This edition of the Hauser Center E-News highlights activities and events from
Spotlight on International Civil Society Legitimacy and Accountability Project
The research team
(Dave Brown, Jim Honan, Laura Ax) has also been working with three
kinds of leadership networks to share those innovations with civil
society actors around the world: (1) a network of more than 60
national associations convened by CIVICUS, (2) regional alliances of
civil society actors from Asia, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe,
Latin America, and the Middle East, and (3) an alliance of CEOs of
international advocacy NGOs and networks (IANGOs) convened by the
Hauser Center and CIVICUS. We have also organized capacity building
workshops with key leaders in Montreal (May 2005) and Glasgow (June
2006). The Hauser-CIVICUS team has also fostered discussion and
debate of these issues at a wide range of researcher, practitioner,
and policy-maker meetings. What began as a series of investigations
of legitimacy and accountability issues has become a highly visible
series of debates and discussions that appears to be fostering
widespread reflection on the nature of civil society legitimacy and
accountability as seen by civil society actors and other
Society Legitimacy and Accountability Project
Leadership Development Project
Advocacy NGOs Annual Workshop
Global NGO Executive
Philanthropy and Equitable Development Conference
WIEGO Urban Policies
and Public Life Faculty Seminar Series
On selected evenings in April and May, Peter Dobkin Hall showed films relating to American philanthropy and nonprofit organizations in the Hauser Center conference room. The film series included Donald Duck in Walt Disneys World War II era propaganda cartoon, The Spirit of 43, and Jamie Johnsons prizewinning 2003 documentary, Born Rich.
On April 5th, Marty Chen participated in the Informal Preparatory Meeting on the Theme of the 2006 High Level Segment hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). To view more information about this event, click here. On April 6th she spoke in the opening session of a World Bank half-day seminar on the informal economy which was organized in conjunction with the Banks annual Private Sector Development Forum.
Dave Brown spoke on Forces Driving Increased Attention to Civil Society Accountability as part of a public seminar on Civil Society Accountability at the Center on International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh on April 7th. He also gave a talk titled Legitimacy, Accountability and Transnational Civil Society at the Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University on April 22nd.
Marshall Ganz gave a talk to 14 young Armenian leaders participating in the Mercy Corps Conflict Management Group on April 19th about how to organize and mobilize alumni to use their training and was part of a seminar to discuss conflict management efforts in the Middle East. On April 24th, he led a brown-bag lunch discussion for the Harvard Law Schools Program on Negotiation about the tension between mobilization and negotiation - and the particular kind of leadership challenges this poses. And on April 26th, Marshall accepted his award as the 2006 Distinguished Citizen Scholar by the Citizen Scholars Program at UMass Amherst and gave a talk entitled Knowledge of How to Combine: Reclaiming the Democratic Process.
Barbara Merz gave a presentation on April 26th to Stanford Law School on her book New Patterns for Mexico: Observations on Remittances, Philanthropic Giving, and Equitable Development (Harvard University Press 2005).
Marshall Ganz presented his Thoughts on movement building on May 3rd at the Green Group retreat in Hyannis, MA. The Green Group is a consortium of the leaders of the 30 major US environmental organizations including Audobon, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, etc. From June 4-5th, he presented a workshop at McGill University, as part of the Fellowship in Community Practice Workshop Series, on his framework for learning organizing: leadership, community, and power.
In June Mark Moore visited the UK to discuss his concept of creating public value in various events and speaking engagements. These included as a Sunningdale Institute Fellow, presenting at the National School of Government international conference on Public Sector Reform held on June 6th, and being interviewed by the National School principal. To view or read a transcript of the interview, click here.
Tiziana Dearing was the keynote speaker at the annual gathering of OneEconomy, a nation-wide social enterprise, on June 7th in Washington, DC. Her topic was social innovation.
Dave Brown participated in a conference organized by the Ash Institute on Civil Society and Democratic Governance at Wilton Park in the UK from June 12-15th. At the conference he set the context and chaired a panel on Strengthening Civil Society.
From June 25-26th, in Denver, CO, Mark Moore conducted the third Creating Public Value in the Arts seminar, in collaboration with the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). At the seminar, state and local arts agency and arts advocacy leaders from throughout the West explored ways in which relatively small entities such as state arts agencies can leverage change and catalyze networks within large state administrative and political systems.
