2017

Tom O'Bryan

Student Focus: Promoting Democracy in the Congo

April 21, 2017

Over half a century after the assassination of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba —  the country’s first democratically elected prime minister, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is still waiting for its first peaceful transition of political power. 

Though Congo’s constitution required the country’s current president Joseph Kabila to step down from office last December as his second five-year term as president ended, elections have again been postponed — and few observers have faith that voting will take place anytime soon. Among this group is Tom O’Bryan...

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CAN Convening

Civic Analytics Network: Helping Cities Unlock the Power of Data

April 21, 2017

By now, most are familiar with the trope expounding on the transformative power of data in our society today. We see its manifestation in nearly every part of our lives, from how we shop for goods to the route we take on the commute to work or school. For cities, the impact of data has the potential to be no less transformational, and city halls around the country are grappling with how best to integrate this seemingly endless array of information into their decision-making processes. Increasingly, the job of making sense of and harnessing this data to improve governance is falling to a new category of city hall staffer: the chief data officer (CDO).... Read more about Civic Analytics Network: Helping Cities Unlock the Power of Data

MaryRose

Closing the Wage Gap: Ash Alum Using Data to Make “Women’s Issue” Everyone’s Issue

April 21, 2017

In 2016, for every dollar earned by men, women in the Greater Boston Area earned 77 cents, according to a recent report from the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. The city could wait for the wage gap to close over time — estimates by the American Association of University Women say the US will reach equity around 2152, or do something about it. For MaryRose Mazzola MPP ’15, doing nothing has never been an option, and today she is actively involved in closing Boston’s wage gap as executive director of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council.

The Boston Women’s Workforce Council was...

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Jorrit de Jong

New Ash Center Book Untangles Bureaucratic Dysfunction

April 25, 2017

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Brookings Institution Press celebrated the newest publication from Jorrit de Jong, Lecturer in Public Policy and Management and Faculty Director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, with a recent book talk at the Ash Center.... Read more about New Ash Center Book Untangles Bureaucratic Dysfunction

2017 May 17

Innovations in American Government Awards Finalists Presentations

1:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

JFK Jr. Forum, HKS, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Government Works: We'll Show You How

Join us to watch each of the finalist programs for the Innovations in American Government Awards make a presentation to the Innovations National Selection Committee in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Innovations in American Government Awards program is a significant force in recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. Through its awards competition, the program provides concrete evidence that government can work to improve the quality of life for citizens and that it...

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2017 May 03

A Conversation with Luigi Di Maio: Understanding the Five Star Movement and the Role of Direct Democracy in Italy

6:00pm to 7:15pm

Location: 

Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Building, HKS

The Ash Center invites you to a public discussion about empowering citizens through direct democracy with Luigi Di Maio, Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies in the Italian Parliament and a leader of the Five Star Movement, Italy's leading opposition political party. Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and HKS Academic Dean will provide opening remarks. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.... Read more about A Conversation with Luigi Di Maio: Understanding the Five Star Movement and the Role of Direct Democracy in Italy

2017 May 08

Tech & Democracy Ignites

4:15pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge MA 02138

Join us for a series of high-energy, fast-paced Ignite talks featuring the Ash Center’s Technology and Democracy Fellows, HKS students and staff, and Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science Jim Waldo. Academic Dean Archon Fung will introduce the evening and Director of Digital HKS and Lecturer in Public Policy David Eaves will emcee. 

A reception to celebrate technology and democracy programs and research at HKS will follow the talks. Come eat, drink, and explore the promises and pitfalls of...

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