Center for Global Public Service and Social Impact
NYU Wagner Professor Robertson Work Facilitates UN Task Team Workshop
NYU Wagner Adjunct Professor Robertson Work recently facilitated a two-day participatory workshop for the UN Task Team of Habitat III, the UN’s upcoming global conference on sustainable urban development. On April 14-15, Professor Work led the interactive meeting held at the Ford Foundation involving 30 representatives of several UN agencies. The main purpose of the meeting was to seek the substantive advice of the participants on the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda that will be agreed on at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, this October. The representatives, working in three teams, made valuable recommendations for conceptual clarification and structural changes in the draft. Professor Work, who teaches several management and leadership courses at Wagner and is director of Innovative Leadership Services, was previously UNDP’s principal policy advisor on decentralized governance.
NYU Wagner's Prof. Robertson Work Provides Global Service in 2011 and 2012
In 2012 Prof. Work will again teach "innovative leadership for human development" at NYU Wagner. In addition, he will lead an East-West Center regional seminar on democratic local governance held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with seven Asian nations participating. Prof. Work will assist the UN Global Forum on Local Governance and Citizen Involvement by preparing a background paper, training forum facilitators and making a keynote presentation at the global forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been invited as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to help strengthen a poverty reduction research institution in Islamabad, Pakistan. And finally, Prof. Work has been invited to give a keynote presentation at the ICAI global conference on human development held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Paul Light Guest-Edits Special Issue of Public Administration Review
The highly respected Public Administration Review (PAR) has published a special issue on the Federalist Papers guest-edited by Paul Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service.
For this extraordinary edition dated December 1, 2011, Professor Light brought together 20 leading public administration scholars and asked them to write boldly about what he called a "perfectly audacious" question: What might Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison, who between October 1787 and August 1788 penned the Federalist Papers promoting ratification of the U.S. Constitution, add now to the pamphlets, in view of changes in the administration of our government over the past two and a quarter centuries? Are these foundational essays still relevant? How might key pamphlets be updated to reflect new realities? Each contributor considers a specific Federalist Paper that Light considers to be among those of greatest import to effective governance in our time.
In the role of guest editor, Light assembled some of the most senior scholars in the field, as well as members of the next generation of leading thinkers in public administration. The special issue will stimulate debate on some of the seemingly intractable issues with which Americans are intensely grappling today.