Ash Features

Eddie Razak

Creating a Social Impact Movement

May 30, 2018
Ash Center Lee Kuan Yew Fellow, a social innovation leader in Malaysia, will continue to address societal problems with people-first policies after graduation.
Eric Holder

Full Participation: Making Every Voice Count

May 11, 2018

For former US Attorney General Eric Holder, gerrymandering is at the root of many of the most prominent political debates unfolding across the country today. A fairer voting system, Holder believes, wouldn’t tilt the balance towards one political party, but would level the playing field for both voters and political parties.

Tom Perez Dunlop Forum

Former Labor Secretary Perez Says Everyone Should Have a Seat at the Table

February 15, 2018

It took decades to lay the foundations for the social compact that flourished in post-war America and created enormous, shared wealth. It could take far less to roll back all the gains that were made, warned Tom Perez MPP/JD 1987, former Secretary of Labor under President Obama and the current chair of the Democratic National Committee.... Read more about Former Labor Secretary Perez Says Everyone Should Have a Seat at the Table

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The Fight for a Working Democracy

February 7, 2018

This article was originaly published on the OnLabor blog

Written by Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School and Wendy Fields, Executive Director, Democracy Initiative

For the last forty years, a determined attack on our democracy has been funded by a small cadre of right-wing billionaires. The leaders of this effort are determined to ensure that the decisions of government benefit the corporations and the wealthy, and they have recognized that in order to win on the substance — taxation, deregulation, shrinking government, preventing redistribution — they have to undercut the very structures of our democracy.

Hands

Democracy in 2018

January 2, 2018

Are democracies in peril? The Harvard Kennedy School started the fall 2017 semester with this question and as we enter January the answer still seems elusive. In the past couple of months we've watched Kenya's roller coaster elections, the transformation of Turkish politics and civil society, protests in Venezuela, continued support for populist parties across the globe, and more. Pundits prophetize both a better future and the deterioration and destruction of democracy.

It's difficult to deem which way democracy is trending. So, what's going to happen in the new year? We asked some of the Ash Center's democracy experts to share their thoughts. 

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HKS Dean Elmendorf

Rebuilding Our Democracy Through Redistricting Reform

December 15, 2017

In 2010, disenchantment with the sluggish pace of the country’s economic recovery and concern about President Obama’s signature health care reform law led to Republicans up and down the ballot scoring significant electoral gains across the country. Perhaps nowhere was that landslide victory more powerful than in Wisconsin. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, a Republican, beat his Democratic opponent to capture the governor’s mansion in Madison. Badger State Republicans also won majorities in the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate, giving them full control of the state government.... Read more about Rebuilding Our Democracy Through Redistricting Reform

Donald Trump Rally

Christian Zionism, the Religious Right, and Donald Trump: History’s Role in Contemporary Politics

December 4, 2017

“Make America great again,” Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign slogan, might not sound religious to the average political observer. One historian, however, hears a different tune.

 

“Looking at his [Trump’s] language, and particularly even something that most of us would agree is not really religious, like "Make America great again,” you’ll see that it actually has a historical background,” says Dan Hummel, history scholar and Ash Center History and Public Policy Fellow AY 20162017.... Read more about Christian Zionism, the Religious Right, and Donald Trump: History’s Role in Contemporary Politics

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Odd Arne Westad: On the Global Roots of the Cold War

December 1, 2017

Growing up in Norway, Odd Arne Westad lived on the frontier of the Cold War. While the fjords and tundra of this Scandinavian nation may not evoke the iconic images of Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie or the Korean peninsula’s demilitarized zone, for Westad, the S.T. Lee Professor of US-Asia Relations and Ash Center resident faculty affiliate, the Cold War was an omnipresent fact of life. “Norway was a kind of frontline state with regard to the Cold War,” says Westad.... Read more about Odd Arne Westad: On the Global Roots of the Cold War

Students

Teaching in Technicolor: Alumna Transforms Myanmar Education with Virtual Reality

December 1, 2017

“I was a misfit, not book-smart,reflects Hla Hla Win, MC/MPA 16. After the ninth grade, Win walked out of her school in Myanmar and didn’t return. Fifteen years later, she walked across the stage at Harvard Kennedy School’s 2016 commencement and into her role as founder and CEO of a social enterprise named 360oed. Win’s dedication to transforming the antiquated education system that impeded her early learning fueled an over decade-long journey from dropout to social entrepreneur.... Read more about Teaching in Technicolor: Alumna Transforms Myanmar Education with Virtual Reality

