2016

New Ash Center Research Initiative Maps China's Philanthropic Landscape

January 26, 2016

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today launched China’s Most Generous, a groundbreaking new initiative on China’s philanthropic sector. The interactive site examines China’s contemporary philanthropic landscape by analyzing the background and giving of China’s most generous individuals.

The rise of private wealth is one of the most important developments in modern China, with implications for the...

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New Ash Center Book is First Comprehensive Examination of Participatory Budgeting in U.S.

January 25, 2016

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Ash Center fellow Hollie Russon Gilman’s first book:

Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America

The first comprehensive academic treatment of participatory budgeting in the United States, Democracy Reinvented situates it within a broader trend of civic technology and innovation. This...

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Ash Center Receives Gift From Dalio Foundation to Support China Philanthropy Project

January 22, 2016

Cambridge, MA – Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce a generous gift from the Dalio Foundation to support the establishment of the Center's new China Philanthropy Project. The project enables a range of activities that support the recently launched China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI) in Shenzhen, China, and will build talent within China’s charitable organizations and provide an important platform for international cooperation. 

The new project at Ash supports students, visiting scholars...

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2016 Feb 23

Talk Back: 1984 Discussion Series hosted by the A.R.T. and the Ash Center with James Waldo

7:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: 

American Repertory Theater, 64 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA 02138

Over the run of 1984, A.R.T. will co-host with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard's Kennedy School a series of special panel discussions around questions of surveillance, totalitarianism, and the role of technology in popular uprisings. These discussions are free and open to the public.

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2016 Mar 02

Book Talk -- Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Join us for a conversation with Ash Center Fellow Hollie Russon Gilman as she discusses her new book, Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America (Brookings, 2016).  Moderating the discussion will be Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and HKS Academic Dean Archon...

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Ash Center launches 2016 call for applications for Innovations in American Government Awards

Ash Center launches 2016 call for applications for Innovations in American Government Awards

January 15, 2016

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today kicked off the application process for its prestigious Innovations in American Government Award.  For the second straight year, the Ash Center is also funding a second innovation award, the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, to better highlight the work of public engagement and participation programs, policies, and initiatives from around the country.

The Innovations in American Government Awards are heralded as...

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2016 Apr 29

Expanding Leadership: Civic and Electoral Participation in Underrepresented Communities

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

In the final Student Speaker Series event of the year, Norma Torres Mendoza and Jiachen Sarah Zhang will explore themes of participation, civic leadership, and political representation as they highlight their capstone PAE research projects. Norma’s work evaluating the outcomes of Mi Familia Vota, an organization which aims to foster civic leadership in Latino/a communities, focused on fostering civic leadership in 120 young Latinos in Texas and California. Sarah’s project, like Norma’s, looked at increasing representation and...

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2016 Apr 22

Democracy as Social Enterprise: Inclusive Finance for our Cities

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Join Sarah Tesar and Pitichoke Chulapamornsri, both second-year MPPs at the Kennedy School, for a discussion of their Policy Analysis Exercise, "Minibonds: Inclusive Finance for our Cities." Sarah and Pitichoke's PAE took the form of a business plan, which they have since launched as WeVest.

WeVest is a new approach to public finance. Through minibonds, citizens can invest directly in their own community, allowing municipalities to raise money locally for infrastructure and service delivery, while providing tax-free...

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2016 Apr 15

Beyond the Keynote: Debriefing the Black Policy Conference

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Join some of the student organizers from the 2016 Black Policy Conference at HKS for a discussion recapping and debriefing this year's conference. We'll discuss the history of the conference, the planning and organizing process, and highlight some of the content that was discussed.

Speakers:

John Gibbs (MPA-MC '16)
Glendean Hamilton...

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2016 Apr 08

Journalism and the Law in China

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Speakers:
TAN Qi (MPA-Mason '16), former Program Officer, American Bar Association Rule Of Law Initiative China Program
WEI Wei (MPP '17), Journalist, People's Daily Beijing Branch

Moderator:
Tony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, and Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

Join two of...

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2016 Apr 01

Student Policy Journals at HKS

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Speakers:
Richard Medina Gómez (MPP '17), Editor-in-Chief, Latin American Policy Journal
Caitlin Callahan (MPP '16), Managing Editor, Print, Kennedy School Review

Join the editorial staff from some of the Kennedy School's policy journals for a discussion of the impact, value, and audience. These students will highlight some of their journal's recent work, upcoming features, and discuss the role student policy journals play in the Kennedy School and the public discourse more...

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