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

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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.

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?

Hold on: Detroit Is Not Dead!

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 09.23.2013 | Detroit
Richard C. Harwood

The doom and gloom tale of Detroit abounds. But don't declare the city dead just yet. There's another story about Detroit waiting to be told, one of resiliency and possibility amid the trouble.

Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, and Paula Deen

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

This week, Eliot Spitzer, the former New York State governor who was forced to resign after being caught with high-priced prostitutes, declared his ca...

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.

What to Do at the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

The crisis at Komen is about authenticity. Does the organization have the people they serve clearly in their line of sight, or has it lost sight of them amid its troubles and pressures?