The Harwood Institute’s practice of Turning Outward gives us not only the tools to engage the community around aspirations positively, but it ultimately offers us a new way to “be.”
I’m often reminded of a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh that I believe captures the essence of this work and gets to the heart of the matter: “If you have a deep aspiration, a goal for your life, then your loving of others is part of this aspiration and not a distraction from it. If you and your partner both want to do things to relieve the suffering in this world, then your love for each other is connected to your love for others, and it expands exponentially to cover the whole world.”
Connecting and making a real difference in our community is the aspiration of two Harwood Public Innovators from The Patterson Foundation’s Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, so let’s look and listen ...
Beth Duda, Director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, reflects on the importance of connecting with people and listening to their aspirations, and that in order to really make an impact, the work has to be owned by the community.
Pierrette Kelly, Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Consultant, feels the Harwood practice gets to the heart of what people are interested in, and that clarification comes through so that everyone can become part of the solution.