About The Harwood Institute

Our Mission

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit that teaches, coaches and inspires people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. Founded by Rich Harwood in 1988, the Institute partners with some of the world's largest nonprofits and our tools and frameworks have spread to all 50 states in the U.S., across Australia and Canada, and have been used by individuals in more than 40 countries worldwide.

The people we teach and coach, called public innovators, are the leaders that move our communities forward. They come from nonprofits, businesses, government, the media, and educational and religious organizations. They are an essential ingredient to solving our most vexing challenges. We develop these individuals in a practice we call Turning Outward - using the community, not your conference room, as the reference point for your choices and judgments.

Our Promise

Each of us has the power within us to choose a path of possibility and hope. Where we work to change the negative conditions in communities and society that often hold us back – and create new conditions that propel us forward. Where we are part of something bigger than ourselves. By working together, we can make hope real for people and communities.

Our impact

The Harwood Institute provides you with the orientation, practices and tools so that you can make choices and work with others to create change.

Our Value Proposition

If you Turn Outward and make more intentional judgments and choices in creating change, you will produce greater impact and relevance in your community.