Making Democracy Work

  • 2017 Mar 23

    Understanding Red State Rage & What To Do About It

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Join us for a discussion with Arlie R. Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley. Professor Hochschild's most recent research focuses on the rise of the American right–the topic of her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award.

    Based on intensive interviews of Tea Party enthusiasts in Louisiana, conducted over the last five years and

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  • 2017 Feb 15

    Women and Leadership: Responses to Challenging Times

    4:15pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

    Please join us for a discussion about women and leadership, featuring:

    • Leah Wright Rigueur, “Intersectionality at the Core”
      • Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Melissa Williams, “Representing Women in Theory and Practice”
      • Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto and Senior Visiting Scholar, Ash Center
    • Jane Mansbridge, "Organizing as Women and Avoiding Common Failures”
      • Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard Kennedy School

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  • 2016 Nov 30

    What It Means to be a Progressive Today and How to Maintain Optimism

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

    Join us for our next seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion entitled: "What It Means to be a Progressive Today and How to Maintain Optimism."

    The British Labor Party has been the standard bearer for progressive politics and policy in England for more than a century. Since its foundation the British Labour Party has been essentially a coalition from social democracy to socialism. While always evolving the Labour Party, as dismal opinion polling shows, is becoming a mass membership movement rather than a government in waiting. How can center left

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  • 2016 Nov 16

    Leading in the Post-Truth World Where Facts Don’t Matter

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

     

    Join us for our next seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion entitled: "Leading in the Post-Truth World Where Facts Don’t Matter."

    Good public policy requires attention to facts and to the best science. Yet, in areas like health, environment, planning, and media, facts are often disputed and the science challenged. Successful policy development and implementation requires not just science and analysis, but small “p” politics to make sure that policy is connected to good science and facts in the face of opposition. How can public

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  • 2016 Nov 09

    Is Movement Politics Now More Appealing Than Party Politics

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

    Join us for our next seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion entitled: "Is Movement Politics Now More Appealing Than Party Politics."

    We rely on political parties to develop political leaders, articulate sensible and effective public policies and to govern wisely. But increasingly in the United States and in Europe, citizens are turning away from established political parties and revolts within them threaten to undermine the great parties of Anglo and American democracy. How can the great parties save themselves?

    This discussion will be

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  • 2016 Nov 02

    Brexit and Trump: The New Populism in the UK and US

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

    Join us for our inaugural seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion on Brexit and Trump: the new populism in the US and UK. As frustrated citizens lose faith in established political processes and leaders, they are turning to alternatives that may produce bad policy, bad outcomes for society, and perhaps even threaten democracy itself. What are the sources of these “populist” revolts against the elites that produced Brexit and the Trump candidacy? What does the future hold?

    This discussion will be moderated by Archon Fung, Ford Foundation

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  • 2016 Oct 25

    JFK Jr Forum -- Making Democracy Work: Is Democracy in Crisis?

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    JFK Jr Forum

    The Ash Center invites you to join a discussion in the JFK Jr Forum on Making Democracy Work: Is Democracy in Crisis? Speakers include Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at George Mason University, Jason Brennan, Robert J and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Term Associate Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and Melissa Williams, Visiting Scholar, Ash Center, and Professor of Political Science & Founding Director, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto. Christopher Robichaud, Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at HKS

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  • 2016 Sep 28

    #Tech4Democracy: Meet the Change Makers

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

    Missed the event? Hear an audio recording on the AshCast!

    Please join us for a panel of Harvard Kennedy School alumni working to leverage digital technology to make governance and society more inclusive. The panel will explore the potential and pitfalls of digital technology in realizing democratic values such as participation, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, and equal representation.

     

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  • 2016 Sep 07

    Anonymity, Pseudonymity, and Deliberation: Why Not Everything Should Be Connected

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mt Auburn St, Suite 200 North

    Kicking off our Making Democracy Work Seminar series, this talk explores anonymity, online institutional designs, and their effects on deliberation. University of Cambridge Postdoctoral Research Fellow Alfred Moore and colleagues built a data set of some 42 million comments made on the Huffington Post website between January 2013 and February 2015, as the site moved from a regime of easy anonymity, to registered pseudonyms, and finally to outsourcing their comments to Facebook. It turns out that real name environments may be worse for talking about politics online than

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