Ash Center, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, Mass
Speakers will discuss the complex challenges of responding to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe from several different perspectives, exploring its political context and ramifications, the European Union’s capacity to respond to emergencies within its own borders, the logistics involved in managing the flow of refugees across the continent, and the importance of information technology in shaping events and aiding the response.... Read more about The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Challenges of Policy, Politics, and Logistics
Ash Center Foyer, Suite 200 North, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA
China and its neighbors are some of the world’s most disaster-vulnerable countries in the world, each facing a wide range of hazards, from earthquakes and typhoons to terrorism and industrial accidents. This panel discussion, featuring a mix of Chinese scholars and practitioners, will explore a significant trend in disaster relief in China: the increasing involvement of Chinese NGOs in domestic and foreign disaster relief efforts. The speakers will reflect on their own experiences and research on responses to recent large-scale disasters and crises, focusing on how government...
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
The debate over whether the Boston area should have played host to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games resulted in a stinging defeat for those in the city’s political and financial establishment who publicly threw their weight behind the Olympic bid. A well-funded local organizing committee backed by prominent members of the Boston business community operating with the blessing of much of the city’s political leadership failed to convince the majority of Bostonians that hosting the 2024 Summer Games would be a net positive for the city and commonwealth.
Join us to hear each of the nine finalist programs for the Innovations in American Government Awards make a presentation to the Innovations National Selection Committee in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Join public officials from cities, towns, and state agencies across Massachusetts for a nuts and bolts conversation on fostering innovation in government. Participants will join the nine finalists for Harvard University's Innovations in American Government Award for an exchange of ideas and experiences on transforming how we address our toughest public problems. The small group discussions will focus on novel yet practical solutions as well as implementation: how to get good ideas started, how to tackle the bureaucratic hurdles, where and how to leverage funding and support, and more.... Read more about Sparking Change: Symposium on Public Sector Innovation
Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
Maya Sen (Moderator), Ash Center Faculty Affiliate and HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Stephen Ansolabehere, Professor of Government, Harvard University Nate Cohn, Politics and Policy Writer, The New York Times Bernard Fraga, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Indiana University
How has the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, which upended a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and opened the door to states and local jurisdictions to rewrite voting laws, impacted voter registration and turnout? Our panel of academics and journalists will discuss the potential effects of Shelby County on American voting rights.... Read more about How Data is Helping Us Understand Voting Rights After Shelby County
Land Hall, Fourth Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
As the effects of climate change intensify and rapid urbanization continues across many parts of Asia, the region faces increased vulnerability to a range of natural hazards. This event features four short films that highlight innovative strategies for building disaster resilience in several major Asian cities (Bangkok, Da Nang, Phnom Penh, and Surat), followed by a panel discussion featuring academics and practitioners with expertise in disaster risk reduction and urban planning and policy. The films were produced by the online magazine Next City as part of the series “Asia H20: How Water Issues are Changing an Urbanized Continent,” which was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.... Read more about Urban Resilience and Natural Hazards in Asia: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Like all public executives, you have to produce results. You might be a city public-works director, a state public-health commissioner, or a regional EPA administrator. It doesn’t make any difference. You are expected to produce results.