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How Using Technology to Make Infrastructure “Intelligent” is Key for a More Equitable, Sustainable Future

How Using Technology to Make Infrastructure “Intelligent” is Key for a More Equitable, Sustainable Future

August 31, 2021

As Congress continues to debate the size and scope of President Biden’s signature infrastructure proposal, Stephen Goldsmith, the Daniel Paul Professor of Urban Policy at the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation argues... Read more about How Using Technology to Make Infrastructure “Intelligent” is Key for a More Equitable, Sustainable Future

David Dapice on boosting US economic competitiveness with China

David Dapice on boosting US economic competitiveness with China

June 10, 2021
As policymakers in Washington debate legislation intended to bolster the U.S.’s competitive standing against China, we sat down with David Dapice, Ash Senior Economist and recent author of an Ash Center Policy Brief Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Immigration Are Needed for the Middle Class to discuss his thoughts on how Washington can bridge the competitiveness gap.... Read more about David Dapice on boosting US economic competitiveness with China
Our Top Spring 2021 Events

Our Top Spring 2021 Events

June 3, 2021
Each semester the Ash Center works to spark powerful new ideas, share innovative public-sector solutions, and discuss institutional reforms through our public events. We have never shied away from tough conversations — and this past semester was no different.  
David Eaves is writing the code for teaching public service in the digital age

David Eaves is writing the code for teaching public service in the digital age

May 18, 2021

Government services are inherently digital services, says David Eaves, Director of the Project on Digital Government, but governments still lack the personnel and technological capacity to deliver services to a public that expects most simple tasks, such as scheduling a vaccine appointment to be done effortlessly online. That's why Eaves helped develop a free curriculum for teaching digital to future public sector leaders.

Rocking the vote from the ER to the Peach State

Rocking the vote from the ER to the Peach State

May 18, 2021
Recognizing the significant barriers Americans face in casting a ballot, graduating HKS Masters of Public Policy students, with Ash Center support, used their capstone Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) to work with organizations committed to strengthening civic engagement and voting access.
City Hall Upended

City Hall Upended

May 13, 2021

When COVID arrived in the UK, Adam Hawksbee MPP '19 pivoted from economic development to pandemic response.

Will Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal Meet America’s Urgent Need?

Will Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal Meet America’s Urgent Need?

March 31, 2021

President Biden unveiled an ambitious $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure proposal this week. The plan calls for $621 billion in spending for a variety of transportation initiatives, including funding roads and bridges, public transportation, rail improvements, airports and ports, as well as a bevy of new and expanded electric vehicle incentives. Congress is expected to act on the ambitious legislative proposal in the coming months. 

Orange skies in Beijing in 2013

Orange Skies in Beijing

March 23, 2021

A spring sandstorm and worsening air pollution came to a head last week in Beijing, causing the city and surrounding area to become enveloped in an orange smog. To better understand the storm and its impact on the environment, Chinese citizens and government, the Ash Center sat down with Jesse Turiel, Ash Center China Energy Postdoctoral Fellow. 

Voting Rights Battle Enters a New Round

Voting Rights Battle Enters a New Round

March 8, 2021

On Monday, March 1st, the Georgia House of Representatives passed H.B.531, a sweeping elections bill that critics and voting rights advocates were quick to note increases restrictions on absentee voting and curtails weekend early voting hours. In contrast, just two days later, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.1, legislation containing a broad range of democratic reforms, from automatic voter registration requirements for state agencies to campaign finance reform that its authors hope would do much to lower barriers to voting across much of the country.  

Myanmar After the Coup

Myanmar After the Coup

February 26, 2021
The February 1st coup launched by Myanmar's military effectively put an end to the country's tentative transition to democracy as civilian political leaders were imprisoned and the results of the 2020 elections annulled. During an event sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and moderated by HKS Professor of Public Policy Tarek Masoud, Pwint Htun, Non-Residential Myanmar Program Fellow at the Ash Center, and Derek Mitchell, president of the National Democratic Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar, discussed how... Read more about Myanmar After the Coup