Francesco Rocchetti is the ISPI Secretary General. Since January 2020 he was Assistant to the Director. Prior to that, he led the team that oversaw ISPI’s communication and digital strategy, transforming the Institute’s digital identity and promoting the think tank’s activities on more than a dozen digital platforms. Before joining ISPI, Francesco worked at the European Parliament where he focused on trade policy, providing supportive analysis and recommendations for the policy negotiations. Previously, he worked in the Global Relations Secretariat of the OECD, where he was involved in public sector and government consulting. After his studies, he worked for the United Nations in Geneva and gained experience in the private sector. He obtained a BA in Political Sciences and International Affairs from the University of Milan. He holds a MSc in Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris.
September 30 @ 5AM-6AM PDT – The Podcast as a Medium for Conveying Think Tanks’ Ideas – Perspectives From Both Sides of the Atlantic
Shortly after podcasts became a trend in the USA, people in other countries began to catch the “podcast fever“, listening to them more and more. This spread very quickly to the EU as well as to countries in Europe’s southeast that aspire to EU membership. There are dozens of podcasts now, and people listen to them more and more every day. The podcast is a medium that can help in conveying a think tanks’ ideas, but are they as popular among think tanks in South America, the EU, or Southeast Europe as they are in the USA? Our goal is to discuss, with a panel featuring speakers from Serbia, Italy, Brazil, and the USA, what challenges we face and whether the challenges of running a podcast in the world of think tanks are the same in EU countries, in EU candidate countries, and the Americas, and whether we should reach out to more listeners by simplifying our messages or if it is all right for this type of podcast to be listened to by a narrower, more professional audience. We would also cover recent events, focusing on whether the numbers of listeners increased during the COVID-19 pandemic or not, and what affects the listenership of an episode.