The Harwood Institute's Virtual 'Townhall' Offers Site to Share Community Aspirations

(PRWEB) June 30, 2014 In Colorado Springs, CO, Mike Van De Casteele wants his community to be "a place where people don't fall through the cracks and we take care of one another." In Canfield, Ohio, Maureen Drummond seeks "spaces and opportunities where people create trusting relationships with their neighbors, customers, civic leaders, and elected officials."

Those are just some of the aspirations people across the country have posted in The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation's virtual Townhall.

The online meeting place is part of Rich Harwood's cross-country Reclaiming Main Street campaign. Harwood, Founder & President of The Harwood Institute, is a national community change expert traveling the nation to talk to people about their aspirations for better lives, inspire them to work together better in their communities, and find ways to overcome acrimony and divisiveness.

As part of the campaign, Harwood plans to train 5,000 public innovators and recruit a 100,000-person Public Innovators Corps by 2016. Public innovators are people with the mindset and skills to tackle problems ranging from gaps in education to poverty and health care.

"We want people to see there is more that unites us than divides us," said Harwood, who has spent more than 25 years working with people and organizations in communities across the nation to help them identify and solve challenges ranging from high unemployment and poor school graduation rates to increases in crime and poverty – but doing so in a way that builds the capacities of communities themselves and improves public discourse. Read full press release: