What is a Public Innovator? National Expert Explains Definition, Need for More People Committed to Solving Community Challenges
April 18, 2014
Are you a public innovator? Richard Harwood, a nationally renowned expert on transforming communities and changing the country's public discourse, explains what public innovators are and how they serve as important catalysts for change in his new blog: "What is a Public Innovator?"
Public innovators are people who are engaged in their communities and are committed to solving the challenges around them, says Harwood, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-area Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit based in Bethesda, Md. The Institute teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together.
"They are as interested in transforming how things get done as they are in moving the needle on specific challenges," says Harwood, who has guided people to become public innovators for more than 25 years. "These individuals hold and cherish firm ideals to improve society. They are equally pragmatic in wanting to see results."