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The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation teaches, coaches and inspires people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together.


Founded by Rich Harwood in 1988, the Institute partners with some of the world's largest nonprofits and our tools and frameworks have spread to across the U.S. and beyond.

The people we train and coach—called Public Innovators—are the leaders that move our communities forward. They are an essential ingredient to solving our most vexing challenges. They come from nonprofits, businesses, government, the media, and educational and religious organizations.

We develop these individuals in a practice we call Turning Outward – using the community, not your conference room, as the reference point for your choices and judgments.



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Rich Harwood


Rich teaches and inspires people to solve our pressing problems and change how communities work together. The Institute’s impact is a result of his decades-long effort to develop a toolset for empowering self-guided community change and increasing civic engagement. His work is actively used across the globe and has helped transform communities here in the United States.




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