June 12, 2007
-- by Dave Johnson
I love progressive think tanks. I think building strong think tanks is a hugely important component of a "progressive infrastructure" for fighting back against the right. Progressive think tanks are where many of our ideas could be developed and communicated to the public. They are where many of the op-ed writers, book authors, opinion columnists, radio and TV guests could be employed. And they are where major reports and studies can be researched and written.
The blogs, of course, are a virtual think tank, where ideas are generated, discussed, revised and communicated at a very rapid pace.
You know that I have been working for some time to get the Commonweal Institute started. I am also on the Netroots Advisory Council of the Drum Major Institute (DMI).
The Drum Major Institute writes that they are a "progressive public policy for social and economic fairness."
DMI's approach is unwavering: We do not issue reports to see our name in print or hold forums for the sake of mere talk. We seek to change policy by conducting research into overlooked, but important social and economic issues, by leveraging our strategic relationships to engage policymakers and opinion leaders in our work, and by offering platforms to amplify the ideas of those who are working for social and economic fairness.The Drum Major Institute is having a benefit on June 21. DMI's Elana Levin writes, DMI Annual Benefit: it's only the coolest fundraiser of the year,
DMI's Annual Benefit is just weeks away. On June 21st at Cipriani on 23rd street the Drum Major Institute and all of our supporters will be coming together for the big annual event that's key to keeping a leading edge think tank growing and going strong.Tom Watson writes,
How cool is the DMI benefit?Click through to these posts for details.
Professor Cornell West of Harvard - the Cornell West will be presenting honoree Tavis Smiley with the Drum Major for Justice Award for being an outstanding voice for social change in the news media and beyond. You probably know Mr. Smiley from his nightly talk show on PBS and the best selling progressive book "The Covenant with Black America." [click through for links]
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This should be very interesting. The problem for me is the tickets are $175. I'm fascinated that HIP, my health insurance company, is the first sponsor listed. It's a non-profit HMO originally founded to provide health insurance for city and state employees.
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