September 17, 2019 Newsletter

Stepping Forward Across California

Rich Harwood at the Paradise library

Rich Harwood at the Paradise library

Over the weekend, the Stepping Forward Campaign traveled to Sacramento and Butte County, CA where Rich Harwood spoke about how to get on a more positive, practical path towards hope.

In Paradise, CA, the community is stepping forward and rebuilding after a devastating wildfire ravaged their community in 2018. The event was hosted by Butte County Library and held at Chico State University. Rich Harwood remarked, “there is a noticeable, powerful, and potent civic pride here that doesn’t exist in every community I work in.”

Stepping Forward at the Sacramento Public Library

Stepping Forward at the Sacramento Public Library

In Sacramento, CA, civic pride was evident in the 200 person crowd that convened in the Sacramento Public Library to hear Rich’s keynote address on September 15. The library is using the momentum created on Sunday to continue the conversation, with over 80 community conversations planned for the fall.

Thank you to the Butte County Library and the Sacramento Public Library for stepping forward! If you’re interested in getting on a new path, consider bringing Rich to your community!


Join Rich on October 1 to celebrate the Official Stepping Forward Launch!

On October 1 at 1 PM ET, Rich Harwood will host a special online launch for his bestselling book, Stepping Forward: A Positive, Practical Path to Transform Our Communities and Our Lives. Join the online event to learn how to take action on the ideas in this book and become a part of the Stepping Forward Campaign!

Inspired by the Stepping Forward Campaign? Become a Campaign Captain!

We’re looking for people across the country who are committed to stepping forward and getting our country, and our communities, on a more hopeful path. If you believe in this message, consider becoming a Campaign Captain!

Growing Personally and Professionally at the 2019 Harwood Summit

After judging the Patterson Foundation’s Aspirations to Actions essay contest, Thomas Tryon, Opinion Editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, will be attending the Harwood Summit for the first time this year. As Thomas remarked, “it is just as important in our private lives to listen and learn, to look both inward and outward, and to seek to build common bonds based on mutually beneficial outcomes.”

Follow #HarwoodSummit2019 on social media to get updates in real time from this year’s event!

Are you ready to Turn Outward?

From October 15-17 in Atlanta, GA, change makers from across the country will learn how to uncover community aspirations, develop more effective programming and create positive, lasting change. Transform the way you engage with your community, and join the ranks of over 4,000 library professionals who are Turning Outward, by attending this year’s Public Innovators Lab for Libraries!

Next Webinar: Supporting a Turned Outward Organizational Structure

In the upcoming webinar, Harwood Coach Carlton Sears will discuss how you can use the Harwood practice to drive internal cultural change. He’ll be joined by library professionals from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and California. Register for this webinar to learn how you can orient your team to Turn Outward.

Supporting a Turned Outward Organizational Culture
September, 25, 2019 at 1 PM ET