Democracy in Hard Places

  • 2014 Nov 03

    Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Blackballed book coverDarryl Pinckney, Author, and Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy

    Co-sponsored by the Harvard Journal of African-American Public Policy.

    About the Event
    Throughout the history of the United States, voting rights have been progressively expanded, though in fits and starts, to our current universal suffrage. Today the U.S. is witnessing a systematic and almost unprecedented erosion of the franchise. Join Professor Alex Keyssar and author Darryl Pinckney as they discuss disenfranchisement, the legacy of the Voting Rights Act, and the state of voting rights in the United States.... Read more about Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy

  • 2014 Oct 07

    The Responsive City: Engaging Communities through Data Smart Governance

    4:10pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Responsive City coverStephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of Government, Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and Bill Oates, Chief Information Officer for Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    About the Event
    Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Goldsmith and Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Susan Crawford will discuss their new book The Responsive City. When harnessed by dedicated leaders, they argue, data empowers communities and officials to make local government more transparent, responsive, accountable, and cost-effective, thus thickening the bonds of democracy, increasing trust in government, and improving civic life.... Read more about The Responsive City: Engaging Communities through Data Smart Governance

  • 2014 Sep 24

    How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    DHow signHahrie Han, Wellesley College, Sarah Hodgdon, Sierra Club, Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, and Archon Fung (Moderator), Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship

    About the Event
    Why are some civic associations better than others at getting – and keeping – people involved in activism? In this book talk, Hahrie Han will describe how she used in-person observations, surveys, and field experiments to compare organizations with strong records of engaging people in health and environmental politics to those with weaker records.... Read more about How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century

  • 2014 May 01

    Crossing Boundaries: How Local Innovations in Immigrant Integration are Expanding our Notions of Democracy

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Child with flagKamal Essaheb, Immigration Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
    Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Massachusetts State Representative (D-Pittsfield)
    Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, Center for Community Change
    Carlos Saavedra, Co-founder of United...

    Read more about Crossing Boundaries: How Local Innovations in Immigrant Integration are Expanding our Notions of Democracy
  • 2014 Apr 30

    Harvard University’s #Tech4Democracy Movement, with Harvard innovation lab

    4:10pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Blue-green handsPanel Discussion and Tweet Chat

    Mat Morgan, ShoutAbout
    Cristina Garmendia, OpportunitySpace
    Seth Flaxman, TurboVote
    Gaurav Keerthi, Dialectic
    Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship (Moderator)

    About the Event
    Mainstream efforts in the arena of democratic reform include campaign finance reform, election administration, and reform of the electoral college. But the next democratic revolution may be driven by much smaller operators – especially start-ups riding the digital technology revolution. And Harvard University students, alumni, and faculty are launching some of the most compelling and promising tech start-ups that find creative ways to deepen democracy by mobilizing citizens and empowering them to influence the critical public and private decisions and policies that affect their lives.... Read more about Harvard University’s #Tech4Democracy Movement, with Harvard innovation lab

  • 2014 Apr 28

    Cities, Technology and Democracy Study Group Session 4: A Call to Action

    4:10pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Joseph CurtatoneJorrit de Jong, Lecturer in Public Policy and Management and Academic Director for the Innovations in Government Program
    Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts and Senior Fellow, Ash Center

    About the Session
    In this interactive session, Professor Jorrit de Jong and Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone will help participants develop a set of concrete recommendations for how cities like Somerville might consider the ideas and solutions discussed during the study group, from adopting or scaling tech innovations that will benefit all residents to pursuing policy goals such as tech equity and greater public engagement.... Read more about Cities, Technology and Democracy Study Group Session 4: A Call to Action

  • 2014 Apr 22

    The Tea Party and MoveOn: Finding Common Ground?

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA

    thought bubblesA Challenges to Democracy Conversation with

    Joan Blades, co-founder of MoveOn.org, MomsRising.org, and LivingRoomConversations.org
    Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance, Co-Founder and former National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
    Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship (Moderator)

    Co-sponsored with the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

    About the Event
    There are some who argue that the gridlock and partisanship affecting Washington is simply a reflection of the polarizing discourse and growing divide within the American public. Can we engage in more civil conversations and find common ground between the political left and right in the U.S.? Two great American leaders representing the left and the right, Joan Blades, co-founder of Momsrising.org and Moveon.org, and Mark Meckler, co-founder of Citizens for Self Governance and Tea Party Patriots, have come together to promote and encourage a safe format to build trust, appreciation for other views, and relationships.... Read more about The Tea Party and MoveOn: Finding Common Ground?

  • 2014 Apr 16

    Digital Democracy: Is Digital Technology Transforming the US Political Landscape as Expected?

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    shadow handsMatt Lira, National Republican Senatorial Committee Macon Phillips, U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs
    Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship (Moderator)

    About the Event
    This panel will feature a discussion between two of Washington’s best known digital media experts-representing both the right and the left side of the political spectrum – on the potential of digital technology to influence American democracy. There is disagreement about the significance and character of how digital technology is transforming the political process. Panelists will discuss how digital media has transformed the U.S. political landscape, or at least political communication, within both the realm of electoral politics and issue advocacy? Specifically, how have political parties and institutions differed in their attempts to harness the power of digital media to communicate with voters or potential voters?... Read more about Digital Democracy: Is Digital Technology Transforming the US Political Landscape as Expected?

  • 2014 Mar 31

    Integrating Immigrant Communities into Civic and Political Life

    5:30pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    Qniversity, Union Crossing, 2nd Floor, 50 Island Street, Lawrence, MA

    Lawrence, MAA Panel Discussion on the Lawrence Experience
    Welcome Remarks by Daniel Rivera, Mayor of Lawrence

    Featuring
    Jessica Andors, Executive Director, Lawrence Community Works
    Sr. Eileen Burns, SNDdeN, Executive Director, Notre Dame Education Center–Lawrence
    Zoila Gomez, Immigration Attorney
    Eliana Martinez, Teacher, Lawrence International High School
    Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School
    Asma Khalid, Reporter, WBUR (Moderator)

    Reception and Panel Discussion

    This event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

    About the Event
    Immigration policy and paths to citizenship are hotly contested topics on the national stage, yet the impact of immigration is most often experienced on the local level. Lawrence and communities like it across the country are on the frontlines dealing with important questions and tensions that immigration can present.... Read more about Integrating Immigrant Communities into Civic and Political Life

  • 2014 Mar 26

    Cities, Technology and Democracy Study Group Session 3: From Potholes to Policies

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Baby in crowdUsing Technology to Increase Civic Engagement in Public Decision Making

    Quinton Mayne, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
    Tom Cosgrove, Co-Founder and Current Board Member, New Voice Strategies

    About the Session
    This interactive session will focus on ways that traditional organizing and mobilizing campaigns are incorporating digital strategies to increase engagement in the policy making process by both the public and interest groups. What are effective strategies to connect digital platforms with on-the-ground, face-to-face organizing? What are the challenges to engaging with local policy making in different sectors from education to conservation?... Read more about Cities, Technology and Democracy Study Group Session 3: From Potholes to Policies

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