Democratic Governance

Miles Rapoport

Harvard Ash Center Appoints Miles Rapoport, Longtime Democracy Advocate, as Senior Fellow

January 19, 2017

Cambridge, MA -- Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation today announced the appointment of Miles Rapoport as its inaugural Senior Practice Fellow as part of the Center’s new Senior Practice Fellowship in American Democracy.

Rapoport, a longtime organizer, policy advocate, and elected official, brings to the Ash Center four decades of experience working to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in the United States. Prior to his appointment to the Ash Center, Rapoport was most recently president of the independent grassroots Read more about Harvard Ash Center Appoints Miles Rapoport, Longtime Democracy Advocate, as Senior Fellow

Archon Fung with Technology and Democracy Fellows

Ash Center Announces 2016-17 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 16, 2016

Cambridge, MA— The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce its new cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows—technologists committed to improving the health of American Democracy. This year’s Fellows are especially passionate about building the capacity and new tools needed by civic activists, community organizers, local government officials, and journalists who are so critical to making democracy work.

Under the direction of Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and Read more about Ash Center Announces 2016-17 Technology and Democracy Fellows

Tiana Epps-Johnson

Ash Democracy and Technology Fellow Tiana Epps-Johnson Launches Digital Toolkit for Election Officials

June 16, 2016

Cambridge, MA --  Tiana Epps-Johnson, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today launched the Election Toolkit for local officials administering elections across the United States.

The Election Toolkit, developed in part during Epps-Johnson's tenure as a fellow at the Ash Center and with the financial support of the John S. and James L. Knight Read more about Ash Democracy and Technology Fellow Tiana Epps-Johnson Launches Digital Toolkit for Election Officials

Solomon Kahn

Ash Fellow Launches New Campaign Finance Data Tool

May 23, 2016

Cambridge MA -- Solomon Kahn, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today launched Explore Campaign Finance, a new free and publicly accessible web platform housing decades worth of campaign finance data.

Explore Campaign Finance is an open source tool, which compiles the last 25 years of campaign finance data and puts it online in a new user friendly format. Kahn’s tool, developed in part during his Ash fellowship, allows the public to Read more about Ash Fellow Launches New Campaign Finance Data Tool

Ash Center Establishes Technology and Democracy Fellowship

February 22, 2016

Cambridge, MA— The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the establishment of the Technology and Democracy Fellowship.  Designed to build connections between the Kennedy School and the worlds of technology, policy, and government, the fellowship supports practitioners and students in developing their skills and understanding of major concepts related to technology and governance.

Technology and Democracy Fellows will design and lead a series of hands-on workshops for Harvard Kennedy School students on a broad range Read more about Ash Center Establishes Technology and Democracy Fellowship

Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter, Senior Latin America Policy Expert Joins Harvard Ash Center

February 8, 2016

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School today announced the appointment of longtime Latin America policy expert Peter Quilter as senior non-residential fellow. 

Quilter, who most recently served as the secretary for administration and finance at the Organization of American States (OAS) joins the Ash Center where he will focus on issues surrounding both the growth and retrenchment of democracy in the Western Hemisphere. “Peter’s perspective as a thought leader on Latin America policy will do Read more about Peter Quilter, Senior Latin America Policy Expert Joins Harvard Ash Center

New Ash Center Book is First Comprehensive Examination of Participatory Budgeting in U.S.

January 25, 2016

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Ash Center fellow Hollie Russon Gilman’s first book:

Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America

The first comprehensive academic treatment of participatory budgeting in the United States, Democracy Reinvented situates it within a broader trend of civic technology and innovation. This Read more about New Ash Center Book is First Comprehensive Examination of Participatory Budgeting in U.S.

Ash Center Announces Winners of #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

October 9, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School focused on the intersection of government and technology, today announced the winners of its #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge.  Over 350 people attended #Tech4Democracy, a HUBweek event, and voted for 28 different teams competing to take home a $5,000 People's Choice prize.  A second $5,000 Judge's Choice prize Read more about Ash Center Announces Winners of #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

Harvard Ash Center Announces Call for Applications for #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

August 13, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- As part of Hubweek, a collaboration between Harvard University, MIT, the Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today, announced a call for applications for its #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge to be held on Friday, October 9th at 5pm at the John F Kennedy Jr Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge will bring together Boston-area civic tech innovators and those with Read more about Harvard Ash Center Announces Call for Applications for #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

Harvard Ash Center Announces Appointment of Wael Ghonim as Senior Fellow

Harvard Ash Center Announces Appointment of Wael Ghonim as Senior Fellow

July 14, 2015

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School today announces the appointment of Egyptian technologist and Internet activist Wael Ghonim as a senior fellow. Ghonim recently cofounded Parlio, a new online community focused on elevating thoughtful discourse.

