Learn how to progress social impact in your community... from your computer!

The Harwood Virtual Public Innovators Lab takes our signature 2.5-day leadership training in community change and transforms it into an interactive 8-week online course.

Thanks to help from recognized e-learning experts and our partners at Cornerstone OnDemand, now you can get the same quality leadership training delivered in an innovative, new way without the time and expense of traveling to another location.

At your office with co-workers, or by yourself at home, you can get off the path of the status quo, learn to Turn Outward, and become an effective force in your community.

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WHy should you attend?

Getting others across the community to work together takes a great deal of personal commitment and energy. We often find ourselves working against the grain, and making little or no progress at all in the communities that we serve. Or sometimes we make great strides, but it's not truly the social impact that we wanted to see. Our courses are designed to help individuals, communities, organizations, and networks reorient themselves and learn a new practice for getting work done efficiently and effectively.

The Turn Outward approach has been adopted by the world’s largest nonprofit networks and is utilized globally by communities in more than 40 countries worldwide.  People and organizations that Turn Outward create more impact and are more relevant to the communities they serve. Learn more about our results. 

To be Turned Outward, We Teach People to:

  • Identify community issues rooted in people’s shared aspirations
  • Develop strategies that fit their community’s context
  • Create the community conditions that enable change to take hold
  • Forge relationships with the right partners to run with
  • Build networks for innovation and learning
  • Adopt the right metrics to gauge progress
  • Cultivate can-do narratives in their organizations and the community


Our training is typically for people who are leading or directly supporting work to help address community problems. We call these individuals public innovators. They can come from nonprofits, faith organizations, businesses, government, academia and other areas. 

Labs are especially suited for these kinds of people:

  • People who play a key role in driving the execution of programs or initiatives that address community challenges
  • Senior staffs that lead programmatic areas or are responsible for coordinating community initiatives
  • CEOs of organizations that are of such a size that the CEO is often engaged directly in ensuring that community work gets done (usually smaller or mid-sized nonprofits)
  • People responsible for community outreach, volunteer engagement, donor engagement or other areas around strengthening support of the community


  • How to listen to and understand the community your organization serves
  • How to use what you are learning to improve your programs and initiatives
  • How you can help your community solve problems and improve the way people and organizations work together
  • What it means to hold genuine authority, authenticity and accountability in your work - and how you can stay true to those values


  • Access to thousands of public innovators worldwide through our Public Innovators Listserv
  • Three months of weekly tools, real world case studies, and tips on using what you’ve learned plus our monthly newsletter and Rich Harwood’s blog
  • A Public Innovator Toolkit print ready for you to use with your staff and partners
  • A library of videos  that you can use to spread what it means to Turn Outward


  • The Virtual Lab is structured as an 8-week online course.
  • This program will take place every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time for 8 weeks.
  • Prior to the online class, everyone will receive weekly e-mails directing them to information to read and about 30 minutes of "homework" prior to class. 



    Sign Up Today! 

    SEPT 21 - NOV 9

    $695/person for 10+ people

    "Seats" reserved on a first-come, first-served basis

    (prices reflect a 20% discount for the 2017 year)

    Need more information before you decide? 

    Technical Requirements

    Participants will need:

    • Access to a computer. Macs and PCs both work.
    • An internet connection (wired connections are preferred but if using wireless minimize other open apps)
    • A phone line available for audio.

    Computer System Requirements


    • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), 8.0 
    • (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
    • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later; Windows Edge browser; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
    • Adobe® Flash® Player 13.0+

    Mac OS

    • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
    • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended
    •  Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.1
    •  Browser: Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
    • Adobe Flash Player 13.0+