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Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

I worked at Wikistrat as an intern

Pros

Worked on very cool simulations with the topic academic experts in the fields
Was able to publish my work through Wikistrat's extensive publication contact base

Cons

Very hard to get recognized and move up from the intern position
Compensation should be more defined and tangible

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Re-do the compensation strategy

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  1. Ein echt globaler Think-Tank, eine epistemische Gemeinschaft vom Feinsten A true global think tank, epistemic community at its best

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor

    I have been working at Wikistrat part-time (more than a year)

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    Pros

    Wikistrat bietet die einmalige Gelegenheit, zu diskutieren und gemeinsam politische und geostrategische Analysen von aktuellen Krisen und wichtigen Entwicklungen mit Experten der verschiedenen Gebiete, Standorte und Dienstalter zu entwickeln. Es bietet ein Diskussionsforum und ermöglicht damit dem Nachwuchs, seine Analysen und Ideen in Diskussionen mit älteren Experten zu testen. Die Heterogenität der beruflichen Hintergründe der Teilnehmer ermöglicht gemeinsame Analysen, welche von der Vielfalt der Ideenansätze insofern profitieren, als sich durch den Anstieg der beteiligten Analysten die Wahrscheinlichkeit verringert, wichtige Aspekte zu vernachlässigen. Wikistrat ist ein Mittel für eine epistemische Gemeinschaft, in regelmäßigen Abständen zu interagieren (statt nur in Jahreskonferenzen zum Beispiel). Geldwerte Vorteile sind willkommener Nebeneffekt, aber nicht die Motivation, sich zu beteiligen. Es bietet ein einzigartiges Netzwerk von Experten weltweit und fördert Wissensaustausch unter den Teilnehmern.

    Wikistrat offers the unique opportunity to discuss and collaboratively develop political and geostrategic analyses of current crises and important developments with experts of various expertises, locations and seniority. It offers a discussion forum and thus enables young academics to test their analyses and ideas in discussions with more senior experts. The heterogenity of the participants professional backgrounds allow collaboratively reached analyses which benefit from the very idea of crowd sourced approaches insofar as the probability to neglect important aspects decreases by the increase of analysts involved. Wikistrat is a means for an epistemic community to interact on a regular basis (instead of only annual conferences for example). The monetary benefits are a welcome side-effect but not the motivation to join. It offers an unique network of experts worlwide and fosters knowledge-sharing among its participants.

    Cons

    Analysen müssen tiefgründig sein, bloße Ausdrücke der Meinungen von anderen Analysten werden nicht akzeptiert, die erfolgreiche und erfreuliche Beteiligung erfordert daher weitere Forschungsaktivitäten. Die Mitglieder dieses Think-Tanks befinden sich weltweit, in Zeiten erhöhter Aktivität (z. B. einer aufkeimenden Krise) können die wirklich 24-7-Entwicklungen daher sehr anspruchsvoll sein.

    Analyses have to be profound, mere expressions of opinions are not accepted by other analysts, thus the successful and gratifyingly participation requires additional research activities. The members of this think tank are globally located, thus in times of heightened activity (e.g., an emerging crisis) the really 24-7 developments can be very demanding.

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    Setzen Sie die gute Arbeit fort!

    Keep up the good work!

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  2. Great Opportunity, Start-Up Glitches Are Being Resolved

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    Current Employee - Contributing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Contributing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Wikistrat part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The great thing that draws analysts to Wikistrat is the opportunity it provides to interact with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of other analysts. There is constant dialogue with freelance journalists, tenured profs at leading universities, staff at think tanks both small and large, and retired government officials.

    For many analysts Wikistrat is a hobby: They contribute in their spare time. As such, the network is a sort of talking shop, with people forecasting events based on their own training and experience. Analysts who opine once a week with 1-2 comments do not get paid, though those with consistently perceptive observations usually do. So, I suspect some of the above mentioned claims of "slavery" are from people who missed the basic point of Wikistrat, and who, without hanging around to see how the outfit works, thought their opinions were intellectual gold and therefore they deserved payment in specie. It doesn't work that way. Like any other professional enterprise, you have to build a reputation by saying things that impresses other people.

    Once I made a serious, albeit part-time, commitment to analyzing for Wikistrat my efforts were quickly rewarded. After 3-4 months of contributing regular analysis I started receiving cash prizes; a few months after that I was asked to join simulations where the cash payment was declared up front.

    Cons

    The analyst base skews toward security and terrorism-related issues, and often analysts "reach" when it comes to other domains (economics, energy) and regions (China, Japan, ) where their knowledge base is flimsy. As a result, specific and sophisticated analysis sometimes gets temporarily drown out by analysts who offer long-winded generalities about a topic.

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    By focusing largely on security issues, Wikistrat neglects other realms where its crowd-sourced model would work to its advantage, such as economic forecasting.

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