Professor Luke Harris Keynote Speaker at The Hague

 

 

 

In early November of 2007 Professor Luke Harris participated in a social justice and government-innovation conference held at The Hague.  The three day conference, entitled “The Global Network of Government Innovators” was organized by both the Ash Institute at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and The Centre for Government Studies at Lieden University’s Campus.  The conference commenced on November 6, 2007 and concluded on November 8, 2007 with the emphasis of examining the notions of “access” within the realm of a democratic society.  This was achieved as participants explored both the theoretical and practical answers to question such as "Why is it, that some people have access to public services and other people don’t" and "What are successful strategies to improve access?".  The conference also aimed to bridge the concepts of public management and social justice.  In doing so, it highlighted the conception that societies, in many instances, are unsuccessful at allowing their citizens to realize their full potential. Keynote speakers Professor Luke Harris and Naresh Singh, the Executive Director of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor in New York, both examined the role of “access” and its importance in our everyday lives.  The conference was comprised of more than fifty individuals of diverse backgrounds, as well as  perspectives.  The attendees came from both the public and private sector and included government officials to renowned academia.  At The Hague, the attendees engaged in discourse in a variety of subject matter including government structures, institutions, and differing policies that have either aided in or hindered the access to public services.  These engaging dialogues lead to the creation of the  Access Agenda for research and action, which will soon be included in the a new book titled The State of Access.

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