Innovation for Think Tanks. Global Think Tank Summit 2017 in Japan


Over 140 policy makers and researchers from more than 90 organizations in over 40 countries came together to discuss Achieving Balanced Growth in Asia and the World for Sustainable Development: The Role of Think Tanks at the Global Think Tank Summit 2017 in Yokohama, Japan, 1–3 May 2017.Center for Social and Economic Research, was an active participant in the planning of the Summit and was represented by President Christopher A. Hartwell during the event. Dr. Hartwell chaired a session titled, “Innovation for Think Tanks.” A key theme throughout the discussion was how innovations could be used in order to magnify the impact think tanks have on policy making and public debate in an era of “fake news.”

There was a broad consensus among participants of the Summit that think tanks continue to play a key role in civil society and should engage more with the public to foster inclusive debate. Given rising global uncertainty and the backlash against traditional politics, think tanks are needed to provide evidence-based policy recommendations and point the way to a better future.

Ukraine was represented by Vasyl Yurchyshyn, Director for Economic Programmes of the Razumkov Centre. Participants discussed a wide range of issues, including: challenges posed by globalisation, comprehensive economic growth, poverty and inequality, the role of think tanks and civil society in the era of populism. Vasyl Yurchyshyn took part in discussions on the issues and tasks of think tanks in developing a modern perspective, economic growth and development, as well as on the importance of strengthening cooperation between think tanks, since only joint projects will facilitate formation and implementation of sustainable development policies.