Cities, Technology and Democracy Study Group Session 4: A Call to Action


Monday, April 28, 2014, 4:10pm to 6:00pm


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

Joseph CurtatoneJorrit de Jong, Lecturer in Public Policy and Management and Academic Director for the Innovations in Government Program
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts and Senior Fellow, Ash Center

About the Session
In this interactive session, Professor Jorrit de Jong and Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone will help participants develop a set of concrete recommendations for how cities like Somerville might consider the ideas and solutions discussed during the study group, from adopting or scaling tech innovations that will benefit all residents to pursuing policy goals such as tech equity and greater public engagement. This conversation will also serve to kick-off a collaboration that Mayor Curtatone and Professor de Jong are planning as part of the Mayor’s recent appointment as a senior fellow affiliated with the Ash Center. A reception will follow the discussion.

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Suggested Reading

Report to the Mayor: Resident Happiness and Satisfaction with the City of Somerville 2013 (Daniel Hadley, Skye Stewart, and Hannah Weinstock): “Survey data suggest that Somerville residents are generally happy and satisfied with the City. A feeling of safety as well as satisfaction with City aesthetics, especially its parks, seems to be driving this sense of wellbeing.”

About the Study Group
This event is the final in a four-part study group series, “Cities, Technology, and Democracy” organized by HKS student groups Tech4Change and the Regional, State, Local, and Tribal (RSLT) Governance PIC, along with the Ash Center. Over the course of four sessions, the group will explore how new tools empower citizens and create ”smart” cities. The study group will also discuss important challenges. For instance, will the expansion of data and technology really be accessible to everyone, or will some groups be left behind?

Session 1: Youth Participatory Budgeting in Boston with Archon Fung (February 19)
Session 2: The Responsive City with Susan Crawford (March 12)
Session 3: From Potholes to Policies with Quinton Mayne (March 26)