Students in Class

2017-18 Course Guide for Harvard Kennedy School Students

August 29, 2017

Picking courses is no easy feat. An array of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard University, and other university courses are available for HKS students to choose from. To aid interested students, the Ash Center publishes an annual guide to identify courses offered by the various faculties of Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, and beyond that are relevant to the study of democratic governance, innovation, and technology.... Read more about 2017-18 Course Guide for Harvard Kennedy School Students

Code

Technology and Democracy Fellows Ignite Civic-Tech Discussion

August 15, 2017

DropCapodern technology has amplified human productivity, created networks of individuals worlds apart, and streamlined our day-to-day lives, bringing the world to our fingertips. From our personal lives to business, we clamor to apply technology to increase efficiency and advance our activities. Should we apply technology to our democracy with the same fervor? How can we meld modern technology with practices and institutions born well before the age of the light bulb, let alone the computer? What are the social and ethical risks of automating tasks typically reserved for humans? During the 2016–2017 academic year, seven Technology and Democracy Fellows at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation embarked on a mission to tackle these profound questions.... Read more about Technology and Democracy Fellows Ignite Civic-Tech Discussion

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Connecticut Green Bank Wins Top Prize from Harvard’s Innovations in American Government Awards

July 20, 2017

By Wyatt Cmar, Research Assistant and Writer for the Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group

According to a 2014 paper from the Center for American Progress the US needs to invest approximately $200 billion annually in clean energy for the next 20 years to stabilize our climate. Scientists predict that globally we will need to cut our carbon emissions 80 percent by mid-century if we are to prevent irreversible, catastrophic environmental changes.... Read more about Connecticut Green Bank Wins Top Prize from Harvard’s Innovations in American Government Awards

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Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard launch first-ever executive leadership program for mayors and city leaders

July 19, 2017

By Patricia E. Harris 

 

This article was originally published on www.mikebloomberg.com here

 

This week, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University convened the inaugural class of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. A first-of-its-kind collaboration, Bloomberg Philanthropies has brought together Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and its business school to help mayors become even stronger leaders. We spoke with Bloomberg Philanthropies CEO Patti Harris, Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria, and Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf about how the initiative got started and why it matters.... Read more about Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard launch first-ever executive leadership program for mayors and city leaders

Cali IAG

California’s Ambitious Experiment on Redistricting Reform Gets Nod from Harvard

July 13, 2017

Like most states, the once-a-decade process of drawing new legislative boundaries in California was hardly an exercise in participatory democracy. The redistricting process was historically controlled by the state legislature and maps were drawn in secret, designed to extract maximum political advantage for incumbent officeholders. The results were clear. In 2002, the first election cycle for the US House of Representatives in California using the state’s then-newly adopted legislative boundaries, saw not a single incumbent in California’s 53-person large congressional delegation...

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Kate O'Gorman

Meet the 2017 Martha H. Mauzy Award Winner

June 27, 2017

Kate O'Gorman, MPA '17, inaugural democratic governance award-winner, is passionate about improved policy implementation and her local government.

Like many of her fellow HKS graduates, Kate O’Gorman is saying her last goodbyes to Cambridge and the Harvard campus after having just completed her Master in Public Administration (MPA). This commencement season has been a busy one for O’Gorman who in addition to her newly minted master’s degree was also the inaugural recipient of the Ash Center’s Martha H. Mauzy Award for Advancement of Democratic Governance.... Read more about Meet the 2017 Martha H. Mauzy Award Winner

Miles Rapoport

Miles Rapoport on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

May 30, 2017
Following the announcement of the establishment of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, we sat down with Miles Rapoport, Senior Democracy Practice Fellow at the Ash Center, to discuss the commission, its composition, and whether it could be an effective force for improving election laws, procedures, and administration.
Luigi Di Maio

Video & Text: A Conversation with Luigi Di Maio

May 22, 2017

On May 3, 2017, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Yes Europe Lab hosted Luigi Di Maio, Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies in the Italian Parliament and a leader of the Five Star Movement, Italy's leading opposition political party.  Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and HKS Academic Dean provided opening remarks. ... Read more about Video & Text: A Conversation with Luigi Di Maio

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