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

We develop the tools public innovators need to turn outward and create lasting impact.


The Harwood Institute 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., Australia, and Canada, and are now being used by individuals in more than 40 countries worldwide.

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


Transforming hope into action, with results.

Each of us has the power within us to choose a path of possibility and hope. A path toward changing the negative conditions in communities that often hold us back.

We must create new conditions that propel us forward. Where we are part of something bigger than ourselves.

By working together, we can make hope real for people and communities.


Learn how to Turn Outward ›

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Get inspired ›

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See our Impact ›

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