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Acton Institute named a top think tank in the world in new report

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Acton Institute and Instituto Acton have taken top spots in a new ranking. Earlier today, the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tank & Civil Societies Program released the 2015 Global Go-To Think Tanks Report which maintains data on almost 7,000 organizations worldwide and creates a detailed report ranking them in various categories.

Acton was named in five categories and Instituto Acton was named in one. See the highlights:

  • Acton Institute is 9th (out of 90) in the Top Social Policy Think Tanks ranking (9th in 2014).
  • Acton Institute is 29th (out of 75) in the Top Think Tanks in the United States (29th in 2014).
  • In Top Think Tanks Worldwide, Acton ranks 155th (out of 175) (previously unranked).
  • 10th in Best Advocacy Campaign (11th in 2014) for PovertyCure.
  • 17th (out of 61) in Best Think Tank Conference (17th in 2014) for Acton University.
  • Instituto Acton was ranked 100th (out of 144) Best Independent Think Tanks.

Instituto Acton (formerly known as Instituto Acton Argentina) became a subsidiary of the Acton Institute in the spring of 2015. Led by Executive Director Cecilia G. de Vázquez Ger, this organization conducts its work primarily in Spanish and promotes a free and virtuous society in Buenos Aires. This is the first time Instituto Acton has been ranked in the report.

The Think Tank & Civil Societies Program has a rigorous ranking criteria which includes: the “quality and commitment of the think tank’s leadership;” the “quality, number, and reach of its publications;” the think tank’s “reputation with policymakers;” its “media reputation;” its “ability to produce new knowledge;” “financial stewardship;” and the organization’s “impact on society.”

Read the full report here. See Acton’s press release on the report here.

Acton University 2015 Lecture Bundle

Acton University 2015 Lecture Bundle

Own all 96 of the lectures from Acton University 2015 on a USB flash drive with this inexpensive bundle. Valued at $191, these lectures were recorded live at Acton University 2015 sessions. The drive itself comes with lectures numbered, including the lecturer and course title in the file name. Includes

Plenary Lectures from:

Dr. Samuel Gregg, Director of Research Acton Institute and author of Becoming Europe

Rev. Robert Sirico, co-founder of the Acton Institute and author of Defending the Free Market

Dr. Gregory Thornbury, President of the King's College

Joel Salatin, Entrepreneur and Alternative Farmer

Includes lectures from the following popular speakers:

Charlie Self, author of Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship
Michael Butler, author of Creation and the Heart of Man: An Orthodox Perspective on Environmentalism
Vincent Bacote, Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College                
Anthony Bradley, author of Keep Your Head Up and Liberating Black Theology


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Sarah Stanley