Making Democracy Work

The Making Democracy Work Seminar Series is a public dialogue series examining practical solutions to strengthening democracy and public engagement and participation in government in the United States and around the world.  The Ash Center will be convening academics, practitioners, technologists, community members, and elected officials to explore solutions to our democratic deficit.

2017 Feb 15

Women and Leadership: Responses to Challenging Times

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

Please join us for a discussion about women and leadership, featuring:

  • Leah Wright Rigueur, “Intersectionality at the Core”
    • Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Melissa Williams, “Representing Women in Theory and Practice”
    • Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto and Senior Visiting Scholar, Ash Center
  • Jane Mansbridge, "Organizing as Women and Avoiding Common Failures”
    • Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard Kennedy School

2017 Mar 23

Understanding Red State Rage & What To Do About It

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Join us for a discussion with Arlie R. Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley. Professor Hochschild's most recent research focuses on the rise of the American right–the topic of her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award.

2016 Nov 09

Is Movement Politics Now More Appealing Than Party Politics

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

Join us for our next seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion entitled: "Is Movement Politics Now More Appealing Than Party Politics."

We rely on political parties to develop political leaders, articulate sensible and effective public policies and to govern wisely. But increasingly in the United States and in Europe, citizens are turning away from established political parties and revolts within them threaten to undermine the great parties of Anglo and American democracy. How can the great parties save themselves?

2016 Nov 02

Brexit and Trump: The New Populism in the UK and US

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

Join us for our inaugural seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion on Brexit and Trump: the new populism in the US and UK. As frustrated citizens lose faith in established political processes and leaders, they are turning to alternatives that may produce bad policy, bad outcomes for society, and perhaps even threaten democracy itself. What are the sources of these “populist” revolts against the elites that produced Brexit and the Trump candidacy? What does the future hold?

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