2019

2019 Apr 03

Increasing the Value of Public Value

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join us for an Innovation Roundtable event with Timo Meynhardt, University of St. Gallen. Meynhardt will discuss Public Value: Deepening, Enriching, and Broadening the Theory and Practice, a new book he co-authors with Mark Moore, Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations, HKS. Public Value is an edited volume that includes theoretical developments, analytic frameworks, and case studies advancing the use of public value concepts in practice among scholars and practitioners from Europe and around the world.

Sanderijn Cels, Visiting Ash...

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2019 Mar 29

Ash Community Speaker Series -- The Politics of Visibility: Local Elections and Democratic Representation in Brazil

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Do local elections promote responsive governance in the global south? In this talk, Peter Johannessen, Ash Center Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow, AY 2018-2020, will draw on evidence from Brazil to illustrate how local elections can undermine policy responsiveness in highly decentralized contexts. He will demonstrate that voters can unwittingly push mayors to prioritize highly visible infrastructure projects at the expense of less visible – but potentially more effective – policies.

 Lunch will be served.  

The Ash...

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2019 Mar 28

Will Xi Jinping be successful?

11:45am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Bell Hall, Harvard Kennedy School

Join the Ash Center and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government for a seminar featuring William H. Overholt, M-RCBG Senior Research Fellow.

Xi Jinping came to power tasked with resolving formidable economic and political challenges from an increasingly complex society. The leadership chose an economic strategy of “market allocation of resources,” a political strategy of centralization and repression. Do conflicts between the economic and political strategies threaten a new “lost decade?”  William H. Overholt has been a Senior...

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2019 Apr 23

Huawei Technologies: World-Class Company or State Agent?

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Floor 2.5, Harvard Kennedy School

China has come a long way from relying on imports to support its telecommunications sector. Today, telecommunications companies in China not only fulfill that nation’s growing needs but have a global reach. In this context, how should we understand the stunning and controversial emergence of China’s leading technology firm, Huawei Technologies? To what extent has Huawei’s rise been due to its leadership, strategy, corporate culture and ability to innovate? How much of this success as a “national champion” has been driven by the Chinese Party-State’s industrial policy and support?...

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2019 Apr 12

The Strike of 1969, Protest at Harvard, and Organizing Today

1:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Science Hall E, Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

This April marks the 50th Anniversary of the Harvard Strike of 1969. Not only was that spring a defining moment for the movement to end the War in Vietnam and for the University, it was a life-changing set of events for the people who participated. 50 years later, today’s activists and organizers are working at another pivotal moment, presenting an opportunity for the two groups to learn from each other.

Join Marshall Ganz, Harvard Kennedy...

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2019 Apr 18

Book Talk -- People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join us for a discussion with Sayu Bhojwani, founder and president of New American Leaders, author of People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door. Teresa Acuña, Associate Director of the Ash Center's Democratic Governance program, will moderate. 

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Rank choice voting

Study Group Explores Maine’s Experiment with Ranked Choice Voting

March 13, 2019
In 2016, Maine voters became the first to approve statewide ranked choice voting, but like many democracy reform battles, it was no easy task convincing the state’s political leadership and courts to support this new ballot-casting innovation. As part of the Ash Center's spring semester 2019 study group on democracy reform, led by Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy Miles Rapoport, HKS students had the opportunity to hear firsthand from reformers who helped make ranked choice voting a reality in Maine, as well as... Read more about Study Group Explores Maine’s Experiment with Ranked Choice Voting

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