Please join us every Friday at 2:30 p.m. in room #226 at the Ash Center (Ash Large Conference Room) beginning on Friday, Sept. 5th as we explore the culture and language of Indonesia. These classes are not for credit and are open to all Harvard students, staff members and the general public of the Greater Boston area. The lessons will be conducted by Mr. Kurniawan (firstname.lastname@example.org), a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, and all levels of skill â€“ beginner, intermediate, and advanced â€“ are welcome. MoreÂ»
Like all public executives, you have to produce results. You might be a city public-works director, a state public-health commissioner, or a regional EPA administrator. It doesnâ€™t make any difference. You are expected to produce results.But how? Indeed, what results are you responsible for producing? And what does it mean to improve your organizationâ€™s performance. This free Webcast will not answer these two questions for you and your unique organization. It will, however, help you think through how to approach the challenge of performance leadership. MoreÂ»
Friday, January 30, Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1, 2015
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Help fix Congress! Join political scientists and policy experts, technologists, architects, and designers at #Hack4Congress at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Organized by the Ash Center and OpenGov Foundation, #HackCongress co-sponsors include The Sunlight Foundation, Congressional Management Foundation, Code for Boston, Microsoft New England, Represent.Us, CODE2040, POPVOX, Capitol Bells, and Generation Citizen.
How do churches shape public policy, and why does their influence vary across countries, even similarly religious ones? Existing accounts have focused on political parties and voters. In contrast, I argue that churches are at their most powerful when they obtain direct access to the state and policymaking institutions, writing legislation, vetting officials, and even running sectors of the state. But such access is available only to churches with high moral authority, those perceived by the public as representing the common good and national interest. Where churches in Christian democracies have gained such moral authority by dint of defending the nation against a foreign regime, state, or colonial power, they are in a position to gain institutional accessâ€”without popular backlash against overt and partisan church politicking. MoreÂ»