2015

2015 Mar 06

Do ’We The People’ Know Best? Direct Democracy in Action from National Independence to Workers’ Benefits

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Joanna Penn, MPP ’15, Georgia Hollister Isman, MC ’15, and Quinton Mayne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Policy (moderator)

Lunch will be provided.

About the Event
The recent referendum on Scottish independence was seen by some as a high point for democracy in the country with record turn out of over 80%. Yet referenda may be better tools for forming policies than others. In Massachusetts, recent policy victories through the referendum process, notably on paid sick leave, have sparked excitement, but most policy issues are dealt with through candidate campaigns. This discussion will use the different experiences across the Atlantic to discuss different ways that voters tackle and reason about issues in electoral politics. Does direct democracy offer a solution to the dissatisfaction the public feels about politicians? How do campaigns differ when they’re asking people to make a policy decision rather than elect someone to represent them? Are certain kinds of issues better served by referendum process then candidate elections, and vice versa?... Read more about Do ’We The People’ Know Best? Direct Democracy in Action from National Independence to Workers’ Benefits

2015 Mar 03

Workshop on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (WIRE)

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn Street, Ash Center Foyer, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA

Statue of LibertyAbout the Series
The Workshop on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (WIRE) at the Ash Center is a bi-monthly seminar style forum for Harvard and Boston area researchers and students working on the topics of immigration, race and ethnicity from a diverse variety of perspectives. Workshop sessions are thematically organized and themes are different each semester. For the fall semester of 2014, the themes are: (1) Experiments on Race, Immigration, and Public Policy and (2) Economic Impacts of Immigration and Immigration Policy.

Upcoming Seminars

“Is there a “Disconnect” between Public Opinion and U.S. Immigrant Admissions Policy?”

Morris Levy (University of Southern California)
Matthew Wright (American University)
Jack Citrin (University of California, Berkeley)

A large body of research suggests that immigration policy-making in liberal democracies overlooks most citizens’ preferences most of the time. To support this view, scholars often point to an apparent “disconnect” between the expansionary immigration policies prevailing in most of the West and the heavily exclusionary bent of public opinion. This paper argues that the “disconnect” thesis oversimplifies ordinary citizens’ preferences over immigrant admissions policies in ways that inflate the divergence of public policy from public opinion.... Read more about Workshop on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (WIRE)

Edgar Mora, Ash Fellow and Mayor of Curridabat, Costa Rica

Alumni in the Field: Congress for the New Urbanism Recognizes Ash Fellow Edgar Mora

October 2, 2014

By Maisie O'Brien, Communications Coordinator

Located in Costa Rica’s lush Central Valley on the border of San José, Curridabat boasts 360-degree mountain views, vibrant commercial areas, and a solid middle class, making it a desirable destination for tourists and families alike. This city of 70,000 people has recently received additional recognition for its strong civic leadership and innovative approach to charting its future.

In June 2014, Curridabat was awarded Best City Plan by the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-...

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2015 Feb 24

February 24, 2015: The Rails Race: Japan and China in Global Infrastructure Politics

12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

A. Maria Toyoda, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Initiatives, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University; Moderator: Mary Brinton, Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology and Chair of Sociology, Harvard University

2015 Feb 23

Innovation for the Public Good: Reflections on Changing Models of Innovation in Business, Government and Civil Society

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Geoff Mulgan, CEO National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, U.K., and Former Director of Strategy, Tony Blair Government

The results of social innovation – new ideas that meet unmet needs – are all around us. They include fair trade and restorative justice, hospices and kindergartens, distance learning and traffic calming. Over the last two centuries, innumerable social innovations have moved from the margins to the mainstream. Geoff Mulgan, Senior Fellow at the Ash Center, and a leading expert on innovation around the world, will reflect on the models that help generate, develop, implement and scale these new ideas. This second edition of the Ash Center’s Innovation Round Table will be moderated by Mark Moore (HKS). Discussants will be Julie Wilson (HKS) and Jorrit de Jong (HKS).... Read more about Innovation for the Public Good: Reflections on Changing Models of Innovation in Business, Government and Civil Society

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

2015 Feb 21

Global Urban Datafest: Smart Cities Challenge – Boston

8:30am to 7:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Business School, Batten Hall, 2nd Floor, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA

CityscapeThe Challenge: Join us and work with Massachusetts cities to solve real challenges they face. Help Holyoke develop solutions to improve its pedestrian experience & support Somerville measure the impact of its city services.

Who Should Participate: Everyone! You don’t need to be a technology expert to participate... We’re looking for business thinkers, policy analysts, journalists, designers, community organizers, urban planners, or anyone else who is interested in solving real urban challenges.... Read more about Global Urban Datafest: Smart Cities Challenge – Boston

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