2015

2015 Sep 29

The Emerging Trend of Collaboration During Disaster Risk-Reduction: Experiences from Chinese Non-Governmental Organizations

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, Suite 200 North, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

China and its neighbors are some of the world’s most disaster-vulnerable countries in the world, each facing a wide range of hazards, from earthquakes and typhoons to terrorism and industrial accidents. This panel discussion, featuring a mix of Chinese scholars and practitioners, will explore a significant trend in disaster relief in China: the increasing involvement of Chinese NGOs in domestic and foreign disaster relief efforts. The speakers will reflect on their own experiences and research on responses to recent large-scale disasters and crises, focusing on how government...

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2015 Oct 06

The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Challenges of Policy, Politics, and Logistics

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, Mass

Speakers will discuss the complex challenges of responding to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe from several different perspectives, exploring its political context and ramifications, the European Union’s capacity to respond to emergencies within its own borders, the logistics involved in managing the flow of refugees across the continent, and the importance of information technology in shaping events and aiding the response.... Read more about The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Challenges of Policy, Politics, and Logistics

Dr. Muhamad Chatib Basri, Former Indonesian Finance Minister joins the Ash Center

September 16, 2015

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a research center at the Harvard Kennedy School today announced the appointment of former Indonesian Finance Minister Dr. Muhamad Chatib Basri, as senior fellow.

“Dr. Basri brings to the Ash Center a wealth of experience managing growth and attracting foreign investment into one of Asia’s most dynamic and emerging economies,” said  Jay Rosengard, Lecturer in Public Policy and...

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San Francisco, New York Named Winners of Harvard's 2015 Innovation in American Government Award

September 17, 2015

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced today the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Five Keys Charter School as the winner of the 2015 Innovation in American Government Award. Participatory Budgeting in New York City from the New York City Council’s office was also announced the winner of the Roy and Lila Ash Innovation Award for Public Engagement in Government. Both winners will receive their $100,000 award, aimed at replication and dissemination of their innovations, at ceremonies in their home...

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2015 Sep 18

Moving from Innovation to Action: Getting Work Done in Government

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Adam LaRose (MPP ’16) and Chris Sommerfeld (MPA ’16)

Lunch will be provided

About the Event
Of all the challenges the federal government faces, few seem as intractable as the sheer size of the federal bureaucracy. Policy innovations, bright ideas and new technology can all drive government efficiency and effectiveness forward by leaps and bounds—but only if government has the capacity to adopt them.

Adam LaRose and Chris Sommerfeld, both 2015 Ash Center Summer Fellows in...

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