Interested in getting speakers, literature or resources from a pro-liberty organization in your area? Contact your state-based think tank, which you can find at the State Policy Network. SPN is made up of pro-limited government think tanks “fighting to limit government and advance market-friendly public policy at the state and local levels.” SPN has a member organization in all 50 states, each of whom is interested in working with pro-liberty student organizations like your own.
Here is a list of the type of resources you can get from them:
- Internships – Most think tanks have established internship programs already, but even if they don’t, they are often happy to get students to help out (e.g. Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Foundation).
- Speakers – Some think tanks will have a speakers list available on their website (if they’re not listed as speakers, look for “Policy Staff” or a similar name, like Michigan’s Mackinac Center does).
- Flyers and Handouts – State based think tanks produce flyers, brochures, white papers, and books just like any other think tank. If you reach out to their marketing department to request old supplies that they just have lying around, they will often be willing to send you some.
- Job Opportunities – Have group members about to graduate? State based think tanks are looking for qualified employees and may list them under their “About” tab (e.g. Arizona’s Goldwater Institute).
If you want any resources that are not listed on the think tank’s website, don’t hesitate to email or call them. Seriously… just ask. These organizations exist to spread the message of liberty in your state. Spreading the message to students is part of their job. Send an email to the head of their marketing department to let them know you’re interested. Most likely, they would have sent you material already if they had known you were out there.
One final tip for how to really get the job done with state-based think tanks: call them. They will be more responsive and timely in handling a phone call than an email they can ignore for a month. Make sure to visit www.spn.org/directory/ and find your state’s think tank!