Should atheists form 21st century Virtual Think Tanks?
The members can be formed from sites like this. In the last two weeks on TV (in Britain) four of five times guests brought on to comment on things as far apart as the war in Afghanistan and child care standards were from Think Tanks.
Could virtual atheist Think Tanks, not needing the funds or costs associated with buying a premises, be formed on the internet ready to provide a spokesperson where religious matters were in the news or put out press statements. Particular Think Tanks could study and track particular religions or particular religious issues nationally by combining regular participants based over a wide area. The Virtual Think Tank would compensate for local areas where individual atheist were thin on the ground. The Think Tank would do regular research and act as a collective intelligence gathering machine by allocating members areas of study. The Think Tank can be so set up as to be able to provide a media commentator, backed up by the knowledge provided by the Think Tank, to make media appearances locally.
Different types of Think Tank could be set up to deal with different levels of activity; local, national, continental, or global. VTT could be used to counterbalance the huge resources of organised religion by deepening vertically the movement at the top level of the Zeitgeist and spreading it to all levels of society.