Centre for International Governance
Spencer Tripp leads the Public Affairs department at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Previously, he worked for Greenpeace as the communications director for the Canadian office before joining the International team to set up a 24-hour news and social media desk. His past experience with intergovernmental, governmental, and international non-profit organizations includes NAFTA’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Industry Canada, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Among his accomplishments, Spencer produced the critically acclaimed documentary Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands, co-wrote the Global Communications Strategy for Greenpeace, developed a wiki of best practices in public affairs and launched a podcast with over 630,000 followers.
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.