2014

  • 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 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

  • 2014 Sep 04

    U.S.-China Relationship Forum (2014)

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Beijing, China

    In commemoration of the normalization of U.S. diplomatic relations with China, the Ash Center is cosponsoring a major conference in conjunction with the Carter Center in Atlanta and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Ash Center Director Tony Saich will lead a number of sessions exploring areas of mutual interest and concern shared by both China and the U.S. Former president Jimmy Carter will address conference attendees about the future of diplomatic and economic relations between Washington and Beijing.

  • 2014 Jun 05

    Ash Center Hosts Former President of Indonesia Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie (1998-1999)

    5:00pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    L-130, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School

    BJ HabibieFormer President of Indonesia Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie (1998-1999)
    Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy

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    Event Description

    Earlier this June, the Ash Center’s Indonesia program played host to former President of Indonesia Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie for an event entitled “Democracy and Pluralism: What Can we Learn From Indonesia.” Having held office for two years in the late 1990s, Habibie oversaw Indonesia’s post-Suharto transition from an authoritarian state to an emerging democracy, which HKS Professor and Ash faculty affiliate Tarek Masoud called “one of the world’s most improbable democracies.”... Read more about Ash Center Hosts Former President of Indonesia Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie (1998-1999)

  • 2014 Jun 05

    Asia Public Policy Forum (2014): Urban Transport and Land Use in Rapidly Growing Asian Cities

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    The 2014 Asia Public Policy Forum “Urban Transport and Land Use in Rapidly Growing Asian Cities” will convene central and local government leaders, city planners and officials from transportation agencies, private sector managers, and scholars from Southeast and East Asia to discuss trends in urban transportation and land use and their implications for congestion and sustainability. Potential policy responses will be explored, including coordinated transportation and land use planning, promotion of public and non-motorized transportation, congestion pricing, and managed urban growth. The...

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  • 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

  • 2014 May 01

    Crossing Boundaries: How Local Innovations in Immigrant Integration are Expanding our Notions of Democracy

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Child with flagKamal Essaheb, Immigration Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
    Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Massachusetts State Representative (D-Pittsfield)
    Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, Center for Community Change
    Carlos Saavedra, Co-founder of United...

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  • 2014 Apr 30

    Harvard University’s #Tech4Democracy Movement, with Harvard innovation lab

    4:10pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Blue-green handsPanel Discussion and Tweet Chat

    Mat Morgan, ShoutAbout
    Cristina Garmendia, OpportunitySpace
    Seth Flaxman, TurboVote
    Gaurav Keerthi, Dialectic
    Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship (Moderator)

    About the Event
    Mainstream efforts in the arena of democratic reform include campaign finance reform, election administration, and reform of the electoral college. But the next democratic revolution may be driven by much smaller operators – especially start-ups riding the digital technology revolution. And Harvard University students, alumni, and faculty are launching some of the most compelling and promising tech start-ups that find creative ways to deepen democracy by mobilizing citizens and empowering them to influence the critical public and private decisions and policies that affect their lives.... Read more about Harvard University’s #Tech4Democracy Movement, with Harvard innovation lab

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