Enough is enough. Americans are now searching for answers as the country confronts rampant polarization, gridlock and even hate speech.

People are looking for a trusted voice who can provide a clear path for how to channel their frustrations, energies and aspirations to get on a more hopeful trajectory.  We will need to be ruthless in our pursuit of hope in order to rediscover what we share in common and actively build upon it.

Rich Harwood, President and Founder of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, is launching a yearlong multi-city tour to speak about how we can get on that more hopeful path. To get the country moving in the right direction, these efforts must start in our local communities. We cannot afford to wait for Washington, DC. We invite you to host a tour stop and bring this important message to your community.

Join 80+ Communities who Want to Participate in Rich’s National Speaking Tour!

This tour is for the fast-growing number of Americans who know we can do better. We have secured stops across the country, and over 80 organizations are interested in hosting a stop. Your community could be next! If you’d like to bring Rich to your community, contact Colleen Bowman at cbowman@theharwoodinstitute.org or 301-656-3669.

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What questions will the tour answer?

  • How do we bring people together when it feels like our society is breaking apart?

  • How can we unleash a greater sense of shared responsibility among us?

  • How can we be a part of something larger than ourselves to truly make a difference in our communities?

  • How can we personally find the courage and humility to take such a path?

Why should you host a tour stop?

  • If you want to take a leading role in improving people’s lives and doing that work in a way that builds the community

  • If you want to mobilize community leaders and others to take action and improve your community

  • If you feel stuck and you’re not sure how to move forward

  • If you’re frustrated with the status quo and you want to see positive, lasting change

What does a tour stop look like?

You can customize your tour package, and choose from the elements that will best address the needs of your community:

Tour Package #1:

  • Keynote address with Rich Harwood to inspire and mobilize your community

  • Q&A with Rich Harwood and the audience, laying out concrete ways for people and groups in your community to build dignity, hope, and community

  • Strategic roundtable with Rich Harwood and your board, funders, or key community leaders to develop an action plan to overcome challenges

  • Media and promotional support from the Harwood team

Tour Package #2:

  • 1-day Summit, for up to 50 or more participants, led by Rich Harwood. The Summit is a safe space for people to have an in-depth and serious discussion about what it will take for us to move forward together, especially in a time when so many of our conversations are divided, riddled by mistrust, and fail to get to core issues we need to address.

  • Those attending the Summit personally examine how they want to engage with others: What is our purpose? What choices do we make? Who do we - as individuals and collectively - seek to become?

  • The Summit is a combination of large and small group discussions:

    • Opening from Rich Harwood on engendering Hope, Dignity and Community and the need to Turn Outward

    • Personal reflections: Where do I find hope today?

    • First breakout session of small group discussions (topics include: Localism, People’s Innate Capacities, Our Shared Narrative and others; additional local topics can be framed)  

    • Second breakout session of small group discussions

    • Lunch and address from Rich about Civic Faith and How Change Happens

    • A discussion of hope, and how each of us can find it

    • Attendees complete a “personal covenant” to take home with them

    • Final reflections by attendees and closing remarks from Rich on the main themes from the day

    • Reception

  • Media and promotional support from the Harwood team



After working on more than 20 political campaigns and two highly respected non-profits, Rich Harwood set out to create something entirely different. He founded The Harwood Group in 1988 when he was just 27 years old. Soon after, he wrote the the ground-breaking report Citizen and Politics: A View from Main Street, the first national study to uncover that Americans did not feel apathetic about politics, but instead held a deep sense of anger and disconnection.

Over the past 30 years, Rich has innovated and developed a new philosophy and practice of how communities can solve shared problems and change their civic culture.  The Harwood Group has evolved into the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and the Harwood practice has spread to all 50 U.S. States and is being used in 40 countries.

Rich’s has invested his career in revitalizing the nation’s hardest-hit communities, transforming the world’s largest organizations and reconnecting institutions like newsrooms and schools to society. In Newtown, CT, after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Rich led the process for the community to collectively decide the fate of the school building.  Rich is an inspiring, sought after speaker, who regularly keynotes major conferences and events. He appears regularly on major media outlets and has written four books, scores of articles, and numerous groundbreaking reports.

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