National Expert on Public Life to Speak in Oakland Nov. 20

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The Harwood Institute brings “Reclaiming Main Street” campaign to northern California.

Richard C. Harwood

There are specific things all of us can do to move the country forward.

Rich Harwood has an important message for people who are disgusted with the dysfunction in today’s politics and public life: There is a way forward, and it begins with each of us.

In his new “Reclaiming Main Street” nationwide campaign and speaking tour, Harwood - a nationally recognized expert - outlines a critical assessment of our current political climate and the corrosive effect it’s having on our ability to work toward common goals. He also discusses concrete steps individuals and organizations can take to make a difference on these important issues. Harwood is scheduled to speak in Oakland Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave.

“Community is a common enterprise,” says Harwood, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-area Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. “We can’t go it alone. There are specific things all of us can do to move the country forward.” Read more about the campaign in Harwood’s blogs on the Huffington Post: “Why I’m Embarking on a Campaign to Reclaim Main Street” and “Will You Join Me in My Campaign to Move This Country Forward?”

Harwood has spent 25 years working with people in towns and cities across the nation to help them identify and solve challenges ranging from high unemployment and low high school graduation rates to increases in crime and poverty – but doing so in a way that builds the capacities of communities themselves.

Harwood kicked off his campaign Oct. 28 in Washington, D.C. Upcoming stops include Sarasota, Fla. and Spokane, Wash.; most will take place in public libraries and other community institutions that are critical to a vibrant public life but are often overlooked.

More about Rich Harwood and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation

The Harwood Institute partners with such organizations as United Way, Goodwill, AARP, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the American Library Association to strengthen their ability to achieve impact and also deepen their connection to the communities they serve.

A visionary and prolific author, speaker and commentator, Harwood has inspired hundreds of audiences as he helps give voice to the aspirations people have for their communities and the country. An expert in helping communities work together on tough public challenges, he recently facilitated Newtown, Conn.’s unanimous decision on the fate of Sandy Hook Elementary, where 26 children and adults were killed in December 2012.

Harwood’s observations about public dissatisfaction with the government and elected leaders are chronicled in his latest book, “The Work of Hope: How Individuals & Organizations Can Authentically Do Good.” The book documents Harwood’s conversations with Americans across the country about politics and public life. Learn more about Harwood’s work and life here.

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