Like usual, I was having a little bit of trouble figuring out what to write about for the week’s blog post. My first plan was to look up some American Think Tanks and pick out an interesting one to profile. I found a list of think tanks by country on Wikipedia, and when I scrolled down to the United States of America, it lead me to an entirely separate article solely about American ones. That list was like 400 items long, so I decided that method wasn’t going to work out so well. But as soon as I was about to close the tab, I spotted the Pew Research Center. The Pew Research Center is frequently in the news as a source of non-partisan information. The center’s info page says it tries to capture “the issues, attitudes, and trends that shape America and the World”. The center focuses a lot on political issues, but I did a quick search for its name on google and I came up with a wide range or articles from news consumption on tablets to how teens use text messaging as a form of communication. To speak on a technicality, Pew doesn’t even consider itself a “think tank”. Instead it bills itself as a “fact tank”. Pew Research Center is an independently funded organization, mainly backed by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The fact tank does not have an ties to a specific Country, Government,International Governance, or University.
If I were to be a part of a think tank, I would most likely be involved with one that is independently funded. I feel as though ones that are independently funded have a more non-biased connotation as compared to ones with some other kind of affiliation. While I know that it is possible for independent organizations to have some sort of agenda, I think their tends to be less perceived bias by the general public.
And finally, If I were to start a think tank I would try to advocate for more reconstruction projects that focus on the US. A lot of times, I hear about kids that go to Africa or some other third world country to do things like build a house or help out at a school. Now, I am in no way saying that they shouldn’t be doing something like this. In fact, I find it very admirable that someone would devote the time to help out an area in need. However, I do think that a lot of times, people over look the need that we have in this country. People travel half way across the world, when most of the times, there is someone in need of the same things living within 15 minutes of someone who wants to help.