National Public Innovators Lab

Dec. 11-13, 2017
Washington, DC

The National Public Innovators Lab is a 2.5-day training where you and your colleagues will learn The Harwood Institute's innovative, tested approach to create more impact in your community and strengthen the way your community works. 

  • Do you feel stuck in your work?
  • Are your programs and strategies not working?
  • Do the problems you want to tackle seem so overwhelming you don't know where to start or what to do next?
  • Do you just feel like the community is getting lost in everything you're doing?

If you answered "yes" to any of these, then 1) know that you aren't alone, and 2) this training is for you.


The Lab is for people who are leading or 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. Their organizations can be any size from any size community.

We are looking for people who run programs or initiatives, are part of the senior staff, or lead organizations. 


  • How to engage and understand your community the right way
  • How to use what you learn from the community to gain new allies 
  • How to improve your programs and strategies so they work for your community - not just for the experts
  • How to get work moving with the right partners in the community when it seems like everyone is stuck and there's talk but no action
  • How to be a more intentional community leader that exercises genuine authority, authenticity and accountability


  • An action plan that you can start on as soon as you get home
  • Your own Lab Guide with everything we teach during the Lab
  • A toolkit with all the materials you can copy and use with your colleagues
  • A library of videos on topics we cover in the Lab
  • Special weekly support emails for the first three months after you leave the Lab with extra tips, examples and free tools
  • Regular updates from the Institute through our newsletter


The Lab is hands on and applied, meaning we will be working through real examples we provide to learn the concepts. This isn't theoretical. It's for practical people that want to get things done in their organizations and communities. There will be group work, projects, small discussions, reflection time, and loads of application. 

Click here for a basic Lab agenda.


  • $995 per registrant (After Nov. 2, the registration fee is $1,095)
  • United Ways can use their flex credits toward this training

The fee covers your materials, a license to use the content with your colleagues and local partners, your training, and breakfasts and lunches during the training. Travel expenses, hotel and dinners are separate. United Way Worldwide has a negotiated rate with all the hotels within walking distance of their facility.

Register Today!

Space is limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis. 

Location & Accomodations

United Way Worldwide
Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Preferred hotels are listed on the registration page. Participants will need to contact the hotel directly for room reservations.