From the Initiative


Tackling city challenges through partnerships - Nov. 14, 2018

Harvard Business School professor Jan Rivkin’s sessions, at the New York mayors convening in July 2018, looked at how city governments can tackle local challenges by working effectively with representatives from non-profit organizations, school systems, the private sector, and the community. He laid out how a cross-sector collaboration can be effective through a case that provided real-world examples of ineffectiveness.

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Collaborating to problem-solve in cities - Sept. 13, 2018

In July 2018, mayors explored through case study a type of challenge that HBS professor Amy Edmondson calls a “wicked problem,” or something complex and seemingly insurmountable – the type of challenge that mayors face all the time. It may truly be impossible to solve these problems alone, but working with the right group of people, and “teaming” effectively, makes it possible.


Harnessing the power of narrative in city leadership - Aug. 31, 2018

In July 2018, 40 mayors began their year of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative programming with a three-day convening in New York City. The first day of the convening was devoted to Ganz’s public narrative, which gave mayors a chance to reflect on how they frame city challenges, issues, and goals when addressing others. The public narrative framework includes three pieces, Ganz explained to the mayors: what he calls the ‘story of self,’ the ‘story of us,’ and the ‘story of now.


Second class of mayors go back to school - July 25, 2018

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative today announced the second class of forty mayors from around the world who will participate in the yearlong education and professional development program designed exclusively for mayors. The forty mayors joined Harvard faculty and renowned management experts in New York City this week for a 3-day, immersive classroom experience and convening to kick-off the program.

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How mayors lead: Emerging insights from the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative - July 19, 2018

"You can only really achieve your goals if you unlock the contribution of both the community and city organization" -- this and other insights from the first class of 40 mayors, who were asked about their biggest takeaways from the program thus far.