What is Paris Telling Us?

Ash Center Professor Tarek Masoud talks to Roben Farzad on NPR One’s “Full Disclosure” about the recent terrorist attacks on Paris in relation to the Syrian refugee crisis, the threat of ISIS, and cultural tensions in Europe. 

Data-Smart City Solutions

Director of the Innovations in Government Program Steve Goldsmith writes on how promising initiatives can survive a mayoral transition, pointing to growth of Providence Talks— a program aiming to close the "word gap" for the city's economically disadvantaged children.

How History is Shaping the #studentblackout Movement

Marshall Ganz sits down for a Q+A with The Conversation to discuss the history of student activism in the United States, the role of leadership, and student movements taking place across college campuses  today.

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.


Building political coalitions at Mass Alliance led Roy and Lila Ash Fellow Georgia Hollister Isman (MPA/MC '15) to the Kennedy School. “I was good at explaining tough political issues to the public," she explains. "But I wanted to learn more about how people think about public policy and make decisions based on that knowledge.”

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.

Revealing the Mysteries of Asia’s Inscrutable Giant

The Ash Center and the Harvard University Asia Center hosted a conference titled “Understanding Indonesia: Revealing the Mysteries of Asia’s Inscrutable Giant” with the aim of better informing American academics, policymakers, business people, and members of the public about Indonesia to enhance relations between the two countries.

Innovation in American Government Award

Innovations in American Government Awards sealSan Francisco and New York were named the winners of Harvard's 2015 Innovation in America Government Awards.   The Five Keys Charter School, run by the San Francisco Sherriff’s Department won for its outstanding track record in changing the culture of jails and creating a holistic space for learning. Participatory Budgeting New York City was selected as the winner of Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government for its work in creating the largest and fastest-growing participatory budgeting process in the United States