Community Speaker Series

  • 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 Nov 14

    Bloodlines, Billionaires, and Bloomberg in China

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Peiran Wei, MC-Mason ’15, and Edward Cunningham, Director of Ash Center’s China Programs

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    The rise of new wealth in China is one of the most profound shifts in the country today, and has already begun to shape China’s political, economic, and social landscapes. Peiran Wei, MC-Mason ’15, and Edward Cunningham, Director of the Ash Center’s China Programs, will discuss Wei’s groundbreaking journalism for Bloomberg News on China’s billionaires.... Read more about Bloodlines, Billionaires, and Bloomberg in China

  • 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

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    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 31

    Optimizing the Impact of Your Field Research

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Carol Khagondi, MC/Mason ’15 and Jurist Tan, MPA/ID ’15
    Friday, October 31, 2014, 12-1 p.m.

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    Join us for a discussion with Carol Khagondi and Jurist Tan – two HKS students with years of experience working to improve social policy through the design and implementation of large-scale field surveys and randomized controllled trials. Their talk will explore real-world operational challenges that overwhelm many research studies, including training and managing a team of researchers, designing and piloting surveys and experiments, and monitoring both costs and data quality.... Read more about Optimizing the Impact of Your Field Research

  • 2014 Oct 24

    Two Models for Representing Workers' Rights: Local Organizing versus International Standards

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

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

    BoardroomAsh Center Student Speaker Series

    Sanjay Kumar, MC/Mason ’15 and Rosie Zhang, MC/Mason ’15

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    In fast developing countries, ensuring safe and humane working conditions can be a contentious and evasive struggle. Sanjay Kumar and Rosie Zhang will discuss their work protecting the rights and voice of workers in India and China, respectively. The discussion will cover standard setting, monitoring, ethical sourcing and other approaches to labor rights protection in China from the perspective of international corporations, NGOs, and regimes.... Read more about Two Models for Representing Workers' Rights: Local Organizing versus International Standards

  • 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 10

    Six Countries in Four Weeks

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series Presents
    Samuel Kim, MPA ’14 and Ignacio Alvaro Benito, MC-MPA ’14

    About the Event
    When learning about leadership, education, or entrepreneurship in Asia, students often hear abstract ideas and theories. The HKS student- and alumni-run Asia Leadership Trek allows students to visit and experience Asia, exploring political, economic, educational, and societal issues with government and business leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, students, and more.... Read more about Six Countries in Four Weeks

  • 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

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    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 26

    Volunteer Bureaucrats: Neighborhood and Grassroots Organizations as Agents of Local Governance in Asia

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

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

    photosKick-off Seminar of the Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Seth Soderborg, Ph.D. Student, Department of Government and Chen Jiaxi, Director of the Center for Chinese Local Government Innovations at Shenzhen University

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    Seth Soderborg, a Ph.D. Student from the Department of Government, and Chen Jiaxi, Director of the Center for Chinese Local Government Innovations at Shenzhen University and a Rajawali fellow at the Ash Center, will be our speakers. Soderborg will present preliminary work on the changing role of neighborhood association leaders in Indonesian communities. Over the summer, he interviewed neighborhood association leaders in Jakarta, Banda Aceh, and Medan, to understand their unique role in local administration, public goods provision, and policing.... Read more about Volunteer Bureaucrats: Neighborhood and Grassroots Organizations as Agents of Local Governance in Asia

  • 2014 Sep 08

    Ash Center’s 2014 Open House

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Open HouseInterested in Good Governance, Public Participation, and Policy Innovation?

    Join us at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation’s 2014 Open House!

    Learn about the Ash Center’s resources for students, research, course offerings, and programs fostering excellence in democratic governance and innovation. Our faculty will be available to meet and answer questions during the event.

    In addition, we will be unveiling a photo exhibit depicting fellow HKS students’ fieldwork projects.... Read more about Ash Center’s 2014 Open House

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