Dear CBG Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Friends,
On September 19th, the Kennedy School convened
the 2003 Public Service Celebration and the re-dedication of the
old ARCO Forum - which now becomes the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.
The event highlighted KSG's core mission: "to train leaders
to strengthen democratic governance at home and abroad and to
contribute to the solution of public policy challenges".
We at CBG have had a busy month.
The Frank and Denie Weil Program on Collaborative
Governance moved into high gear. Jack Donahue joined me as co-chair
and director this past January, following his effort directing
the Visions of Governance project that produced four books in
three years. Shortly thereafter Alan Trager, a KSG graduate and
long-time supporter of the Kennedy School, signed on as a senior
fellow to work with the Weil Program. It has made significant
progress on three fronts: teaching, research, and practice.
The program convened 18 key faculty members in
July (including the Dean Joe Nye and Academic Dean Steve Walt)
for a two-day curriculum development retreat on collaborative
governance. The momentum gained from that retreat is already leading
to changes in existing courses and plans for new ones on the analytical,
management, and political aspects of collaborative governance.
In September, we held the third HIV/AIDS workshop, in conjunction
with Harvard Business School; began work on the first Weil Program
teaching case on collaborative governance of New York City's parks;
and met with New York Chancellor of Education Joel Klein and his
senior staff on the roles collaboration can play in his reform
campaign. An exciting new executive program on "Civic Leadership"
will be launched in February 2004, targeting senior business people
looking to start or expand their engagement with public missions.
The Regulatory Policy Program's New Directions
in Regulation Seminar Series began last Thursday with a presentation
by John Graham, the current Administrator of the Federal Office
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a prolific scholar, and
the founder of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. RPP has an
impressive roster of speakers for the remaining sessions during
the Fall Term, including William Hogan, Lucius N. Littauer Professor
of Public Policy and Administration at the Kennedy School, who
will speak October 9 on "Failure Diagnosis: Blackouts and
Lampposts in Regulating Electricity Markets." Check the website
The Harvard Electricity Policy Group, which Bill
Hogan directs, held its thirty-second plenary session September
25-26 at KSG. The session addressed how to form regional transmission
organizations, and what the possibilities are for states that
have already restructured their electric utilities. In addition,
several state utility regulators and industry representatives
presented their views on the evolution of the Standard Market
Design (a new set of structures and rules) proposed by the US
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to coordinate and encourage
wholesale electricity markets.
On another front, Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt
Professor of Business and Government, has been named to the board
of directors of Resources for the Future (RFF). RFF is a leading
American think tank in environmental and resource economics and
policy. We applaud him on his appointment.
In short, another month at the office - and loving
every minute of it.