2013 Apr 10

Reinventing Urban Democracy in New York and Somerville

4:10pm to 5:30pm


Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, 2nd Floor, HKS

Joseph Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, MA; Brad Lander, Council Member, New York City; and Hollie Russon-Gilman, Ash Center

Co-sponsored by the Regional, State, Local & Tribal Governance Public Interest Council, HKS

About the Seminar
What would happen if citizens got together to decide collectively how budgets are spent? Participatory budgeting began in Brazil, where it is used in more than 100 cities, and has just recently spread to the United States. Council Member Brad Lander helped to spearhead the efforts of eight New York City council members to put their capital budgets, totaling around $10 million, up to this democratic process. He will speak about the vision, the benefits, and the challenges of this exciting new experiment in urban democracy.... Read more about Reinventing Urban Democracy in New York and Somerville

2013 Apr 03

The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy

4:10pm to 5:30pm


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

David Karpf, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University

Co-sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy

About the Seminar
Online politics is neither limited to “clicktivism” nor comprised of “organizing without organizations.” In David Karpf’s new book, he presents evidence that the new media environment has given rise to a new generation of political advocacy groups.... Read more about The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy

2013 Apr 03

Neighborhood Recovery Efforts in New Orleans: A Book Talk by Tom Wooten



Belfer L-4, Hauser Center Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership, the Black Policy Caucus, the Crisis Management Student Group, and the Regional, State, Local and Tribal Governance PIC
Refreshments Served

A book about collective resilience, We Shall Not Be Moved tells the stories of five New Orleans neighborhoods – Broadmoor, Hollygrove, Lakeview, the Lower Ninth Ward, and Village de l’Est – as residents rebuild in the years after the levee failures. In this presentation, Harvard author Tom Wooten will focus on the potential and limits of community-based recovery efforts. He will also highlight the role that Kennedy School students and faculty played to support Broadmoor’s recovery effort.

2013 Mar 29

Shaping the Futures of Thai Cities: The Second Annual Thailand @ Harvard Lecture

6:00pm to 7:30pm


Starr Auditorium, Harvard Kennedy School

Professor Apiwat Ratanawaraha, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Co-sponsored by Harvard University Asia Center, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and the Ash Center

About the Event
Chaired by: Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Kenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History, Harvard University; With Introduction by Bish Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning, MIT, and Director of SPURS/HUMPHREY program, MIT; Discussants: Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Diane E. Davis, Professor of Urbanism and Development, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Recognized as one of the most prolific Thai urban planners in his generation, Ratanawahara will discuss multiple challenges facing the futures of Thai cities in the next two decades. These challenges include population aging, foreign migration, economic integration with other Southeast Asian countries and China, large-scale infrastructure investment, and political, as well as administrative decentralization.... Read more about Shaping the Futures of Thai Cities: The Second Annual Thailand @ Harvard Lecture