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Virtual Public Innovator Labs

Learn the skills you need, wherever you are.


Our training platform is built for you.

The Virtual Lab is an robust multi-week online course offered several times each year. Attend sessions from the comfort of your own computer, participate in structured discussions, and practice your new skills with other amazing people.


Through our online course, you and/or your colleagues will learn our time-tested approach to creating deeper and more meaningful impact in your community.


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.

  • We are looking for people who run programs or initiatives, are part of the senior staff, or lead organizations. 
  • If you already use our approach but have new staff, this is a great, cost effective way for them to get trained.



  • 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



  • An action plan that you can start on as soon as you get home
  • A toolkit with all the materials you can copy and use with your colleagues 
  • A library of videos on topics we cover in the Lab
  • Regular updates from the Institute through our newsletter



  • The Virtual Lab is structured as an 8-week online course.
  • This program will take place every Thursday from 1:30-3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for 8 weeks.
  • The online sessions are highly interactive. You're expected to participate in discussions. 
  • In between sessions, you will participate in online discussions and have about 30 minutes of "homework" to do so you can apply what you are learning as you are learning it. 



Spring Virtual Lab ›

Apr 5 - May 24, 2018

Fall Virtual Lab ›

Sep 27 - Nov 1, 2018

Still have questions?


A team of Public Innovators, 
at your service.

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.



Virtual Lab Technical Requirements

Please have a direct phone line available (mobile numbers will work fine), as we will be using a toll-free phone number. Also have access to a Mac or Windows-based computer, a stable internet connection.


Windows Minimum Requirements

  • 1.4GHz Intel Pentium 4
  • Microsoft Windows 7+ (32-bit/64-bit)
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Windows Edge, Internet Explorer 8.0+
  • Adobe Flash Player 13.0+


Mac OSX Minimum Requirements

  • 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.9+
  • Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 13.0+