In a Nutshell
mission is to help policymakers, our Affiliates,
and the public address changes in communications and information resources.
Since 1973 we have worked with stakeholders to clarify what is at stake, how,
for whom, and how to deal with it.
be useful in private and public spheres, our work must be impartial
and competent. Toward this end, we have invented
a unique process:
- We deal mainly
with controversial matters of continuing relevance.
- We work on emerging
issues in the middle time range—a focus close enough for the issues to be
of concern to real stakeholders and remote enough for outcomes to be open.
- We lay out the essentials
of controversies but do not take sides, make recommendations, or attempt to
predict the future.
- We forego relationships
that might bias us—such as consulting, partisan expert testimony, or membership
on corporate boards.
- We operate with diversified
financial support from stakeholders in the controversies worked on.
- Our work is reviewed
by these stakeholders and by members of the relevant professions and disciplines.
- All our work is available
to the public. Everyone knows in advance that this is so.
- Our work is neither
proprietary nor classified. We neither work toward external deadlines nor
respond to requests for proposals (RFPs).
- We aspire to intellectual,
financial, and institutional stability regardless of the ins and outs of fashions
have invented a niche that is not filled by corporate, congressional, White
House, or agency staffs, by conventional academic "policy analysis" or basic
research, or by conventional consultants or "think tanks."
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