Article Outlines How Communities Can Move from Trauma and Despair to Healing and Growth
Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) January 14, 2014
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has named an opinion piece by Richard Harwood, “After Disasters, Communities Need Long-Term Solutions, Not Quick Fixes,” as one of its top 10 highlights of 2013. The article, published by the Chronicle on Nov. 17, 2013 outlines how communities can move from trauma and despair to healing and growth.
Harwood is president and founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit based in Bethesda, Md. that teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. During 2013 Harwood helped the people of Newtown, Conn. determine the fate of Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 children and six educators on Dec. 14, 2012.
With Harwood’s guidance, a 28-person task force voted unanimously to raze the school and rebuild it on the same site. For several weeks, Harwood listened as members of the community expressed gut-wrenching concerns about whether to return to the current school site, what it would take to deal with the lasting effects of trauma on children and how to help the community heal.