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October 7, 2014 - The Responsive City: Engaging Communities through Data Smart Governance  
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Stephen Goldsmith, Susan Crawford, and Bill OatesTuesday, October 7, 2014, 4:10 – 6:00 p.m.124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Goldsmith and Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Susan Crawford will discuss their new book The Responsive City. When harnessed by dedicated leaders, they argue, data empowers communities and officials to make local government more transparent, responsive, accountable and cost-effective, thus thickening the bonds of democracy, increasing trust in government and improving civic life. Yet few cities are realizing the potential of digital tools and data-smart governance. Goldsmith and Crawford will explore the innovative leadership and other key strategies it takes to spearhead these new approaches to government. Bill Oates, whose work as the first Cabinet-level CIO for the City of Boston is explored in the book, will offer comments in response. More»

Stephen Goldsmith, Susan Crawford, and Bill Oates
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 4:10 – 6:00 p.m.
124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Goldsmith and Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Susan Crawford will discuss their new book The Responsive City. When harnessed by dedicated leaders, they argue, data empowers communities and officials to make local government more transparent, responsive, accountable and cost-effective, thus thickening the bonds of democracy, increasing trust in government and improving civic life. Yet few cities are realizing the potential of digital tools and data-smart governance. Goldsmith and Crawford will explore the innovative leadership and other key strategies it takes to spearhead these new approaches to government. Bill Oates, whose work as the first Cabinet-level CIO for the City of Boston is explored in the book, will offer comments in response. More»

October 10, 2014 - Harvard's Emergency Management Program to facilitate a Crisis Management Exercise  
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DATE AND TIME: October 10, 2014, 9:30-11:30 AMLOCATION: Nye A/B, Fifth Floor, Taubman Building, HKSIn this workshop, staff from Harvard's Emergency Management program will facilitate a crisis exercise in which participants will work in groups of 4 to 6 to develop emergency response and recovery strategies to unfolding crisis scenarios, including a natural disaster, a pandemic, a terrorist attack, and a planned event. Space is limited! To participate, please enroll at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_VixD2YGwQXdmANKnGBp0Bnuyj8-XJPnbQxatZ51tJM/viewform.NOTE: Participation is by registration only. Registration closes Sunday 10/05. If the event is over-subscribed, members of the HKS Crisis Management Student Group will receive preference. We will confirm registration with all applicants in advance of the event.Sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership (Ash and Taubman Centers) and the HKS Crisis Management Student Group.

DATE AND TIME: October 10, 2014, 9:30-11:30 AM
LOCATION: Nye A/B, Fifth Floor, Taubman Building, HKS

In this workshop, staff from Harvard's Emergency Management program will facilitate a crisis exercise in which participants will work in groups of 4 to 6 to develop emergency response and recovery strategies to unfolding crisis scenarios, including a natural disaster, a pandemic, a terrorist attack, and a planned event. Space is limited! To participate, please enroll at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_VixD2YGwQXdmANKnGBp0Bnuyj8-XJPnbQxatZ51tJM/viewform.

NOTE: Participation is by registration only. Registration closes Sunday 10/05. If the event is over-subscribed, members of the HKS Crisis Management Student Group will receive preference. We will confirm registration with all applicants in advance of the event.

Sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership (Ash and Taubman Centers) and the HKS Crisis Management Student Group.

October 10, 2014 - Free Indonesian Language Classes Offered at the Ash Center  
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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 (kurniawan@hks.harvard.edu), a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, and all levels of skill – beginner, intermediate, and advanced – are welcome. More»

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 (kurniawan@hks.harvard.edu), a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, and all levels of skill – beginner, intermediate, and advanced – are welcome. More»

October 10, 2014 - Student Speaker Series: Debriefing the Summer 2014 Asia Leadership Trek  
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The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open to table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at noon in the Ash Center conference room, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided. More»

The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open to table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at noon in the Ash Center conference room, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided. More»

October 16, 2014 - Workshop on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (WIRE)  
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The Workshop on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (WIRE) at the Ash Center is a bi-monthly seminar style forum for Harvard and Boston area researchers and students working on the topics of immigration, race and ethnicity from a diverse variety of perspectives. Workshop sessions are thematically organized and themes are different each semester. For the fall semester of 2014, the themes are: (1) Experiments on Race, Immigration, and Public Policy; (2) Economic Impacts of Immigration and Immigration Policy and; (3) Ethics of Immigration and Immigration Policy. More»

The Workshop on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (WIRE) at the Ash Center is a bi-monthly seminar style forum for Harvard and Boston area researchers and students working on the topics of immigration, race and ethnicity from a diverse variety of perspectives. Workshop sessions are thematically organized and themes are different each semester. For the fall semester of 2014, the themes are: (1) Experiments on Race, Immigration, and Public Policy; (2) Economic Impacts of Immigration and Immigration Policy and; (3) Ethics of Immigration and Immigration Policy. More»

October 17, 2014 - Student Speaker Series: Public Education and System Change  
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Alvaro Henzler, MC/Mason ‘15 and Rivandra Royono, MPA/ID ‘16Friday, October 17, 2014, 12–1 p.m.Ash Center Conference Room124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MALunch will be provided.Education reform is a topic of perennial interest. Beyond debating what works or not, there are interesting lessons for understanding broader concepts in governance from system-level change and decentralization to movement building. Two Ash Center student fellows, Alvaro Henzler and Rivandra Royono, will discuss their own experience in educational reform in Peru and Indonesia, respectively. The conversation will explore both the role of international reform models in a local context as well as the resources and strategies required of a successful movement for systemic reform. The speakers will also explore decentralization and the challenges to reform presented by a collection of several education systems rather than a single, centrally-controlled system. More»

Alvaro Henzler, MC/Mason ‘15 and Rivandra Royono, MPA/ID ‘16
Friday, October 17, 2014, 12–1 p.m.
Ash Center Conference Room
124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
Lunch will be provided.
Education reform is a topic of perennial interest. Beyond debating what works or not, there are interesting lessons for understanding broader concepts in governance from system-level change and decentralization to movement building. Two Ash Center student fellows, Alvaro Henzler and Rivandra Royono, will discuss their own experience in educational reform in Peru and Indonesia, respectively. The conversation will explore both the role of international reform models in a local context as well as the resources and strategies required of a successful movement for systemic reform. The speakers will also explore decentralization and the challenges to reform presented by a collection of several education systems rather than a single, centrally-controlled system. More»

October 22, 2014 - Hong Kong: Origins of the Crisis  
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:30 p.m.S020, Belfer Case Study Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.Dalena Wright, Senior Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy SchoolBurton Levin, Visiting Professor, Carleton College; former U.S. Consul General, Hong Kong (1981-1987); former U.S. Ambassador to BurmaStephen M. Young, former U.S. Consul General, Hong Kong (2010-2013); former Director, American Institute in Taiwan; former Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Critical Issues Confronting China Seminar Series; co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
S020, Belfer Case Study Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.

Dalena Wright, Senior Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School
Burton Levin, Visiting Professor, Carleton College; former U.S. Consul General, Hong Kong (1981-1987); former U.S. Ambassador to Burma
Stephen M. Young, former U.S. Consul General, Hong Kong (2010-2013); former Director, American Institute in Taiwan; former Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic

Critical Issues Confronting China Seminar Series; co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School

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