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Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development Joins the Ash Center

July 23, 2019
Cambridge, MA —Today, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (HPAIED or the Harvard Project) announced that it is joining the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a research center at Harvard Kennedy School focused in part on researching and disseminating innovative public policy solutions.
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Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Third Class of Mayors to Go Back to School

July 15, 2019

New York, NY The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative today announced the third class of forty-one mayors from around the world who will participate in the yearlong education and professional development program designed exclusively for mayors and city leaders. The forty-one mayors joined Harvard faculty and renowned management experts in New York City this week for a 3-day, immersive classroom experience to kick-off the program.... Read more about Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Third Class of Mayors to Go Back to School

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Harvard Ash Center Case Study Finds Companies’ Voter Engagement Initiatives are Effective, No Matter the Scale

June 26, 2019

Washington, D.C.—Today, Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation released a new study titled, "Civic Responsibility: The Power of Companies to Increase Voter Turnout.​" Study coauthors Sofia Gross and Ashley Spillane examined the 2018 midterm voter participation initiatives of eight companies and found that the companies’ civic engagement strategies not only helped get voters to the polls, but created additional business value.... Read more about Harvard Ash Center Case Study Finds Companies’ Voter Engagement Initiatives are Effective, No Matter the Scale

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Announcing Act II Speaker Series in Conjunction with World Premiere Musical We Live in Cairo

May 2, 2019

Cambridge, MA—American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, in collaboration with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, announces they will co-present a series of post-show discussions with leading artists, journalists, and scholars in conjunction with A.R.T.’s production of We Live in Cairo on topics inspired by the show. Written by brothers Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour, We Live in Cairo is inspired by the young Egyptians who took to the streets in 2011 to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak.... Read more about Announcing Act II Speaker Series in Conjunction with World Premiere Musical We Live in Cairo

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Top Public-Sector Innovation Award Seeks Programs Creating Economic Opportunity for All

April 30, 2019

Cambridge, MA — The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School today announced its call for nominations for the 2019 Innovations in American Government Award. This year the Innovations in American Government Awards Program is specifically seeking nominees focused on creating economic opportunity for all.

In order to be eligible to apply, programs must be designed to achieve at least...

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HKS Ash Center and Case Program Launch First Cases in Legislative Negotiation

April 17, 2019

Cambridge, MA—Today, the Ash Center and SLATE’s Case Program at Harvard Kennedy School announced the release of a groundbreaking package of cases, simulations, and exercises for teaching effective legislative negotiation aimed at U.S. state and federal legislators. These materials were developed as part of the Center’s Project on Legislative Negotiation with support provided by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Madison Initiative.... Read more about HKS Ash Center and Case Program Launch First Cases in Legislative Negotiation

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Ash Paper Proposes New Model for Rideshare Regulation in Cities

January 17, 2019

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation today published a report by Stephen Goldsmith, the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government at Harvard Kennedy School, on reforming ridesharing regulations in urban areas. In his paper, Reforming Mobility Management: Rethinking the Regulatory Framework, Goldsmith, who also serves as the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the Ash Center, calls on cities to adopt a “light touch”...

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Rhode Island’s Works Wonders Program Awarded Harvard’s 2018 Innovations In American Government Award

December 12, 2018
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 Works Wonders, a job training and placement initiative in Rhode Island aimed at youth who have aged out of—or are about to age out of—state care, as the winner of the 2018 Innovations in American Government Award. The award will be presented to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo at a ceremony...
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Harvard Kennedy School Meets 90% Student Participation Goal in Harvard Votes Challenge

October 24, 2018

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation announced today that over 90 percent of all eligible Harvard Kennedy School students have committed to registering to vote as part of the Harvard Votes Challenge, a university-wide campaign to build a stronger culture of voting among Harvard students.

The Ash Center, which helped coordinate the Kennedy School’s participation in the Harvard Votes Challenge, worked with teams of students across the...

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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