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Irshad Manji, Moral Courage Project Director at NYU Wagner asks students: What do you stand for?

I will be joining Dr. Natasha Iskander in “Advanced Projects in Qualitative Research Methods: Studies on International Migration” for my capstone project to wrap up my Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree program.

Professor Katherine O’ReganNYU Wagner Associate Professor of Public Policy and  and Director of the Public and Nonprofit Management and Analysis Program (PNP) recently sat down for an interview to answer the question, "Are low-income neighborhoods helped or harmed by current Federal affordable-housing policies? " and talk about why she’s dedicated her life to a career in public service. Check out the link above to see her latest video and to learn more about Prof. O’Regan’s bio, publications and courses.

via The Atlantic

intelligentcity: Really fascinating project! Also, here’s an article about the roll out of GOV.UK (a project replacing directgov (originally launched in 2004 as the United Kingdom’s single point of entry for public services) and the release of their design principles and the piece includes an interview with Emer Coleman (EC), deputy director digital engagement and communications.via .NET

via CORE 77. 'Can social media drive social change? Today, launched HCD Connect, an online community for organizations and individuals, “who are taking a human-centered approach to poverty-related challenges around the world.”’

I will be sitting on the panel for this event tomorrow…

Bridging the Gap: Corporate Perspectives on Social Responsibility

Amanda AlampiPast NYU Campus Representative, TOMS

Rachel TaberCommunity Education Coordinator, Alta Gracia

Kimberly LiuManager, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Corporate Responsibility

Companies can view and approach social responsibility in various ways. A panel of representatives from various businesses, such as Alta Gracia and TOMS, will share their visions, stories and approaches in making a positive impact on development, business and society.

Friday, March 23, 2012
Kimmel Center for University Life
Room 914
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Power, Controversy & Influence: The Media’s Impact on Policy-making Reading List

Below is the first draft of the reading list for my independent study with Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (in conjunction with a faculty member at the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism) at New York University. The independent reading’s working title is Power, Controversy & Influence: The Media’s Impact on Policy-making

Works include:
W. Lance Bennett, When the Press Fails
Jeff Jarvis, Public Parts
Mitchell Stephens, A History of the News
Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel, Elements of Journalism
John Heilemann, Mark Halperin, Game Change
Jennifer Petersen, Murder, the Media, and the Politics of Public Feelings: Remembering Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.
Thomas E. Patterson, Out of Order: An incisive and boldly original critique of the news media’s domination of America’s political process


Interested in a career in public service? Thinking about working in nonprofits, international development, policy analysis, health, urban planning or social entrepreneurship? Here are some of the undergraduate classes that still have space for Spring 2012 at NYU Wagner:

  • Race, Class & Gender in America with Professor Jewel Jackson McCabe
  • The Meaning of Leadership with Professor Frances Kunreuther
  • Criminal Justice Reform: New Frontiers and Strategies with Professor Harry K. Wexler
  • The Politics of Development with Professor John Gershman
  • Gender and Development with Professor John Gershman
  • Labor Rights and Job Creation with Professor Lisette M. Garcia

 Many of our undergraduate courses at NYU Wagner contribute to policy minors and/or cross register for other department majors.

Good things on the horizon #bestlife

Some projects in progress:

  • Just confirmed an independent reading next semester on the power/influence of media in policy-making.
  • In January, I’m co-editing a case study on the banana commodity chain that will be used in undergraduate/graduate courses. Going to be flexing some educational writing muscles.
  • Creating resources and a presentation for faculty on how to manage your public image using social media.
  • Brewing up some freelance stories to pitch for the new year.

Yep. This calls for a #bestlife.