Public Innovators Labs

Learn to turn outward through real-world scenarios, alongside peers and community leaders.

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Applied learning, real-life scenarios, and action beyond theory.

Learn how to make your community—not your conference room—the reference point for your choices and actions.


Through our in-person Public Innovators Lab, you and/or your colleagues will learn our time-tested approach to creating deeper and more meaningful impact in your community. Over the course of the 2.5 day training, you will learn how to turn outward and build a solid foundational practice for making better community-focused choices.


Who should attend

The Lab is for people who are leading or supporting work to help address community problems. We call these individuals public innovators. They can come from nonprofits, faith organizations, businesses, government, academia and other areas. Their organizations can be any size from any size community.

  • People who play a key role in driving the execution of programs or initiatives that address community challenges
  • Senior staffs that lead programmatic areas or are responsible for coordinating community initiatives
  • CEOs of organizations that are of such a size that the CEO is often engaged directly in ensuring that community work gets done (usually smaller or mid-sized nonprofits)
  • People responsible for community outreach, volunteer engagement, donor engagement or other areas around strengthening support of the community




  • How to engage and understand your community the right way
  • How to use what you learn from the community to gain new allies 
  • How to improve your programs and strategies so they work for your community - not just for the experts
  • How to get work moving with the right partners in the community when it seems like everyone is stuck and there's talk but no action
  • How to be a more intentional community leader that exercises genuine authority, authenticity and accountability



  • Attendance to our Public Innovators Lab
  • Weekly emails over three months containing tools, tips, case studies, and more.
  • A toolkit with materials you can use with your colleagues 
  • A library of videos on topics we cover in the Lab



Be prepared to work! The Lab is intensive, will require you to think through real scenarios and apply your own challenges to the frameworks and tools being presented. It's not for passive learners. There will be group work, projects, small discussions, reflection time, and loads of application. 



Southeast Sydney Local Health District Lab

Feb 14-16, 2018 – Sydney, Australia

American Library Association Lab

October 2018 – St. Louis, MO

Our upcoming Virtual Labs ›

Still have questions?


A team of Public Innovators, 
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Each of our coaches are certified in the Harwood approach, often leads or is central to many of our other projects, and maintains their own practice in addition to the work we do together. You couldn't be in better hands.