2012

2012 Apr 30

Economic Gardening: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Economic Development

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Christian Gibbons, Director of Business/Industry Affairs, Littleton, Colorado

About the Seminar
Littleton, Colorado’s Economic Gardening program focuses on enhancing the city’s home-grown industries to increase job growth and overall economic prosperity for the region.


Economic Gardening presents before the National Committee in 2011

Launched in 1987, Economic Gardening gives emerging growth Stage II businesses assistance in competitive market research, trade area analysis, social media, and web marketing grounded in a host of scientific theories adapted to entrepreneurship. The program reports that since its creation, the city’s job base has nearly doubled (from 15,000 to 27,000) and sales tax revenue has tripled (from $6 million to $20 million), while the population has increased by 23 percent. Moreover, the city’s industry is now more diversified: from primarily oil and defense contracts previously to telecommunications, healthcare, engineering, software, and other industries today.... Read more about Economic Gardening: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Economic Development

2012 Apr 26

Disaster Response: The Military’s Role from Japan to the Gulf

6:00pm

Location: 

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

A panel conversation with Craig McKinley, Mary Landry, and Julie Bentz

About the Seminar
General Craig McKinley, National Guard Bureau Chief; Retired Admiral Mary Landry, US Coast Guard; and Brigadier General Julie Bentz, National Security Council, discussed the military’s role in responding to disasters such as the U.S. Gulf oil spill and the Fukushima meltdown, as well as other recent events. Topics include the challenges faced and lessons learned, as well as how the military is preparing for future disasters. The panel was moderated by Herman “Dutch” Leonard, Harvard Kennedy School Professor of Public Policy.

2012 Apr 26

Opportunities and Dilemmas Faced by Chinese Rural Development in China’s Urbanization Wave

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

A Panel Discussion with a Beijing Zhenggezhuang Village Entrepreneur

Language: Chinese
Light Dinner Served

About the Seminar
What are the opportunities and dilemmas faced by Chinese rural villages and farmers taking part in China’s massive urbanization wave? What is the impact of Chinese rural land policies on China’s rural development and urbanization? What will the development path and model be for Chinese rural villages in the future? This panel will include in-depth discussion from the perspectives of village, local government, and academic institutions.... Read more about Opportunities and Dilemmas Faced by Chinese Rural Development in China’s Urbanization Wave

2012 Apr 24

General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar

Tue Apr 24 (All day) to Fri Apr 27 (All day)

Executive Education Course

About the Course
The General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar is designed by the Ash Center’s Program on Crisis Leadership.

The United States faces a continuing necessity to be prepared for and capable of responding to a major disaster – be it a massive seismic event, a major hurricane, a pandemic outbreak, or a terrorist event. Much of the thinking about how to organize a response to such an event imagines a highly centralized operation. However, much of our recent history with major events suggests an alternative approach to crisis response.

Instead of hierarchical command from a single location, we need to prepare for a response involving operations by many different organizations and agencies, including federal, state, and local government, nonprofit organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army, and private sector organizations like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, as well as community groups. Such a response is inherently decentralized.... Read more about General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar

2012 Apr 24

Equity in Health Care Delivery in Indonesia: Gaps and Governance

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

About the Speaker
Anuraj Shankar is a senior research scientist at Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition. Shankar is also principal investigator for the Higher Education Network Ring Initiative (HENRI) which trains Indonesian scientists and public health professionals specifically in integration, analysis, and use of country-level data for improved public health decision making. By broadening the capacity to meaningfully utilize data at the country level, HENRI hopes to enhance the impact of health programs and provide needed acceleration toward Millennium Development Goals (MDG) four and five, improving both maternal health and reducing newborn and child mortality.

2012 Apr 23

Boston Teacher Residency: An Innovative Model for Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining Educators in the Boston Public Schools

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Marcie Osinsky, Boston Teacher Residency Curriculum Director
Co-sponsored by the Program on Education Policy and Governance, HKS

About the Seminar
Boston Public Schools’ Boston Teacher Residency program attracts and retains a diverse group of high quality teachers to drive up academic achievement in the highest-need areas of Boston.


Boston Teacher Residency presents before the National Committee in 2011

Aspiring teachers, called residents, participate in a year-long apprenticeship, working with experienced teachers and taking courses to earn a master’s degree. Graduates receive ongoing support for their first three years of teaching. Boston Teacher Residency reports an 80 percent three-year retention rate of its graduates compared to a 53 percent district three-year teacher retention rate before the program’s inception in 2003. Academic achievement is also up: the program is part of a set of district initiatives contributing to a seven percent increase in the student graduation rate since 2006. Boston Teacher Residency co-founded Urban Teacher Residency United which has supported replication of the residency model in 14 cities around the country.... Read more about Boston Teacher Residency: An Innovative Model for Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining Educators in the Boston Public Schools

2012 Apr 18

Countdown to the 18th Congress: Lessons from the Bo Xilai / Wang Lijun Affair

12:15pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

CGIS North Building, Room K262, 1737 Cambridge St.

Richard Baum, University of California Los Angeles
Co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

About the Seminar
This will be an informal roundtable discussion of current elite politics in China, in view of the recent dismissal of Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai and the intrigue surrounding the actions of then vice-mayor and public security chief Wang Lijun.

Panel discussants:

  • Alastair Iain Johnston, Governor James Alpert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs

  • Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science

2012 Apr 17

Community-Powered Disaster Recovery: A Brownbag Presentation by Recovers.Org

12:00pm

Location: 

Taubman 301, Harvard Kennedy School

Caitria O’Neill and Morgan O’Neill, Recovers.Org

About the Seminar
Recovers.Org provides free software and support to recovering areas immediately after a disaster. In this brownbag presentation, the organization’s co-founders will discuss how the services Recovers.Org provides allows towns to capture the goodwill of people post-disaster – and turn it into action – amidst the chaos that frequently characterizes early relief and recovery efforts. They will speak about their motivations for creating the organization – and the successes and challenges they’ve experienced since Recovers.Org launched.... Read more about Community-Powered Disaster Recovery: A Brownbag Presentation by Recovers.Org

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