Ghonim’s research during his fellowship will focus on how technology can be harnessed to create space for civic-minded citizens, experts, opinion-makers, academics, and officials to engage each other in discussions of the most pressing social, political, and economic issues Read more about Harvard Ash Center Announces Appointment of Wael Ghonim as Senior Fellow

Harvard Ash Center Announces Winners of #Hack4Congress SF

Harvard Ash Center Announces Winners of #Hack4Congress SF

March 23, 2015

San Francisco, Ca.The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today announced the winners of #Hack4Congress SF, a competition to create common-sense solutions to make the U.S. Congress more efficient, effective and accountable to citizens. The event, held over March 21 and 22 at Code for America in San Francisco, drew nearly 100 students, software developers, academics, and everyday Americans from across the country, leading to nine innovative proposals to tackle five major threats to the future of democracy in America. Read more about Harvard Ash Center Announces Winners of #Hack4Congress SF

Harvard's Ash Center Announces 124 Bright Ideas in Government

Harvard's Ash Center Announces 124 Bright Ideas in Government

February 18, 2015

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today 124 innovative government programs as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year’s cohort includes programs from all levels of government – school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships Read more about Harvard's Ash Center Announces 124 Bright Ideas in Government

Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation Announce Winners of #Hack4Congress

Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation Announce Winners of #Hack4Congress

February 3, 2015

13 Teams Competed in “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

Cambridge, Mass.  The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and The OpenGov Foundation today announced the winners of last weekend’s #Hack4Congress competition to create common-sense solutions that would make the U.S. Congress more efficient, effective and accountable to citizens. The two-day event drew over 150 students, software developers, academics and everyday Americans Read more about Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation Announce Winners of #Hack4Congress

New Paper Explores Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary

New Paper Explores Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary

February 1, 2015

Cambridge, Mass. – A Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Faculty Research Working Paper examining the politicization of the American judiciary finds that the higher the court, the more conservative and polarized it becomes. The paper’s authors, HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Maya Sen and Stanford University Assistant Professor of Political Science Adam Bonica, employed an original set of data largely derived from campaign contributions Read more about New Paper Explores Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary

Ash Center, OpenGov Foundation Launch #Hack4Congress, A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

Ash Center, OpenGov Foundation Launch #Hack4Congress, A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

December 9, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and the OpenGov Foundation today kicked off registration for its January 30-Feb 1, 2015 “not-just-for-technologists” hackathon – #Hack4Congress.

Though the founders envisioned Congress as the linchpin of democracy in the United States Read more about Ash Center, OpenGov Foundation Launch #Hack4Congress, A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

HKS Ash Center to Host Discussion on Integrating Immigrant Communities in Lawrence, Mass.

HKS Ash Center to Host Discussion on Integrating Immigrant Communities in Lawrence, Mass.

March 20, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. −  The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in partnership with WBUR 90.9 FM, Lawrence Community Works, Lawrence History Center, and Qniversity, will host a discussion on integrating immigrant communities in Lawrence, Massachusetts on March 31st. Read more about HKS Ash Center to Host Discussion on Integrating Immigrant Communities in Lawrence, Mass.

Harvard Kennedy School Awarded $8.1 Million to Research Government Accountability and Transparency in Indonesia and Tanzania

Harvard Kennedy School Awarded $8.1 Million to Research Government Accountability and Transparency in Indonesia and Tanzania

August 5, 2013

Hewlett Foundation, Gates Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development Fund Five-Year Study

Cambridge, Mass. – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced it has been awarded an $8.1 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Department for International Development in the United Kingdom to support a rigorous, five-year, multi-country research study on the impact of community transparency and accountability initiatives on health and other social sector outcomes. Read more about Harvard Kennedy School Awarded $8.1 Million to Research Government Accountability and Transparency in Indonesia and Tanzania

Ash Center Devotes $150,000 in Grants Exploring Democracy's Challenges

Ash Center Devotes $150,000 in Grants Exploring Democracy's Challenges

February 1, 2013

HKS Faculty, Doctoral, and Post Doctoral Students Encouraged to Apply

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center's Challenges to Democracy Grant program will award $150,000 in funding support for HKS faculty workshops and doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships. Kennedy School doctoral students and faculty as well as post-doctoral students from the wider academic community are encouraged to apply by April 1, 2013. Read more about Ash Center Devotes $150,000 in Grants Exploring Democracy's Challenges

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