CDS is an award-winning, non-partisan, open-source think tank devoted to research and discussion of sustainability, development, and global security. Professionals from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit reports and readers are encouraged to submit revisions to those reports. We're proud to be the first online-based think tank in the world. CDS is a legally registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization with the Internal Revenue Service and was legally incorporated in Erie County, New York State in November 2014.

Think Publication

Think Publication is an open-access and web-based publishing house within the CDS think tank. It’s composed of an editorial staff of students who have years of experience with academic research, media, editing, and publishing. Young professionals from all backgrounds are able to submit their research and work to be published and hosted on the CDS website. From there, CDS outreach helps to disseminate that new knowledge to the rest of academia, policymakers, and businesses.

Think Incubation

Think Incubation‘s concept is a blend between micro-financing, strategy development, and consulting. The program is meant for students and professionals who are hoping to scale their civil society organizations up, but don’t have the resources or skills to do so. Think Incubation staff members have experience working with both the public and private sectors and are able to deliver impactful results. Among the services provided for civil society organizations are creation of business plans, articles of incorporation, 501(c)(3) consulting, marketing, graphic design, photography, and general business model consulting as well.

Think Together


Think Together provides our generation with a voice on policy issues. Young people thrive on idealism, and its our #1 mission to bring this out.

Est. 2014

April 20, 2014

The Center for Development and Strategy is founded by David Harary (

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Website 1.0 Launched

August 15, 2014

CDS launches its first website which displayed the general purpose of CDS, publications, and information about its initial staff.

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Business Plan

September 23, 2014

CDS publishes its first Business Plan draft, which outlines the objectives and goals of the organization, as well as future planning.

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Website 2.0 Launched

October 15, 2014

The next generation website is launched and includes motion graphics, pictures, forms, a new blog, donate options, and HTML5 interactives.

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Think Incubation Announced

November 20, 2014

Think Incubation, a civil-society organization accelerator, is announced with the recruitment of its Program Director, Anthony Fiorenza.

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First Publication

December 12, 2014

“Do Civil Society Organizations Undermine State-building”, by Benjamin Osenbach, is published by Think Publication, CDS’s student-run publishing house.

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