A guide to help you keep public knowledge at the forefront of your strategic planning process, from goal-setting to developing targets and metrics.
A tool to help you draw connections between what you are learning in your community and what you are doing in your library programming.
Four steps to help orient your team and keep them on track to being community focused
When we talk with others about our aspirations we improve the chances that we can find some common ground to come together and get things done. Use this Harwood in a Half Hour on your own and then try it in a group setting – we have an Aspirations Facilitators Guide to help in leading the conversation!
Turning Outward makes the community and the people the reference point for getting things done. Are you mostly turned inward or outward? Use the quiz to find out…
When we become more intentional about the choices we do make we can have far greater impact. After completing this Harwood in a Half Hour take another look at intentionality with this personal essay by Rich Harwood.
Getting people across the community to work together takes a great deal of personal commitment and energy. It’s important to make sure you keep your own “batteries charged” when you do this valuable and often difficult work.
If you work at a foundation or are a philanthropist, you want to use your money wisely. This tool will help you better factor in the communities where you are trying to help people and solve problems to get bigger impact.
Use this tool to evaluate your Board. Are you really putting what your community wants at the center of your business decisions? Help make sure that you and your Board are truly focused on what matters.
The central challenge facing Winchester and Clark County—like so many other places throughout our country—is how to make community a common enterprise again. At the conclusion of this report, there are seven key steps to do just that. Making progress—real progress—is doable and achievable if people come together to act.
This report illustrates the results of the conversations that the Harwood Institute had with board members across America. The results pointed to a series of challenges boards face both in recognizing the need to be more connected to the community and also engaging in behaviors as a board that would make that connection more likely.
The Ripple Effect is about how change happens in communities. It comes at a time when people throughout the country yearn to find alternatives to prolonged political gridlock, toxic public discourse and mistrust in a whole host of institutions, organizations, and leaders. At a time when significant trends, which have emerged over previous decades, are reshaping society – including dramatic shifts in family structure, widening income gaps, an uneven economy that undermines the vitality of many communities and poor education systems that fail to give many youth a real shot at the American Dream.
"Putting Community in Collective Impact" lays out five key characteristics of civic culture, explore why they matter, and how paying attention to them may be the difference between a collective impact effort getting stuck – even falling flat – or generating the kinds of results we seek. A collective impact approach holds enormous promise for bringing about meaningful change – but only if such action is taken with communities, not apart from them.
After months of work with boundary-spanning organizations in Youngstown, OH, The Harwood Institute presented its final report to the Academic Distress Commission on the Youngstown City Schools last month. In the report, Rich Harwood found that there were a variety of issues facing the people of Youngstown, including that the schools appear as though they are in constant flux, there is a short supply of trust in the community, and that community responsibility is essential for moving forward on a new path.
What does engagement look like when it works well? “The Engagement Path” is a report from The Harwood Institute that pulls together years of experience in working with communities to detail the way people handle on issues over time in a constructive, meaningful way.
Why is it that some initiatives take off in one community but seem to fall flat when you try to replicate them in other places? The five stages of community life help explain why some communities move faster and others slower when it comes to change.
The formation of authentic public opinion requires confrontation with political realities and open discussion. This report presents findings of a study that sought to describe the nature of the process through which citizens learn about public concerns and engage in them. The report argues that the seemingly chaotic process of forming opinions is actually one composed of meaningful patterns and principles.
by Rich Harwood
By Richard C. Harwood, Kettering Foundation Press (2012)
Based on deep conversations with Americans about the kind of country they want, The Work of Hope shows that fixing politics or even the economy won’t fix what is broken in the country. But, the good news is people have a clear sense of what it will take to move forward.
By Richard C. Harwood & Aaron B. Leavy, Kettering Foundation Press (2011)
What happens when organizations turn outward and become more intentional in creating change? Follow the path of 12 remarkable public broadcasting stations as they make a compelling case for the power and potential of Turning Outward toward the community.
By Richard C. Harwood, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Press (2007)
Five factors each of us must consider as we work to create change and make hope real in our communities. Included are tools for thinking about your work and creating local conversations about what it takes to make hope real.
By Richard C. Harwood, Kettering Foundation Press (2005)
A vital resource for all who work to create change and move the nation forward,Hope Unraveled reveals a reality that transcends growing consumerism, distorted realities and false divisions, and lays out an alternate path for politics and public life for all Americans.
By Richard C. Harwood (2002)
This treatise lays out in detail the aspirations Americans hold for political leaders, news media, and their fellow citizens, as articulated by participants in our Citizen Assemblies and other Harwood Institute projects.