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Richard C. Harwood

Why I Love Data

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

So, by all means, let's use data, let's set goals, and let's figure out what works. And at the same time, let's also re-commit ourselves to be discerning in how we pursue this path.

Where We're Going

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

"Scale" and "scaling change" are terms that are thrown around so much in professional circles that they have become cliché. Yet, for all of us in the business of improving lives and building stronger communities, they are the terms that often are the source of both our frustration and our inspiration.

Where We've Been

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

At the time, I was disillusioned with what I saw happening in society, politics and particularly among nonprofits that seemed more interested in their own good than in solving problems for the common good.

Ferguson: Taking Steps to Support a Path Forward

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

As events continue to unfold in Ferguson, Mo., there are three questions we must ask ourselves: What are we to make of what is happening there? How can Ferguson not be the victim of empty promises of aid and justice that so often come after tragic events? And how can the community productively move forward?

U.S. World Cup Win: A Civic Parable for Our Time

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

As a huge soccer fan, I was ecstatic about the U.S. national team's 2-1 victory over Ghana Monday. As an American, I was struck even more by the words...

Our New Goal: 5,000 Trained Public Innovators Ready to Change the Country

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

We've put this stake in the ground to counter the growing toxic public discourse, division and mistrust in our society. There is an urgent need to make community a common enterprise.

Capacity Building vs. Innovation Readiness

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

Oftentimes the response to this challenge is to do "capacity building" -- when it's "innovation readiness" that's needed most.

Will You Join Me in My Campaign to Move This Country Forward?

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

Last week we successfully launched our Reclaiming Main Street Campaign, starting in Washington, D.C. I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we...

Why I'm Embarking on a Campaign to Reclaim Main Street

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we must remind ourselves -- and reclaim the practical idea -- that community is a common enterprise. None of us can go it alone.

Moving Beyond the Nation's Impasse: Shutdown Week 3

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

In traveling the country, I've repeatedly been asked: What's going on with the government shutdown and the country? Are we as a nation falling apart?

Americans' Gut Check on the Shutdown

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

The national fiasco popularly known as the federal government shutdown is prompting us to take a collective gut check: will anything productive and hopeful result from this mess?

The Local Antidote to the Government Shutdown

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

As the federal government shutdown grips the nation, many people in local communities feel disgusted and powerless to change what's happening. But we needn't despair. Here are three basic steps individuals and groups in communities can take immediately to combat head-on the ill effects of the shutdown.

Stop-and-Frisk: Build Trust, Not Bust It

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

The debate over "stop-and-frisk" police tactics is front and center in New York City and elsewhere in the nation. This policy goes to our very definition of community, leading to a fundamental question: Are these tactics intended to build or bust trust in a community?

Don't Sell Detroit's Soul

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 10.02.2013 | Detroit
Richard C. Harwood

A community is made up of much more than just dollars and cents. Don't get me wrong: Detroit must make hard financial decisions. There's no way to hide from them or put them off any longer. But don't sell the soul of the community in the process.

The Sweet Call of the National Anthem

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 09.02.2013 | DC
Richard C. Harwood

Some people held their right hand over their heart. Many had taken off their ball caps. And standing there amid the crowd, I could hear the soft strains of folks singing the words to our national anthem.