• 2013 May 28

    Asia Public Policy Forum: Poverty, Inequality, and Social Protection in Asia (2013)

    Tue May 28 (All day) to Thu May 30 (All day)


    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Refugee Camp in BangladeshAt this year’s annual Asia Public Policy Forum “Poverty, Inequality and Social Protection in Asia,” participants will consider approaches to social protection in East Asia and explore the extent to which, and the conditions under which, social protection programs can help reduce poverty and inequality. The Forum will consist of commissioned scholarly paper presentations and plenary discussion of the topics raised in these papers. Small group discussion sessions will also be organized on specific topics.

    Outputs from the Forum will include conference proceedings published online and potentially in book form. The organizers will also explore interest in a cross-country research program on the relationship between social protection policies and inequality in East Asia.... Read more about Asia Public Policy Forum: Poverty, Inequality, and Social Protection in Asia (2013)

  • 2013 May 16

    Civil Society & Governance (2013)

    (All day)


    Harvard Shanghai Center

    Led by Faculty Chair Anthony Saich and Yu Keping of China’s Central Compilation & Translation Bureau, the 2013 Annual Symposium on Civil Society and Governance was held May 16-17 at the Harvard Center Shanghai. Eighteen faculty panelists from Harvard and China and about 30 special guests were in attendance. The participants had the privilege of hearing from United States Ambassador to China Gary Locke and ZUO Xuejin, the Former Executive Vice (Acting) President of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.... Read more about Civil Society & Governance (2013)

  • 2013 May 12

    Asia Energy Leaders Program (2013)

    (All day)

    power linesThe Asia Energy Leaders Program convenes premier faculty and senior energy executives of the Asian region to analyze emerging trends in energy technology, policy, and markets. Dedicated executive programs are designed for upwards of four weeks, during which participants engage in site visits with leading U.S. technology companies, discussions with energy regulators at the federal and state levels, and targeted sessions with the most innovative leaders in energy finance.... Read more about Asia Energy Leaders Program (2013)

  • 2013 May 01

    Asia Vision 21 (2013)

    Wed May 1 (All day) to Fri May 3 (All day)


    Cambridge, MA

    Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center

    About the Conference
    The Harvard University Asia Vision 21 annual conference series has been a concerted effort at analyzing long-term issues and developments in Asia while forging a vision of the region for the 21st century. It began as a response to the financial crises of 1997-1998 in which both the causes and some of the proposed solutions to problems in the region were examined. Subsequent conferences explored specific topics, such as the crises recovery period and the burgeoning of globalization, from country-specific points of view and with immediate problems in mind.

    For the upcoming Asia Vision 21, we will discuss such topics as Asia and the world economy, domestic and regional security, the challenges of care giving for the elderly in China, and the geo-political impact of developing new sources of energy.... Read more about Asia Vision 21 (2013)

  • 2013 Apr 29

    Chinese Cities: Booming Growth or Doomed to Fail?

    4:10pm to 5:30pm


    124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Tony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs & Meg Rithmire, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

    Co-sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School; East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School; Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard; Harvard School of Public Health China Initiative; Harvard-Yenching Institute; Kennedy School Student Government; and the Social and Urban Policy Professional Interest Council

    About the Panel Discussion
    China's cities have reportedly been driving the country’s decades-long economic miracle. But behind this veneer of economic stability lies a system of mass migration and debt that appears to be collapsing under the weight of its own success. Join us as Tony Saich, director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, and Meg Rithmire, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, discuss the future of Chinese cities.... Read more about Chinese Cities: Booming Growth or Doomed to Fail?

  • 2013 Apr 25

    Implementing PerformanceStat: Lessons from the Field

    6:00pm to 7:15pm


    Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, Corner of JFK and Eliot Streets

    Co-sponsored by the Kennedy School's Regional, State, Local and Tribal (RSLT) Governance PIC and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

    Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville

    John Mattingly, former commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services

    and Beth Blauer, former director of Maryland’s StateStat.

