Ash Community Speaker Series --Ask What You Can Do To Innovate!


Friday, December 1, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-N

Join us and the members of the HKS Innovation Field Lab teaching team for a discussion about local civic innovation and how HKS students can get involved. Speakers will include: 

  • Dr. Jorrit de Jong, HKS Lecturer in Public Policy, Faculty Director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative,  Academic Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center 
  •  Jessica Kahlenberg, Harvard Kennedy School MPP '17, Innovation and Strategy Advisor, City of Chelsea
  • Silvie Senauke, Harvard Kennedy School MPP, City of Chelsea Coordinator
  • Christine Koh, Harvard Kennedy School MPP, City of Fitchburg Coordinator
  • Chuck Arrsauyaq Herman, Harvard Kennedy School MPP, City of Lawrence Coordinator
  • Kyle Ofori, Harvard Kennedy School MPP & Harvard Graduate School of Design MUP, City of Salem Coordinator
  • Manuel González-Schuler, Harvard Kennedy School MPA, City of Winthrop Coordinator

The Innovation Field Lab (MLD-621) is a spring course and field project that immerses student teams in the real world challenges facing municipal governments. Led by Jorrit de Jong the Innovation Field Lab places matches student teams to local municipal governments to do hands-on work to help local governments innovate. 
The course is an exciting and unique exercise focused on problem diagnosis, designing innovative practices, community development, data analytics, leadership and management. Come hear from past students, summer fellows, and the teaching team about the work accomplished in previous semesters and what to expect from the course in 2018.

The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students, faculty, fellows, and alumni whose research or other academic work is supported by the Ash Center. The series is a forum to discuss new ideas, innovative work, and ongoing projects that are related to the Ash Center's mission to make the world a better place by advancing excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion.