ABOUT RICHARD HARWOOD
For more than 20 years, Richard C. Harwood has been dedicated
to transforming our public and political lives by supporting
individuals, organizations and communities in their quest to
This passion for meaningful change and making hope real has
led to the development of a practical, focused approach towards
doing this work that has been proven effective.
His belief in the innate potential of people to come together
to make a difference in the world led him to found The Harwood
Institute for Public Innovation. Since its founding the Institute
has partnered with some of the largest nonprofits in the world, as
well as foundations and businesses to help people create meaningful
He is the author of Make Hope Real (2008) as well as Hope
Unraveled (2005), and numerous articles, essays and op-eds. He
is a commentator and contributor on national and syndicated
television, newspapers, radio and web sites, including msnbc, npr,
The Christian Science Monitor, cnn’s Inside Politics, The New
Hour with Jim Lehrer, Special Report with Brit Hume, c-span,
and many other media outlets.
Rich is a teacher and speaker, inspiring hundreds of audiences,
and making a strong case for his philosophy of turning outward,
being relevant, choosing intentionally, and staying true to
themselves and their urge to create change.
ABOUT AARON LEAVY
Aaron Leavy serves as National Editorial Advisor for the Harwood
Institute. In this position, he helps to develop, diffuse, and produce
Harwood content and capture the stories of those using our work.
Prior to joining the Harwood Institute, Leavy worked as a
research associate for Belden Russonello & Stewart, a national
communications and research firm. He has also worked on campaigns
in every Continental time zone, serving as assistant to the
campaign manager for the 2002 Paul Wellstone campaign and the
Iowa Director of Special Projects for Dean for America.
Leavy graduated from Oberlin College in 2001 with a ba in
politics. He lives in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington
and is an avid back packer.
Why We're Hereby Richard C. Harwood
Drawing lessons from The Harwood Institute’s work with public broadcasters, Why We’re Here documents how these organizations (and others
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The newest publication by Rich Harwood and Aaron Leavy, Why We’re Here, is about what it takes for individuals and organizations to be more relevant and significant in the lives of their communities.
Drawing lessons from The Harwood Institute’s work with public broadcasters, Why We’re Here documents how these organizations (and others like them) innovate, become more intentional in relating to communities, engage and mobilize people and ultimately deepen their impact in people’s lives.
Positive, genuine change in communities does not come easily – nothing good ever does. But after over twenty years of work, Harwood and Leavy have demonstrated that such change is within reach of individuals and organizations who are willing to turn outward toward their communities and become more intentional in the judgments and choices they make in seeking genuine impact.
Why We're Here gives real world examples of turning outward, demonstrating the incredible potential for organizations to create change and deepen their relevance. It’s a particularly engaging read for leaders and teachers looking for an illustration of groups who have successfully turned outward outlining both the successes and challenges they weathered to get there.
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