Listening deeply to gain public knowledge

Listening deeply to gain public knowledge

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Beth Doyle

As we continue the Aspirations to Actions journey and learn more about the Harwood practice, Rich Harwood, president and founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, helps us realize that turning outward is an orientation, a posture, and a mindset where we can truly see and hear others. It opens us to up to being intentional in our choices so that we can positively engage others around shared aspirations, instead of problems, and make progress together.

To do this, we must gain public knowledge about people’s aspirations, concerns, and how they see their communities. While important, expert knowledge -- data, studies, best practices -- is too often substituted for public knowledge and doesn’t allow for building community ownership and forward momentum.

In this clip, Rich explains that to pursue a path of possibility and hope, we must focus on public knowledge:

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