Founder and president of the Harwood Institute to be Harpur Forum Speaker


 Richard Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, will discuss “From Retreat to Authentic Hope: How We Can Make Hope Real in Our Communities” on Thursday, April 24, at the Harpur Forum breakfast to be held at the Binghamton Club in downtown Binghamton.

Founded in 1988, the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a nonprofit catalytic organization dedicated to helping people imagine and act for the public good.  The Institute also seeks to create fundamental change in American public life to encourage the public to use their collective efforts to make a difference towards building a common future.

“If we are to improve politics and public life, then we need to release ourselves from our resignation that public life and politics has to be the way that it is today, and declare that it can be better, that we can be better,” Harwood said.  “There is unfinished work to do.”   

In working to build and grow civic strength in communities across the nation, Harwood has helped leaders authentically engage their communities. The Institute has helped to develop the capacity of civic-minded organizations including housing corporations, arts groups and faith-based organizations.  The Institute has also worked toward improving the political conduct of citizens, leaders, and news media across the nation.

The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and Harwood’s discussion will commence promptly at 8:00 a.m.

The Harpur Forum serves business, professional and community leaders by bringing nationally known authorities to speak at functions throughout the year.

Last Updated: 9/17/13