Rich Harwood in Herald-Tribune about Sarasota Speech

Nonprofit founder offers insight on government and community
by Shelby Webb
August 12, 2014


LAKEWOOD RANCH - In the thick of bruising political campaigns throughout Southwest Florida, the founder of a community strengthening nonprofit is trying to find people who want to listen instead of bicker.

Rich Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, told a crowd of more than 200 on Tuesday evening about changing the way communities and governments make decisions.

Harwood has worked as a community organizer for more than 30 years, including a recent stint in Newtown, Connecticut, helping that city recover from the Sandy Hook massacre.“We spend more time in our communities and our country talking about what we don't like instead of what we would like to see done,” Harwood said. “We have too many leaders in our communities and in our country who are more concerned with their personal agendas than a common agenda. That needs to end.”