2014

Harvard Professors Release Guide to Help Civic Leaders Leverage Data for Responsive Governance

Harvard Professors Release Guide to Help Civic Leaders Leverage Data for Responsive Governance

September 2, 2014

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance provides a compelling model for the future of more effective local government; part of the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center’s Data-Smart City Solutions initiative.

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announces today the publication of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance (Jossey-Bass; September 2, 2014).... Read more about Harvard Professors Release Guide to Help Civic Leaders Leverage Data for Responsive Governance

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.

New White Paper Examines Response to Boston Marathon Bombing Events

New White Paper Examines Response to Boston Marathon Bombing Events

April 3, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. – One year after two homemade bombs exploded along the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three, injuring dozens and traumatizing an entire city, jurisdictions both here and abroad remain on high alert to the possibility of similar unexpected, complex and potentially deadly events in their own backyard. A new White Paper co-authored by four scholars of emergency management and criminal justice at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Law School (HLS) and Business School (HBS) draws upon the marathon bombing events to provide responders with concrete and actionable steps to help improve their own emergency management planning efforts now and in the years to come.... Read more about New White Paper Examines Response to Boston Marathon Bombing Events

King County, Washington's Healthy Incentives Earns Harvard Innovation Award

King County, Washington's Healthy Incentives Earns Harvard Innovation Award

May 6, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today announced King County, Washington’s Healthy Incentives program as a winner of the 2013 Innovations in American Government Award from a pool of more than 600 applicants.... Read more about King County, Washington's Healthy Incentives Earns Harvard Innovation Award

Ash Center Announces Appointment of Somerville, Mass. Mayor Joseph Curtatone as Senior Fellow

Ash Center Announces Appointment of Somerville, Mass. Mayor Joseph Curtatone as Senior Fellow

March 11, 2014

Appointment of Mayor Curtatone will strengthen partnership between Ash Center and the City of Somerville to promote innovative ideas in city government

Cambridge, Mass.  The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today announced the appointment of Somerville, Massachusetts Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone as a senior fellow affiliated with the Ash Center.... Read more about Ash Center Announces Appointment of Somerville, Mass. Mayor Joseph Curtatone as Senior Fellow

Ash Center Launches Award to Recognize Innovation in Public Engagement in Government

Ash Center Launches Award to Recognize Innovation in Public Engagement in Government

April 23, 2014

Cambridge, Mass.  As part of its tenth anniversary series examining challenges to American democracy, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special $100,000 award in public engagement and participation.... Read more about Ash Center Launches Award to Recognize Innovation in Public Engagement in Government

2014 Sep 26

Volunteer Bureaucrats: Neighborhood and Grassroots Organizations as Agents of Local Governance in Asia

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

photosKick-off Seminar of the Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Seth Soderborg, Ph.D. Student, Department of Government and Chen Jiaxi, Director of the Center for Chinese Local Government Innovations at Shenzhen University

Lunch will be provided.

About the Event
Seth Soderborg, a Ph.D. Student from the Department of Government, and Chen Jiaxi, Director of the Center for Chinese Local Government Innovations at Shenzhen University and a Rajawali fellow at the Ash Center, will be our speakers. Soderborg will present preliminary work on the changing role of neighborhood association leaders in Indonesian communities. Over the summer, he interviewed neighborhood association leaders in Jakarta, Banda Aceh, and Medan, to understand their unique role in local administration, public goods provision, and policing.... Read more about Volunteer Bureaucrats: Neighborhood and Grassroots Organizations as Agents of Local Governance in Asia

2014 Sep 24

How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

DHow signHahrie Han, Wellesley College, Sarah Hodgdon, Sierra Club, Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, and Archon Fung (Moderator), Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship

About the Event
Why are some civic associations better than others at getting – and keeping – people involved in activism? In this book talk, Hahrie Han will describe how she used in-person observations, surveys, and field experiments to compare organizations with strong records of engaging people in health and environmental politics to those with weaker records.... Read more about How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century

2014 Sep 19

Challenges of Innovation in the Fight Against Organized Crime

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn Street, Ash Center Foyer, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Hand with wordsHerman Bolhaar, Chief Prosecutor of the Netherlands

Light lunch will be served

About the Seminar
Chief Prosecutor of the Netherlands Herman Bolhaar will be speaking at the Ash Center’s first Innovation Round Table of the year. He will talk about his unorthodox approach to fighting human trafficking and other forms of organized crime. Using technology, media and administrative tactics, unconscious facilitators of crime, like hotel chains, internet providers, and chambers of commerce are targeted.... Read more about Challenges of Innovation in the Fight Against Organized Crime

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