Sparking Change: Symposium on Public Sector Innovation


Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 1:30pm to 6:00pm


Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA

About the Symposium

Join public officials from cities, towns, and state agencies across Massachusetts for a nuts and bolts conversation on fostering innovation in government. Participants will join the nine finalists for Harvard University's Innovations in American Government Award for an exchange of ideas and experiences on transforming how we address our toughest public problems. The small group discussions will focus on novel yet practical solutions as well as implementation: how to get good ideas started, how to tackle the bureaucratic hurdles, where and how to leverage funding and support, and more.

Featuring Confirmed Speakers:

  • Prabal Chakrabarti, Vice-President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Joseph Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville and Senior Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
  • Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of Government and Director, Innovations in Government Program
  • Ira A. Jackson, Dean, McCormack Graduate School
  • Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

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May 20 Finalists Presentations
Also join us on May 20, 1:30pm, to hear each of the nine finalist programs make a presentation to, and respond to questions from, the Innovations National Selection Committee in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard Kennedy School. 

Co-sponsored by:

Edward J Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management, University of Massachusetts Boston

UMass Boston Collins Center

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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