The Harwood Institute's principles shared during public innovators lab

The Harwood Institute's principles shared during public innovators lab

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Beth Doyle

We have a fundamental choice as human beings -- to see and hear one another or to continue business as usual. The question is whether or not we will choose to make our community a “common enterprise” to bring people together to create positive change, says Rich Harwood, president and CEO of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

The Harwood Institute is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing issues and change how communities work together. This methodology is embedded in thousands of communities across the United States and in 40 countries. Locally, Aspirations to Actions is The Patterson Foundation’s initiative that uses the Harwood Institute's methods to train public innovators who work to strengthen our community.

The Patterson Foundation hosted the first Public Innovators Lab presented by The Harwood Institute in 2014 with 70 individuals participating in the two-and a-half-day event. This September, 120 individuals will participate in the second lab held in our region.

We believe focusing on people’s aspirations and empowering them to develop solutions for their communities has enormous potential to strengthen our community and the lives of the people who live here. Over the next 18 months, individuals and teams involved in Aspirations to Actions will continue the work of learning the aspirations of their community while connecting and working with others to create positive change.

Please take a moment to “see and hear” Rich’s story:

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