ALA students can earn a maximum of five credits through webinars, though students are welcome to view as many as they choose.

Are you in the process of drafting an advocacy strategy for your think tank’s most recent policy idea? What audience are you aiming to address? What policy impact are you trying to achieve? In the think tank business, strong academic work and sound advocacy strategies often go hand in hand in shaping public opinion, influencing legislation, and driving substantial policy changes. Communicating complex policy ideas effectively requires knowledge, creativity, and political acumen. 
 
In this upcoming webinar, join Will Wilkinson, vice president for policy at the Niskanen Center and former U.S. politics correspondent for The Economist, to learn practical guidelines and tips for communicating complex policy issues.
 
Will Wilkinson, vice president for policy at the Niskanen Center, oversees the Center’s research and publications. Before coming to the Niskanen Center, Mr. Wilkinson was the U.S. politics correspondent for The Economist, and is currently a columnist for Vox‘s The Big Idea section. His policy work centers on domestic social policy, with a particular focus on economic growth, social insurance, criminal justice reform, and issues surrounding the measurement of freedom, equality, and happiness. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Cato Institute, where he wrote on an array of topics including Social Security reform, the policy implications of happiness research, and the political economy of inequality. He was a founding editor of Cato Unbound and has been a program director at the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies. In addition to The Economist, Wilkinson’s commentary has appeared in Forbes, The Atlantic, Politico, The Boston Review, Bloomberg View, the New York Times, and several other publications. He has been a columnist for The Week and a regular commentator on American Public Media’s radio program, Marketplace. He holds an M.A. in philosophy from Northern Illinois University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Houston.