Innovations

  • 2014 Dec 05

    In Search of Police and Justice Reform: Lessons from Ethiopia and Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Emebet Kebede Cherenet, MC-Mason ’15, and Yanilda González, Ph.D., Ash Center Democracy Fellow

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event

    As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have highlighted, police and criminal justice systems are inextricably linked to the health of local governance. Mason Fellow Emebet Kebede Cherenet will discuss ten years of experience in justice and security reform programs and in strengthening community participation in local governance in Ethiopia. Democracy Fellow Yanilda González will share her dissertation research investigating the role of formal mechanisms for community participation in police reform in Latin America, for which she conducted extensive field research in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. The discussion will weigh administrative or legal approaches against more political or citizen empowerment approaches to local security and criminal justice reform.... Read more about In Search of Police and Justice Reform: Lessons from Ethiopia and Latin America

  • 2014 Dec 02

    Making Cities Work: The PerformanceStat Potential

    4:10pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

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

    PerformanceStat coverRobert Behn, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
    Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts and Senior Fellow, Ash Center
    Mark Moore, Moderator, Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations

    About the Event
    Harvard Kennedy School Senior Lecturer Robert Behn and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone will discuss Behn's new book The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. The book explores the growth and prominence of PerformanceStat leadership strategy across so many jurisdictions and agencies in pursuit of improved government performance.... Read more about Making Cities Work: The PerformanceStat Potential

  • 2014 Nov 07

    Redesigning Cities With a Better Understanding of Well-Being, Identity, and History

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    dark streetAsh Center Student Speaker Series

    Edgar Mora Altamirano, MC/Mason ’14 and Matthew Teismann, MDS ’15

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    Our health, happiness, culture, and identity are tied closely – in both cause and effect – to the built environments in which we live. Edgar Mora Altamirano and Matthew Teismann will discuss two unique projects proposing nontraditional measures and considerations in designing physical spaces.... Read more about Redesigning Cities With a Better Understanding of Well-Being, Identity, and History

  • 2014 Oct 17

    Public Education and System Change

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Conference Room, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Alvaro Henzler, MC/Mason ‘15 and Rivandra Royono, MPA/ID ‘16

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    Education reform is a topic of perennial interest. Beyond debating what works or not, there are interesting lessons for understanding broader concepts in governance from system-level change and decentralization to movement building. Two Ash Center student fellows, Alvaro Henzler and Rivandra Royono, will discuss their own experience in educational reform in Peru and Indonesia, respectively. The conversation will explore both the role of international reform models in a local context as well as the resources and strategies required of a successful movement for systemic reform.... Read more about Public Education and System Change

  • 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 Oct 03

    Government Innovation Teams in Practice: An Inside Look Into a Growing Trend

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Conference Room, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    team membersAsh Center Student Speaker Series

    Victoria Kabak, MPP ’15, and Jessica Huey, MPP ’15

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    Victoria Kabak, MPP '15, and Jessica Huey, MPP'15 were 2014 Ash Center Summer Fellows deployed to NYC’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) and the General Services Administration’s Challenge.gov team, respectively. Though these programs are at different levels of government and their approaches are distinct, both are on the frontier of efforts to promote innovation in government and both have attracted significant national attention.... Read more about Government Innovation Teams in Practice: An Inside Look Into a Growing Trend

  • 2014 Sep 19

    Challenges of Innovation in the Fight Against Organized Crime

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    124 Mount Auburn Street, Ash Center Foyer, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Hand with wordsHerman Bolhaar, Chief Prosecutor of the Netherlands

    Light lunch will be served

    About the Seminar
    Chief Prosecutor of the Netherlands Herman Bolhaar will be speaking at the Ash Center’s first Innovation Round Table of the year. He will talk about his unorthodox approach to fighting human trafficking and other forms of organized crime. Using technology, media and administrative tactics, unconscious facilitators of crime, like hotel chains, internet providers, and chambers of commerce are targeted.... Read more about Challenges of Innovation in the Fight Against Organized Crime

  • 2014 Sep 16

    Program on Crisis Leadership Fall Semester Networking Hour

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Taubman Rotunda, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

    Crisis Leadership teamStudents interested in issues relating to crisis leadership, emergency management, and humanitarian assistance are invited to attend this start-of-semester networking event. Faculty and staff affiliated with the Ash and Taubman Center’s Program on Crisis Leadership and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will be on hand to discuss their research and teaching activities. Light refreshments served.

  • 2014 May 28

    Facilitating Technology Innovation in Human Services

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Online Webinar

    The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, Freedman Consulting, the American Public Human Services Association, and the National Governors Association are excited to present a webinar on facilitating technology innovation in public human services. As the challenges facing public human services agencies continue to grow, the potential exists for technology to serve as a powerful to tool to support well-being among the most vulnerable children and families. This webinar will illustrate the opportunities and rewards for human service agencies leveraging technology innovation, as well as highlight relevant strategies to assist would-be innovators seeking to take advantage of the opportunities provided by technology.

    Presenters in this webinar will discuss the number of ways human services agencies stand to benefit by successfully leveraging technology innovation. Following information from each of the presenters there will be the opportunity for webinar attendees to pose questions to the presenters.... Read more about Facilitating Technology Innovation in Human Services

  • 2014 May 15

    Ash Center Professors Discuss Social Media, Data, and Startups at IDEASpHERE

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    Ash Center professorsBy: Maisie O'Brien, HKS Communications

    The IDEASpHERE event on May 15-16 brought together HKS faculty, alumni, and students as well as global leaders to discuss the world's most pressing challenges and powerful ideas to address them.

    Ash Center professors participated in three IDEASpHERE seminars focused on a range of topics, including social media's impact on political mobilization, the potential for data to make government more efficient, and the burgeoning field of start-up democracy.... Read more about Ash Center Professors Discuss Social Media, Data, and Startups at IDEASpHERE

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