Nye Rooms ABC, Fifth Floor Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School
A Conversation with Founder of Wanda Group, Recent Acquirer of AMC Theaters Jianlin Wang, Wanda Group
About the Seminar Jianlin Wang, founder and chairman of the Wanda Group and a leading commercial real estate magnate, will speak on his company’s recent $2.6 billion acquisition of AMC Theaters to create the world’s largest cinema chain to date. The purchase marks the largest cross-border acquisition by a privately-held Chinese company in history. Wang will elaborate on Wanda Group’s innovative strategies since its inception and share his views on the bold pace of globalization by Chinese enterprises.... Read more about The Bold Pace of China’s Globalization
124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation welcomes you to the 2012 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.... Read more about Ash Center Open House
Seminar will be live tweeted. Follow and tweet your comments using #ashtalk during the event.
About the Webinar A report being released on July 24, 2012, provides new information on the places in the United States and around the world which have shown the greatest improvement on PISA and NAEP tests over the past two decades. The report will be featured in a conference to be held July 25-27, 2012, at Harvard University. At the conference several scholars will present additional papers that identify factors which cause or are correlated with system improvement either within the United States or internationally, and practitioners from the most improved places around the world will speak to the experiences of their home state or country.... Read more about Is the United States Catching Up? International and State Trends in Student Achievement
Executive Education Course Chaired by Professors Dan Levy and Julie Wilson
About the Course Managers of social programs are under increasing pressure to provide evidence about the effectiveness of their programs, but what constitutes reliable and valid evidence of effectiveness? How should an organization generate evidence about the effectiveness of social programs? What data should organizations collect, and how should managers use that data? How does one assess and apply evidence that others have generated about what works? Answering these questions can help managers lead their organizations to design and implement more effective social programs.... Read more about Using Evidence to Improve Social Program Effectiveness
About the Webinar Join us for a live, online webinar with Joel Dunn, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Conservancy, and John Maounis, National Park Service Superintendent of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail.
Dunn and Maounis will describe their collaborative efforts to pull together public, private, nonprofit, and academic organizations throughout the Chesapeake watershed to achieve lasting conservation outcomes related to recreation, clean water, wildlife habitat conservation, and sustainable resource utilization. Their work is at the core of an emerging landscape-scale conservation initiative that aims to do no less than restore the health and productivity of America’s largest estuary – a resource of historic significance associated with ancient native cultures as well as some of the very earliest English settlements in the New World.... Read more about Conservation Innovation Forum: Pulling Together for the Chesapeake
About the Webinar Private businesses have become actively and effectively engaged in addressing and combating human trafficking as the anti-trafficking movement has grown. Due to the complexity of the crime of human trafficking, the role of the private sector has become increasingly vital. In order to create effective strategies to combat this human rights challenge, it is critical to combine the knowledge, experience, and skills of the private sector with public-sector organizations.
As part of their online conference series, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation are joined by the U.N. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and the U.N. Global Compact in hosting a Web-based conference: “Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Public/Private Partnerships.”... Read more about Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Public/Private Partnerships
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
This year’s Asia Public Policy Forum focuses on the theme of disaster management – an issue of critical concern for an area highly vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards. With the aim of fostering discussion on core disaster management challenges and advances in Asia, it will feature presentations on a variety of issues concerning disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness and response, and disaster recovery.... Read more about Asia Public Policy Forum: Disaster Management in Asia (2012)
About the Webinar As governments around the world work their way out of the financial crisis, one thing is certain: sharing resources, functions and services is the new normal. This is even truer in the consumer marketplace, where the “sharing economy” has spawned a new type of customer who prefers buying in “pieces” rather than “wholes.” A big example is car sharing, where people purchase time blocks (an hour, a day) for a car instead of purchasing their own car that would often sit idle.
This webinar will look at how Zipcar has built the world’s largest “platform” for sharing and how government is applying the Zipcar and sharing economy model to transform operations and citizen services. The webinar will be moderated by Antonio Oftelie, Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University.... Read more about Zipcar and the Sharing Economy: What Can Government Learn?
124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
Christian Gibbons, Director of Business/Industry Affairs, Littleton, Colorado
About the Seminar Littleton, Colorado’s Economic Gardening program focuses on enhancing the city’s home-grown industries to increase job growth and overall economic prosperity for the region.
Economic Gardening presents before the National Committee in 2011
Launched in 1987, Economic Gardening gives emerging growth Stage II businesses assistance in competitive market research, trade area analysis, social media, and web marketing grounded in a host of scientific theories adapted to entrepreneurship. The program reports that since its creation, the city’s job base has nearly doubled (from 15,000 to 27,000) and sales tax revenue has tripled (from $6 million to $20 million), while the population has increased by 23 percent. Moreover, the city’s industry is now more diversified: from primarily oil and defense contracts previously to telecommunications, healthcare, engineering, software, and other industries today.... Read more about Economic Gardening: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Economic Development
JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA
A panel conversation with Craig McKinley, Mary Landry, and Julie Bentz
About the Seminar General Craig McKinley, National Guard Bureau Chief; Retired Admiral Mary Landry, US Coast Guard; and Brigadier General Julie Bentz, National Security Council, discussed the military’s role in responding to disasters such as the U.S. Gulf oil spill and the Fukushima meltdown, as well as other recent events. Topics include the challenges faced and lessons learned, as well as how the military is preparing for future disasters. The panel was moderated by Herman “Dutch” Leonard, Harvard Kennedy School Professor of Public Policy.