Rich Harwood is the founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, based in Bethesda, Maryland. That's a nonprofit group that facilitates community discussions, like the one he participated in with the community of Newtown, Connecticut deliberating on what should be done with the school after the shooting of children at Sandy Hook Elementary.
He's also the author of a number of books, including "The Work of Hope: How Individuals and Organizations Can Authentically Do Good." What was to have been a book tour grew into his "Reclaiming Main Street Campaign," with a goal of growing more public innovators across the nation. Kate Lochte speaks with Harwood on Sounds Good.
"Right now we have something that we like to call the Public Innovators Lab which is a three-day immersion in our practice that people can attend, we usually are now starting to follow up with a series of webinars that we can continue people's ability to learn this approach and to put it to use in their own community."
The Harwood Institute works with the United Way Worldwide, the American Library Association, AARP and public broadcasting. He spoke at the Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce's Business at Breakfast today and is visiting Murray State's Giving Back Scholars of the Nonprofit Leadership Studies program as well as the Regional Outreach program.