The Harwood Institute will be working with the Tallahatchie River Foundation in a statewide effort to advance the conversation around early childhood development issues in Mississippi, and build capacity for action and leadership. This effort builds on a current initiative with the Foundation to train and coach leaders in the Mississippi Delta Region.
The Harwood Institute is a 30-year-old independent, nonpartisan nonprofit that teaches, coaches and inspires people and organizations around the world to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. As we seek to scale our ideas and practices as part of a newly adopted three-year strategy, we are currently seeking an individual to drive performance and impact of our various partnership initiatives in the U.S. and abroad.
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation currently seeks an individual to execute a marketing and engagement strategy to advance the Institute’s mission and generate revenue. Specifically, this individual will be responsible for marketing the Institute’s coaching and training initiatives with targeted markets and elevating key ideas and content with thought leaders and key influencers in the civic and social change space.
The Harwood Institute recently completed a Public Innovators Lab training for 40 staff and partners of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD). Over 18 months, Certified Harwood Coaches—including two Australian coaches— will be supporting participants in generating strategies and actions that make SESLHD and its health resources more relevant, significant and impactful in the life of the community, particularly in its emerging place-based work.
Rich Harwood has created a studio within The Harwood Institute to support special efforts to advance new ideas for strengthening communities and society in a rapidly changing world. The studio will serve as the Institute’s research, innovation, and demonstration hub at the Institute.
How do we engage with our community in a more meaningful way? How do we make the user experience the center of all we do? What impact are we having and how do we measure it? In an effort to better answer those questions and make a tighter connection between library objectives and the broader needs of the community, the Oak Park Public Library embarked on a journey to “turn outward.” Following the Harwood model for community engagement, Oak Park has made strides in unifying its internal operations and strengthening strategic partnerships. Its intention is wider and deeper community impact.
We are currently recruiting for the position of campaign manager. This individual will be a key player in driving the Institute’s overall strategy to spread its ideas and messages and further position itself as a leader in the social change sector. He or she will be joining our team at a critical point in our history, as we codify the catalytic approaches to community change we have developed over our 30-year history, more rapidly scale our efforts and embark on an effort to raise awareness about the challenges facing public life and how to make progress against them
This is a tremendous opportunity for individuals who are seeking an intense, purpose-driven experience, who want to be part of a larger effort to advance new ideas for communities and society, particularly at a time of growing division and inwardness throughout the U.S. and elsewhere. Studio associates will work directly with Rich, a national leader whose practice, methods, ideas and approaches have helped shape the field of civic and community change for nearly 30 years.
The Harwood Institute is excited to share four new tools, created in partnership with the Indiana Association of United Ways, specifically to help United Way professionals deepen their impact in communities. These tools are primarily for United Way staff that have been trained in the Institute's approach through a Public Innovators Lab or Workshop.
The island of Puerto Rico has become a quagmire that reflects the senseless condition of our mainland politics. How have we come to so compromise the dignity of the people who live on this small island and desperately seek our help? We must do more.
This morning on my drive into work, I heard an NPR story about two individuals who decided to go to Houston with their boat to help rescue people from flooded homes. When asked why they were there, they simply answered: “We have an obligation to help.”
I am repulsed each day by what I read and hear on the news about what’s happening in our country—and to our country. Outright lies about political issues, deflections over personal responsibility, and bait and switch arguments over reality have left many of us bewildered about the state of America. In these troubled times, we must guard against cynicism and turning against one another.
While we watch in disbelief the unfolding White House drama, congressional members scurry for cover, and everyday Americans continue to lose faith in leaders of all sorts. There is one individual in America today who represents the kind of leadership we need: Pat Llodra, the First Selectman, or mayor, of Newtown, CT, who recently announced her retirement. Pat helped guide Newtown after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of twenty first graders and six adults.
President Trump’s first 100 Days is fast approaching, and he and his administration are racing to get things done in order to declare success. Many Americans, the news media and political pundits, among others, will offer their own opinions on his performance. But here’s a different question to consider at this juncture of the new president’s term: What about “our” first 100 days—how are we responding to the challenges around us?
Just last week, the infamous main gate through which prisoners were herded into the Nazi death camp Dachau—with the words, “Work will set you free” inscribed on it—was found in Norway after being stolen back in 2013. This was the same entrance gate that I once gently pushed on early one morning, only for it to open, and for me to find myself alone for hours inside this vast site of despair.