July 9, 2019 Newsletter

3 Steps for How to Exercise a New Patriotism

Communities across the country celebrated Independence Day last week. At a time when our country is divided and polarized, Rich Harwood lays out three steps that you can take to exercise a new patriotism - a love of country, especially in these bad times.

Listen to the Harwood Half Hour podcast and share your thoughts on this topic!

Innovator Spotlight: Jenifer Johnson on Navigating Life with Intention


Jenifer Johnson, an Engagement Team member with Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR), shared a personal and compelling article about how her training in the Public Innovators Lab shaped her work and her life.

She writes, "The Harwood Institute training provided me an opportunity to learn with local leaders how to look at situations with a new lens, to take perspectives of others, and to release the pressure that I have to have a plan and fix it...now. My day-to-day encounters have been more relaxed and personal. I feel more connected with my community contacts, and the trust climate has increased. I am asking more questions and talking to more people." 

Get trained to Turn Outward and accelerate your impact!

You’ve read the stories of public innovators and the impact they’re having in communities across the country. Now you can become one!

We have two upcoming training opportunities that can help accelerate your impact and transform your work. The first is a two-day, in-person training in Atlanta, GA on October 15 - 17. The second is our Virtual Lab which is an 8-week online course launching on September 23, 2019. Reserve your seat today!

Attend Harwood Summit to consider how you’re Stepping Forward


The Annual Harwood Summit will be held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on September 19 - 21. We will discuss themes in Rich’s new book,Stepping Forward: A Positive, Practical Path to Transform Our Communities and Our Lives. All Summit attendees will receive a free copy of the book and will participate in small group discussions around topics including: False Hope vs. Authentic Hope, Stains on Our Civic Fabric, Civic Memory, and Our Can-Do Spirit.

The Harwood Summit isn't a typical conference. There are no PowerPoints or panel discussions - it's three days of rolling discussions and meaningful conversations on what it will take for us to move our communities, and the country, forward. We hope you'll join us!

Seats are limited so you can register here and or email Colleen Bowman at cbowman@theharwoodinstitute.org to learn more.

Building Allies Across Community - Webinar Recording is Live!

Last month, Harwood coach Carlton Sears was joined by library professionals in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida to discuss how to engage with other organizations and create a stronger and more resilient community that can adapt to future challenges. If you missed the live training, you can access the live recording by clicking the button below or visiting our Libraries webpage.