Rich Harwood is founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, MD. The institute teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together.
Harwood’s transformational work has spread to thousands of communities nationally and worldwide—from small towns to large cities—through concrete methods he created and has honed for more than 25 years.
These proven practices are based on hands-on work with individuals, organizations and communities in their quest to create change. Harwood’s talks, coaching techniques and practical guides have provided the hope and inspiration for individuals and groups to improve their public and private lives.
A visionary with the ability to help people identify obstacles and tap their aspirations, Harwood has inspired hundreds of audiences as he shares his philosophy of what it takes to be relevant and connected in today’s world. Harwood is also a prolific author whose books and guides include “The Work of Hope: How Individuals and Organizations Can Authentically Do Good“; “Hope Unraveled; Make Hope Real”; and “Why We’re Here: The Powerful Impact of Public Broadcasters When They Turn Outward.”
Harwood has also written numerous studies and articles that chronicle the most vital issues of our time, and has appeared on national media including MSNBC, NPR, CNN’s Inside Politics, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Special Report with Brit Hume, C-SPAN, CNN’s The Don Lemon Show, German Public Radio, China Central TV and Voice of Russia Radio. Learn more about Harwood and his inspirational personal journey.
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