The Guardian speaks with Ash Center faculty member Quinton Mayne about his work helping students “understand both the complexity and thorniness of gentrification.” For more, check out the Ash Center’s housing and affordability blog series edited by Mayne.

Communiqué Fall 2015, Volume 17

The Ash Center's Communique Magazine is hot off the presses! In this issue, we showcase the Innovation Field Lab, a new experiential learning course that is bringing data innovations to local Massachusetts communities.  We also profile Roy and Lila Ash Fellow Georgia Hollister Isman and her advocacy work in state and local politics.

Connecting the Dots on Sustainability

Jayant Kairam MPP 2010 is working across sectors to promote sustainability and strengthen communities. “Climate change is the fight of our time,” he says. “Every day we see the increased threats that climate change poses to coastlines, agriculture, water, public health, and political and economic stability, and we must act now to reduce carbon pollution.”

Featured Publication

Democracy Reinvented

Hollie Russon Gilman, Brookings Institution Press, 2015

In Democracy Reinvented, Ash Fellow Hollie Russon Gilman places participatory budgeting within the larger discussion of the health of U.S. democracy, and offers policy recommendations on how to tap into online tools and civic innovations to promote more inclusive governance.

Fellow Research

Rajawali Fellow Christy Hui's essay on "Improving Informed Voting: Navigating Turbulent Hong Kong in the 21st Century" has been published by Digital Asia Hub, a non-profit Internet and society research think tank based in Hong Kong.  Hui explores the applicability of voting apps in the Hong Kong legislative reform context.

Innovations in American Government Award

Innovations in American Government Awards sealApply now or nominate a candidate for the 2016 Innovations in American Government Award here.  For the second straight year, the Ash Center is also funding a second innovation award, the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, to better highlight the work of public engagement and participation programs, policies, and initiatives from around the country.


Innovation Field Lab

The Ash Center has partnered with five cities in Massachusetts to form the Innovation Field Lab course, which challenges graduate students to develop data-driven strategies to assist cities in improving social conditions.

Race and American Politics Seminar

Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America; Lani Guinier, Harvard Law School; Leah Wright Rigueur, Harvard Kennedy School; and Alex Keyssar, Harvard Kennedy School gathered for the Ash Center's inaugural session of the Race and American Politics Seminar Series.