The libertarians have their Cato Institute and the conservatives have their Manhattan Institute. Those think tanks date back to the era when we dutifully trusted in experts and so-called rationale thinking. Now that we know better [read "The Black Swan" by Nassim Nicoholas Taleb] you gotta wonder what these think tanks are still doing around and who's paying for their lunch and dinner. You might think: Well they provide studies. But we can get a study on the cheap that delivers a snapshot of what we want to know. That's more than enough now that everything changes so fast and keeps changing.
What they don't seem to do and what we seem to need is to generate provocative ideas packaged to be accessible and compelling as well as applicable. Had Rudy not embraced the Manhattan Institute's concept of the broken windows as a way to reduce crime, would broken windows have entered the think pool out here?
Research is fine. But, we need something coming out that we can understand w/o a lot of heavy lifting and try out w/o needing a grant from, yes, some think tank. The only way a business, society or world is going to make it through chaos is by being 100-percent opportunistic. That means trying out lots of things. And that means not betting the ranch on anything.