Anderson, IN key stop in Rich Harwood’s Work of Hope Tour

Renowned public innovator will also address Elwood community

Anderson, IN (April 9, 2013) - Continuing on his 2013 national Work of Hope community tour, Rich Harwood, president and founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, will travel to Anderson Indiana on April 24. Sponsored by United Way of Madison County, Rich will address hundreds of people from the Anderson community at 10 a.m. at the Anderson Public Library, citing from his most recent book The Work of Hope on people’s need to turn outward toward the community and kick-start a new trajectory for the country.

“I am continuing my tour in Anderson because I saw the potential of the community while working with the United Way of Madison County last year on their income mobilization initiatives,” said Harwood.  “Their work is a great example of what can be achieved in Anderson when people start acting with members of the community rather than focusing on their own agendas.”

Following his speech in Anderson, Harwood will travel to East Main St. Christian Church in Elwood for a 7 p.m. speech with leaders and members of the community on how they can start working with all of Madison County to create sustainable change on the issues that people care about.

“Our work with Rich Harwood and The Harwood Institute has been instrumental in engaging organizations and individuals to think about what's possible if we decide to do something together,” said Nancy Vaughan, president of United Way of Madison County. “Over the past two years as we've been using the Harwood tools, I have been amazed at the opportunities that have been unveiled, and am excited that we can share this inspirational work with everyone in Madison County,”

This stop in Anderson is the third stop in Harwood’s national community tour. Following the release of The Work of Hope, individuals and organizations inundated Rich with requests to come speak in their community, to show that there is a way to restore belief in the country that people can still work together on important issues despite differing agendas. These requests spurred Harwood to start a national community tour to help the nation turn outward and ignite more compassion and concern for the common good.

If you would like to attend either of these free events, please register at For more information on Rich Harwood and The Harwood Institute, please visit the organization’s


About The Harwood Institute:

Founded by Richard C. Harwood more than twenty years ago, The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks to spark fundamental change and authentic hope in American public life. The Institute is a leading change organization that inspires, guides and empowers people to work effectively to improve their communities. Recognized nationally for its approach, The Harwood Institute provides hands-on training, tools, coaching and ongoing support for people to make real positive change where they live. For more information, please visit


About United Way of Madison County:

United Way of Madison County is improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of community by focusing on the building blocks to a good life: Education, Income and Health. United Way of Madison County collaborates with over 35 local programs to create “Better Tomorrows” in Madison County. Governed by a 24 member volunteer board of directors, United Way of Madison County has been a member in good standing of United Way Worldwide since 1973. For more information, contact 765-643-7493 or visit our Web site at


Media Contacts:

Jim Cooney - The Harwood Institute - - 301.656.3669

Caleb Fiechter - United Way of Madison County - -765.608.3062