Rich Harwood in Bradenton Herald about Sarasota Speech

Speaker inspires Lakewood Ranch to collaborate on community initiative
August 13, 2014
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Newtown, Conn., was devastated by the murderous rampage of 20 elementary school students and six adult staffers at Sandy Hook school in December 2012.

Rich Harwood was called in to help Newtown following the deadliest mass shooting of a school in U.S. history, and eventually Newtown's collective strength and resilience became an example for the rest of the world.

Harwood brought his inspirational message Tuesday to Lakewood Ranch before about 200 people from the public, private and nonprofit sectors in Southwest Florida.

Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, also helped launch Manasota's newest community initiative, Aspirations to Actions. The initiative is funded by the Patterson Foundation, a Sarasota philanthropy dedicated to positive change.

Harwood's address was part of a cross-country campaign to train 5,000 public innovators by 2016.

During his Town Hall "Reclaiming Main Street" presentation at Lakewood Ranch Country Club, Harwood told the attentive group he learned a lot from the Newtown experience.