Slugger Awards: Thinker and Explainer

Right, just to keep things rolling over the weekend, on this thread we’d like your nominations for the ‘Thinker and Explainer’ Award. This is aimed primarily at public bodies who adopt “a conversational approach to public policy – rewarding organisations that have sought to make policy issues understandable to a wider audience, thereby increasing the capacity to participate.”

So far we have just two in this category. We really need to bump this number up before Thursday’s Big Political Breakfast, not least because one of the nominees is a primary sponsor of the Awards:

– NICVA for their Smart Solutions in Tough Times process of engaging the voluntary and community sector on the government’s cuts agenda.

– Stratagem – because they have been organising events to bring politics and politicians closer to the public.

So come on, get your own thinking caps on!! Along with your nominations, just a sentence or two telling us why you think they should get the Thinker and Explainer award for 2010.

If you have nominations to make for other categories, then please post them on the original nominations thread and we’ll double back and bring them to the appropriate shortlisting panels at the Big Political Breakfast …

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty