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Former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, who died in the early-morning hours Feb. 1, led an informative, entertaining hour of discussion in the fall of 2010 at NYU Wagner about his eventful three terms at City Hall – years that sparked a remarkable turnaround in the condition and character of much of New York City, noticeable to this day.
Joining Koch was Jonathan Soffer, NYU Polytechnic associate professor of history and author of a critically acclaimed biography, Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City (Columbia University Press, 2010), as well as Wagner's dean Ellen Schall, who introduced Koch as “my mayor," noting that she had worked extensively for city government, including as the commissioner of juvenile justice.
“City government, I say to all my students, is really the most amazing opportunity,” she commented. “It allows you to work on incredibly important issues, have much more authority as a young person that you have any reason to have, and make a huge amount of difference.”
Koch spoke passionately about the merits of embarking on a career in public service.
“There’s nothing comparable to public service,” he said. “More than saying ‘How am I doin’?’ … more than that I said 10,000 times that public service is the most noble profession if it’s done honestly and if it’s done well. And that’s why people serve. There’s nothing like it.”
In this videotape of the Oct. 14, 2010 conversation at Wagner, the former mayor begins speaking at marker 15:48.
A top marketing firm for cities, states, and other jurisdictions has identified NYU Wagner graduate Harold Pettigrew (MUP ’05) as a rising star in the field of economic development.
Development Counselors International (DCI) named Pettigrew to its “40 Under 40” roster of public service awardees for 2013.
Pettigrew is director of the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) for the District of Columbia.
“The District’s economy has benefited tremendously from Harold’s leadership in aggressively rolling out and reforming services that support our small and local businesses,” declared Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray, in a press release. “He is an important part of the District’s economic success story, he exemplifies the world-class talent in my Cabinet, and I congratulate him for this outstanding and well-deserved recognition.”
Commented Pettigrew, “This award speaks to the excellent work taking place to maximize the launch and growth of businesses in the District of Columbia. I am honored to receive and share this recognition from DCI with the team at DSLBD, and the public and private sector partners who share our commitment to making the District of Columbia a world-class business destination.”
The Aspen Insitute today released a new report in Washington, D.C., by NYU Wagner Visiting Professor Beth Noveck and Daniel L. Goroff. The report, "Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data," shows how new technology designed to improve data on the nonprofit sector can prompt greater innovation and effectiveness.
Noveck is former director of the White House Open Government Initiative. Goroff, while at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, helped establish the new Interagency Task Force on Smart Disclosure. He is a program director with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
NYU Wagner Professor David Elcott has been chosen to receive the Provost’s prestigious 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, presented to outstanding faculty members - nominated by students - who exemplify the spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through their teaching excellence, leadership, commitment to social justice, and community-building work.
Professor Elcott is Wagner’s Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service. He is senior research fellow at the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) and Faculty Director of the Executive MPA program.
The NYU Provost, in partnership with the NYU Division of Student Affairs, will present the Faculty Award to Professor Elcott and five other faculty members Wednesday, February 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Pless Hall Lounge, 82 Washington Square East.
To view a Wagner video interview with Professor Elcott, click here.
Click here to view photos from the event.
Jonathan Morduch, professor of public policy and economics at NYU Wagner, has co-edited a new collection about the world’s vast “unbanked” population. The book, Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion, examines how to realize the goal of extending banking and other financial services to the estimated 2.5 billion people, just over half the adult population globally, who lack them. It. is published by The MIT Press and can be ordered here.
Morduch, a contributor to the volume, is the executive director and co-founder of the Financial Access Initiative, an inter-university research center housed at the Wagner school. The full gamut of essays explore such topics as the complexity of surveying people about their use of financial services; evidence of the impact of financial services on income; and the occasional negative effects of financial services on poor households, including disincentives to work and over-indebtedness. Along with Murdoch, the book's co-editors include Robert Cull and Asli Demirglic-Kunt.
About the Editors:
Robert Cull is a Lead Economist in the Finance and Delivery Private Sector Development Team of the World Bank’s Development Research Group. Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is Director of Development Policy in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency and Chief Economist of the Financial and Private Sector Development Network (FPD).
Asli Demirguc-Kunt is Senior Research Manager, Finance and Private Sector, in the World Bank's Development Economics Research Group. She is the coeditor of Financial Structures and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Comparison of Banks, Markets, and Development (MIT Press, 2001).
Jonathan J. Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is the coauthor of The Economics of Microfinance (MIT Press) and Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day.
Earlier this year, NYU Wagner partnered with New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio and his office’s nonprofit Fund for Public Advocacy as well as the New York Community Trust to support a rigorous public dialogue about City pensions, retiree health care expenses, and other long-term public obligations and liabilities.
Wagner hosted two of the three forums, which were moderated by New York Times metro columnist Michael Powell and included experts in state and local financal management, including Dan Smith, assistant professor of public budgeting and financial management at Wagner.
To read a just-published summary of the discussions, entitled “Balancing New York’s Fiscal Responsibilities: A Report and Roadmap for Action,” visit here.
You will also find a backgrounder (a companion booklet supported by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation) concerning the size of government and the changing cost, design, and affordability of the City's and State's retirement benefits: “Balancing New York’s Fiscal Responsibilities: Public Employee Pensions & Retiree Health Care Costs.”
Today the City of New York manages over 11,000 payphone kiosks – but the way that New Yorkers share information is changing rapidly. In order to modernize this powerful communications infrastructure, the City is hosting Reinvent Payphones, a public design challenge that seeks to rally urban designers, planners, technologists, and policy experts to create physical and/or virtual prototypes that imagine the future of payphones. NYU Wagner and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts are partnering with the Bloomberg administration to promote the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge to a wide range of talented and forward-thinking students and faculty in a number of local universities.
Have ideas on how New York City can reinvent payphones to create a safer, healthier, more sustainable, accessible and informed city? Submit your prototype by February 18th and you could help to shape the City’s future.
NYU Wagner visiting professor Beth Noveck and clinical professor Shankar Prasad are in 10 Downing St. today, Nov. 9, for the start of a two-day conversation -- co-hosted by Wagner -- on the future of democracy and the impact of technology.
They join about 40 others at a long table in the wood-paneled State Dining Room, a mix of intersecting and influential perspectives from industry, government, development, nonprofits, and universities. The participants also include Wagner MPA students Kevin Hansen and Sean Brooks.
The London gathering represents a planning meeting for a MacArthur Foundation-supported research network that will develop collaborative new strategies for tackling the world’s hardest problems.
In the evening, the group of thought leaders will head to a dinner organized by the World Bank to continue the discussion in an informal setting. They'll resume the conference on Nov. 10.
Click here to view the conversations on Storify.
Are you now or do you hope to play a role in helping to change the world? Looking for practical and tangible skills and know-how to help you do that? NYU Reynolds has answered the call.
Responding to the demand for greater access to social entrepreneurial related content, the NYU Reynolds Program is pleased to launch the NYU Reynolds R.E.A.L Workshop Series: a new series designed to support social entrepreneurs and changemakers with practical skills and knowledge bases critical to success in the field. The series is free, open to the public and to students from across the entire NYU community, with some sessions specifically targeted to undergraduates, graduates or the executive communities. An RSVP is required for each event.
This series digs deep into the NYU Reynolds network of social entrepreneurship professionals to feature a diverse collection of leaders who have honed their know-how through practice. Each presenter will share their knowledge and breadth of experience, leaving participants with a tangible skill or lesson learned to apply to their own projects and changemaking trajectories. All you need to bring is an open mind!
See below for the Fall 2012 schedule, RSVP links, and target audiences. We hope to see you there!
1. November 27, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
The 29 Mistakes You Are Bound to Make as a Social Entrepreneur
Zack Rosenberg, Founder and CEO, DoGoodBuyUs
Description: Often, presenters attempt to provide audiences with a comprehensive guide to their successes. In this workshop, Zack Rosenberg will present the mistakes he made on the road to building his social enterprise, DoGoodByUs. With the thinking that mistakes can often be more illustrative and instructive than success stories, you will walk away from this workshop with a clearer understanding of some of the specific challenges –and potential pitfalls—of marketing, funding, and partnering decisions. Additionally, you will learn more about #GivingTuesday, which is also on November 27. Pizza will be served!
Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for all levels of undergraduate students.
2. December 6, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Expanding the Philanthropy Footprint: The Challenge of Social Entrepreneurship to Traditional Philanthropy – What’s Fad? What’s Fab?
Description: This session is designed to help attendees understand how philanthropy interacts with the innovation ecosystem and the world of a social entrepreneur. The workshop will cover a vast array of philanthropic topics, from questioning the role of philanthropists and foundations, to discussing what “impact” means, to wondering what organizations, sectors, and people should be solving major societal problems. Using his expertise as a philanthropic advisor, Richard will provide insight into the relationship between a changemaker and his/her funders, along with valuable perspectives on how shareholder activism, varying organizational structures, and evolving scholarship on success, scale, and start-up funding models are changing the game.
Intended Audience: Graduate students and professionals are welcome, particularly those with philanthropic, development and/or grant-writing roles.
3. December 7, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Mobile Technology for Social Good Demystified: Demo and Discussion
Kate Otto, Mobile Tech for Development Consultant, World Bank; Founder, Everyday Ambassador; NYU Reynolds Scholar Alumnus
Description: This session will review various ways in which mobile connectivity is changing the world for the better, and provide participants with a tutorial in creating and deploying a free mobile phone based survey tool, manipulatable to a variety of applications. (Note: Android phone required to participate in demo. You don’t need an Android phone to participate in the session.). We will also discuss how and why too much digital connectivity can poison our efforts at meaningful change, and suggest the balance of tech and human connectivities that enable us to produce the highest impact outcome.
RSVP at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/REALotto
Intended Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students are welcome.
Wagner alum, Dylan Congor, received the 2012 Leslie Whittington Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The award honors those who make outstanding contributions to public service education and demonstrate teaching excellence over a sustained period of time.
Congor earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Wagner in 2004, and is currently the Director of the Masters in Public Policy Program and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the Trachtenberg School at George Washington University.
She was presented the award on October 18, 2012 at NASPAA’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. David H. Rosenbloom of American University was also a recipient. The Whittington Award is named in honor of the 2000 recipient, Leslie A. Whittington, who perished in Flight 77 at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Congor joins Wagner Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy Ingrid Gould Ellen in this honor, as Professor Ellen received the prestigious award in 2009.