How can we design events to create tangible outcomes and progress?

And what role does comms play in supporting high-level policy dialogues? Drawing attention or adding momentum to the discussion, as well as deflecting attention from it where appropriate.

WonkComms Breakfast Clubs are a series of informal events bringing together think tank comms professionals to discuss issues of common interest and work together to tackle questions like these.

Our conversation will be kickstarted by Natalie Baharav, who will share lessons from the Berghof Foundation’s extensive work in peacebuilding dialogues; and Chiara Roselli, who will discuss APROPOS’ process design work for the Open Europe Dialogue and other initiatives. 

Coffee, croissants and comms – what could be a better start to your morning?

Natalie Baharav
Head of Communications, Berghof Foundation

Chiara Rosselli
Co-Founder & Executive Director, APROPOS Group

Wiebke Ewering
Head of Communications, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Please register for the meeting here by June 23, 2023. And please forward this invitation to any friends and colleagues you think might be interested.

If you cannot join us for this session, don’t worry, there will be further WonkComms Breakfast Clubs hosted at other Berlin think tanks in 2023 and 2024 Please follow Think Tank Lab and WonkComms on Twitter for further announcements. In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch to offer suggestions for future topics and speakers.

For any questions, please contact John Schwartz ( or the Think Tank Lab team (

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

About WonkComms Breakfast Clubs: WonkComms is a global network of think tank communications professionals who share ideas and best practices. Our first event was in the UK in 2013 and we have since expanded our activities to the USA, Latin America and now to Germany. We organize informal events on subjects that are of practical interest to our community – including previous Breakfast Club series in London and Washington DC. You can find us on Twitter and LinkedIn.The WonkComms Breakfast Club Berlin is organised by the Think Tank Lab and Soapbox.