Hauser Center Associate Prabha Kotiswaran organized a Workshop on Law and Social Movements, in India June 26-27th, which brought together activists, lawyers and academics from various disciplines in order to deepen the extant theorizing on the relationship between social movements and the law.
On June 29th, Jack McCarthy led a panel on financial transparency at the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Managements (NLRCM) annual conference at the Wharton School in Philadelphia. He presented a program entitled Essentials of Church Financial Transparency: The Archdiocese of Boston Transparency Project which discussed the work he recently completed here in Boston. The highly successful project was recognized at the conference banquet as a best practice by the NLRCM with its first annual award for excellence. Rev. J. Bryan Hehir accepted the award on behalf of the Archdiocese of Boston.
Peter Dobkin Hall appeared on ABC World News Tonight on April 11th to comment on the need for independent assessment of the American Red Cross shortcomings.
Jack McCarthy was quoted in the April 20th Boston Globe article Church Tackles $46M Gap about the release of financial information by the Archdiocese of Boston. Link to full text here.
On April 25th the South African publication Business Report, quoted Marty Chen in the article Conference Highlights Urban Informal Sector. To view the article, click here.
In the May edition of the Kennedy School Insight Marshall Ganzs research on Civic Participation and Effective Organizing is featured. Link to feature here.
Marty Chen was quoted in the May 3rd New York Times article Film Ignites the Wrath of Hindu Fundamentalists about the controversial Indian film Water. Link to full text here.
On May 5th, Marty Chen was interviewed by Chicago Public Radio program, Worldview, about widowhood in India. To listen to the interview, please click here.
On May 7th, Marty Chen was quoted in a Boston Globe article by Sandy MacDonald on the filmmaker Deepa Mehta, whose movie Water examined the lives of widows in India.
The Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory, a KSG course spearheaded by Mark Moore, Dutch Leonard, and Gordon Bloom, is featured in the May 25th edition of the Harvard Gazettes article Caring Entrepreneurship at KSG. Link to full text here.
With the publication of the journal Baby Boomer Women: Secure Futures or Not? Paul Hodge and the issues he addresses in the journal have received extensive press coverage. These include: Womens e-News, May 27th: Retiring Boomers Face Poverty; Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 29th: Boomer women face perils in retirement; Dow Jones Market Watch, May 31st: The $400 billion income shortfall, Baby-boomer women have tougher road to retirement; Realty Times, June 8th: Home Ownership Crucial To Boomer Women's Retirement; and in the June 26th USA Today, June 26th Retirement unfolds in five stages for hearty boomers.
Mark Moore was cited in the June 8th article on Finanzen.net, Accenture Launches Institute for Public Service Value to Identify and Promote Leading Practices in Government Service Delivery, for being a speaker at the Unlocking Public Value Forum. Link to full text here.
Dave Brown and Vanessa Timmers article Civil Society Actors as Catalysts for Transnational Social Learning was published in the March 2006 (Vol.17, No.1) edition of Voluntas, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. The Hauser working paper version of this article can be found here (Hauser working paper No.28):
On May 27th the article Informality, Gender and Poverty: A Global Picture by Martha Chen, Joann Vanek, and James Heintz appeared in the Indian Journal Economic and Political Weeklys Review of Labour issue.
In May, the Urban Institute and the Hauser Center co-published the report After Katrina as part of the Emerging Issues in Philanthropy Seminar Series. The report included the articles Charities Response to Disasters: Expectations and Realities, by Marion Fremont-Smith, Elizabeth T. Boris, and C. Eugene Steuerle, and Disasters and the Voluntary Sector: Reflections on the Social Response to Hurricane Katrina by Mark Moore.
Srilatha Batliwala and Dave Brown published Transnational Civil Society: An Introduction with Kumarian Press in June. This book offers an introduction to understanding transnational civil society and its impacts on global issues. For information on the book visit the Kumarian Press website.
Marion Fremont-Smiths article Is it Time to Treat Private Foundation and Public Charities Alike? was published in the June 2006 (Vol.52, No.3) edition of The Exempt Organization Tax Review.
Paul Hodge published the journal Baby Boomer Women: Secure Futures or Not?, a collaborative study by the Harvard Generations Policy Program and the Global Generations Policy Institute. With baby boomer women facing unique employment, financial, retirement, housing and health care challenges, this study provides answers on how baby boomer women and women of all ages may experience abundant, secure and fulfilling lives. For information and a free copy click here.
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