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Ash Center Introduces 2018-19 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 1, 2018
Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce its newest cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows— six technology and digital leaders from around the country committed to improving the health of American democracy. This year’s fellows have demonstrated a deep passion for using technology to strengthen our democracy through citizen engagement, social empowerment, and government transparency and...
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Ash Center Report Makes Key Policy Recommendations for Cities Grappling with Data Analytics

July 30, 2018
Cambridge, MA – Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School released a white paper capturing lessons learned from a variety of municipal-level data analytics projects to help cities better understand how data- and tech-enabled innovations are aiding urban governance.
 
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Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Second Class of Mayors Go Back to School

July 25, 2018

New York, NY – The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative today announced the second class of forty mayors from around the world who will participate in the yearlong education and professional development program designed exclusively for mayors. The forty mayors joined Harvard faculty and renowned management experts in New York City this week for a 3-day, immersive classroom experience and convening to kick-off the program.

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Ash Center Announces Finalists for Innovations in American Government Award

July 23, 2018

Cambridge, MA – Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the finalists for the 2018 Innovations in American Government Award. Seven programs, listed below, will compete for a $50,000 grand prize this fall in Cambridge.... Read more about Ash Center Announces Finalists for Innovations in American Government Award

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Ash Center Launches New Repository of Government Data Visualizations & Maps

April 24, 2018

Cambridge, MA - Data-Smart City Solutions, a program of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, today launched a searchable public database comprising cutting-edge examples of public sector data use. The "Solutions Search" indexes interactive maps and visualizations, spanning civic issue areas such as transportation, public health,...

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Jane Mansbridge Awarded the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

April 6, 2018

Jane Mansbridge, Charles F. Adams Professor in Political Leadership and Democratic Values at Harvard Kennedy School, has been named winner of the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, the Skytte Foundation announced Friday (April 6). The Skytte Foundation cited Mansbridge’s influence in enhancing “our understanding of democracy in its direct and representative forms.”... Read more about Jane Mansbridge Awarded the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

Ash Center, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and Taubman Center Name Martin O’Malley as Visiting Fellow

February 7, 2018

Cambridge, MAHarvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government have named former Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley as a shared Visiting Fellow for 2018. While at the Kennedy School, O’Malley will engage with students, faculty, staff, and current elected leaders on issues relating to the challenges and opportunities of public service in state and local government.... Read more about Ash Center, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and Taubman Center Name Martin O’Malley as Visiting Fellow

Ash Rated Among Top University-Affiliated Think Tanks

February 6, 2018

Cambridge, MA—Three Harvard Kennedy School research centers are cited as among the best university-affiliated think tanks in the world.

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Center for International Development (CID) are among those named in the latest edition of the “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report,” produced annually for the past decade by James McGann, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute.... Read more about Ash Rated Among Top University-Affiliated Think Tanks

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Harvard’s Stephen Goldsmith and NYU’s Neil Kleiman Launch New Vision for Remaking City Government

January 11, 2018

Cambridge, MA. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Goldsmith and New York University Professor Neil Kleiman’s new book:

A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance

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Ash Center Seeks Nominations for Public-Sector Programs Improving Economic and Social Mobility

Ash Center Seeks Nominations for Public-Sector Programs Improving Economic and Social Mobility

November 15, 2017

Cambridge, MA — The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announced today a major restructuring to its flagship award program, the Innovations in American Government Awards. For more than thirty years, the Innovations Award has sought to recognize public-sector programs that make American government more efficient, more creative, and more effective at addressing social problems and providing services to the public. The changes to the Awards program are designed to better meet these goals by seeking applicants focused on a single, intractable...

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Harvard's Ash Center Launches New Project on Transparency and Technology for Better Health

September 28, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center housed at Harvard Kennedy School, announced The Project on Transparency and Technology for Better Health, a new research initiative to examine how advances in transparency and data sharing may lead to better health outcomes.

New digital platforms promise to empower patients by allowing them to produce and share their own health data and connect...

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With Party Conference on the Horizon, Tony Saich Wonders What Does Xi Jinping Dream About?

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Ash Center Introduces 2017-18 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 21, 2017

Cambridge, MA The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce its newest cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows— six technologists from around the country committed to improving the health of American democracy. This year’s fellows have demonstrated a deep passion for using technology to strengthen our democracy through citizen engagement, social empowerment, and government transparency and accessibility.... Read more about Ash Center Introduces 2017-18 Technology and Democracy Fellows

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New Paper Explores Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services and Government

August 14, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Hila Mehr, a Technology and Democracy Fellow with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School released a white paper highlighting how government can adopt artificial intelligence (AI) to better citizen services. In her paper, Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services and Government, Mehr discusses how AI has the capacity to transform government by reducing administrative burdens, helping to resolve resource allocation problems, and taking on significantly complex tasks. ... Read more about New Paper Explores Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services and Government

Statement from Anthony Saich, Ash Center Director

August 14, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Today, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation Director Anthony Saich issued the following statement: 

"The New York Times' story Aug. 10, ‘A Missing Tycoon’s Links to China’s Troubled Dalian Wanda,’ mischaracterized my comments on China's general financial issues as a link between Dalian Wanda and Xiao Jianhua. I have no knowledge of any connection between Mr. Xiao and Wanda’s business decisions, and I was not directly asked about it by The Times. Any reporting to the contrary is incorrect."... Read more about Statement from Anthony Saich, Ash Center Director

Connecticut Green Bank Awarded Harvard's 2017 Innovations in American Government Award

Connecticut Green Bank Awarded Harvard's 2017 Innovations in American Government Award

July 12, 2017

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, today named the Connecticut Green Bank the winner of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Award. The award, including a $100,000 grand prize to support the replication and dissemination of the initiative, will be presented at a ceremony in Hartford, Conn., later this summer. ... Read more about Connecticut Green Bank Awarded Harvard's 2017 Innovations in American Government Award

California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission Awarded Top 2017 Harvard Public Engagement in Government Award

California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission Awarded Top 2017 Harvard Public Engagement in Government Award

July 6, 2017

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, today announced the California Citizens Redistricting Commission as the winner of the 2017 Roy and Lila Ash Innovation Award for Public Engagement in Government. The $100,000 grand prize to support the replication and dissemination of the initiative will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC, later this month.... Read more about California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission Awarded Top 2017 Harvard Public Engagement in Government Award

Ash Center Announces Finalists and Top 25 Programs for Innovations in American Government Award

May 2, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the Top 25 programs in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition, including the seven finalists who will compete for the $100,000 grand prize on May 17 in Cambridge.

Selected by a team of policy experts, researchers, and practitioners, these initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state, and federal governments, and address such policy issues as economic development,...

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Ash Center Announces Finalists and Top 10 Programs for Public Engagement in Government Award

Ash Center Announces Finalists and Top 10 Programs for Public Engagement in Government Award

May 2, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the Top 10 programs for the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations in Public Engagement in Government Award, including the four finalists who will compete for the $100,000 grand prize on May 17 in Cambridge.

Launched in 2014, the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government was initially conceived of through a joint effort of the Innovations in American Government (IAG) Awards and the Ash Center’s...

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