    Moderated by HKS’s Bob Behn.

    “PerformanceStat” (aka Compstat, aka Citistat) has received considerable attention, nationally and at the Kennedy School, from public executives and policymakers interested in producing results by using data to analyze and motivate better performance. As with any promising leadership strategy, however, the challenge is implementation: How can leaders adapt PerformanceStat and make it work for their particular institution?... Read more about Implementing PerformanceStat: Lessons from the Field

  • 2013 Apr 25

    Peking Tom Perspectives: Seminar in Honor of Richard Baum

    4:10pm to 5:30pm


    Land Hall, 4th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS

    Co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

    As a leading scholar on China public policy and a professor of political science at UCLA, Richard Baum was author of over 50 scholarly studies, as well as author of five books and co-author or editor of five additional books. “He was one of the most important and influential China scholars of his generation,” said longtime colleague Clayton Dube, executive director of the University of Southern California's U.S.-China Institute. “Whenever anything important happened in China, people were anxious to know what Rick thought about it. His opinion was greatly valued” (as quoted in UCLA Newsroom).... Read more about Peking Tom Perspectives: Seminar in Honor of Richard Baum

  • 2013 Apr 25

    Leadership & the Internet with Eric Schmidt

    4:10pm to 5:30pm


    NYE ABC, 5th Floor Taubman

    Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean, HKS; Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy; and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

    Join Dean David Ellwood and David Gergen for a conversation with Eric Schmidt on his vision for the future, co-moderated by Ash-affiliated faculty member Archon Fung.

  • 2013 Apr 23

    What Are Foundations For? A Panel Debate on Philanthropy and Democracy

    11:30am to 1:00pm


    Land Hall, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

    Rob Reich, Stanford University
    Discussants: Eric Beerbohm, Frederick S. Danzinger Associate Professor of Government; Phil Buchanan, Center for Effective Philanthropy; Christine Letts, Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in the Practice of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

    Co-sponsored by the Ash Center, Boston Review Magazine, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

    About the Seminar

    Judge Richard Posner suggests that foundations are “total scandals” because they lack market or electoral accountability. Foundations also operate without significant transparency requirements, elevate the preferences of wealthy individuals across generations, and are recipients of generous tax breaks. In this final Democracy Seminar of the semester, Rob Reich will explore the role of foundations in democratic societies. He argues that foundations can gain legitimacy in spite of their plutocratic power, through their work in supporting pluralism and in long-run social policy innovation. Phil Buchanan, Christine Letts, and Eric Beerbohm will respond.... Read more about What Are Foundations For? A Panel Debate on Philanthropy and Democracy

  • 2013 Apr 22

    Bringing Human Services Technology into the 21st Century: The Role of Change Management in Facilitating Innovation



    Online Webinar

    The Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Case Commons Inc. are excited to present a webinar on the role of change management in facilitating technology innovation in public human services. As demands on public human services continue to increase, technology is playing an increasingly vital role. Technological changes are also organizational changes, and effective change management is essential to ensuring that technology improvements are implemented successfully.

    This webinar will offer as a case study Indiana’s adoption of Management Gateway for Indiana’s Kids (MAGIK), powered by Casebook(R), as its child welfare system of record. Incubated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casebook is a 21st-century child welfare information system developed by the nonprofit Case Commons.

    Steve Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard Kennedy School, former Mayor of Indianapolis, and former Deputy Mayor of New York City for Operations, will moderate a discussion among:

    • Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation

    • Tracy Wareing, Executive Director of the American Public Human Services Association

    • Kathleen Feely, Founder and CEO of Case Commons, Inc. and Vice President for Innovation at the Annie E. Casey Foundation

    • Judge Jim Payne, former Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services

    Presenters in this webinar will discuss the importance of modern information technology to the effective and innovative delivery of public-sector human services; as well as the vital link between robust change management strategies and success in human services information technology projects.

    Following information from each of the presenters there will be the opportunity for webinar attendees to pose questions to the presenters.

    This event is powered by the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network.