“A powerful call to action, Stepping Forward is a profound and inspiring book.”
— ERIC KLINENBERG

Author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, & the Decline of Civic Life

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A NEW PATH FORWARD

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Many of us are frustrated by the divisive nature of our public discourse, mistrust and broken promises. We lack hope that we can bridge our divides, come together and get things done.

Rich Harwood offers a new path forward. He argues that we don’t have to accept the divisions, gridlock and negativity happening in our country. He knows, from working in communities for more than 30 years, that we can rediscover what we share in common and actively build upon it.

Stepping Forward shows us how to channel our frustrations, energies, and aspirations to get on a more hopeful path. This book shows us how we can step forward to —

  • Turn Outward to see and hear each other again and afford every person human dignity

  • Rediscover what we share in common by focusing on our shared aspirations, even amid our real differences

  • Recognize we must tap into our innate capabilities to produce meaningful change

  • Forge a new shared responsibility to marshal community resources to solve problems and harness people’s yearning for genuine engagement

  • Create a new can-do narrative by focusing on civic parables that remind us that we can be actors, shapers and builders of our shared lives

To get the country moving in a better direction, these efforts must start in our local communities. Then we can restore our can-do spirit and faith in ourselves. You don’t need to wait.

Step Forward.

“Powerful and timely.”

— David Mathews
President, Kettering Foundation

“Hope we sorely need.”

— Hilary Pennington
Executive Vice President, Program, Ford Foundation

“A critical case of people-centered service.”

— Michele Nunn
President and CEO, CARE USA

“Rich knows how to heal divides and build bridges.”

— Brian Gallagher
President and CEO, United Way Worldwide

“The results are real.”

— Jay Williams
President/CEO, Hartford Foundation of Public Giving. Former Mayor of Youngstown, OH.

“Thunders with optimism.”

— Melody Barnes
Co-Director, Democracy Initiative, University of Virginia & former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

ABOUT RICH HARWOOD

TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES FOR OVER 30 YEARS

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Rich Harwood has devoted his career to revitalizing the nation’s hardest-hit communities, transforming the world’s largest organizations and reconnecting institutions to society. He is an inspiring, sought after speaker who regularly keynotes major conferences and events. He has written several books, scores of articles and groundbreaking reports, and frequently appears on national media. He is the Founder and President of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, located in Bethesda, Md.

See Rich Harwood’s Redeeming Hope blog
Learn more about Rich’s work with The Harwood Institute

STEPPING FORWARD CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES OCTOBER 1!

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A book tour asks you to listen. We’re asking you to step forward.

The Stepping Forward Campaign is a national call to action. Rich Harwood is embarking on a two-year campaign to speak about how we can put our communities and our country on a more hopeful path. 

This campaign can help you:

  • Take a leading role in improving people’s lives and doing that work in a way that builds the community

  • Mobilize community leaders and others to take action and improve your community

  • Stop feeling stuck and provide a clear path to move forward

  • Build momentum towards positive, lasting change 

The Stepping Forward Campaign launches on October 1, 2019. Be one of the first to host a campaign event and bring this important message to your community.

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USE THIS BOOK TO GALVANIZE CHANGE & BUILD ALLIES

With our book packages, you can galvanize a new positive energy and build allies for change in your home, workplace, or community. Explore the options below.

1 BOOK

Join a webinar with Rich Harwood and learn how to put the principles into action

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10 BOOKS

Host a book club with 10 friends to start a conversation in your community

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20 BOOKS

Share this with your
staff and board to build a team that is Stepping Forward

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50 BOOKS

Share this book at upcoming events
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“LET’S BE REAL…

No one believes that the seismic challenges we face today can be solved overnight or even through a series of large-scale initiatives. The task is to demonstrate the nation is moving in a better direction—onto a more promising trajectory. Where the circle of people taking action is ever expanding. Where trust is being rebuilt. And where civic confidence is growing.”

— Rich Harwood, Stepping Forward

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PRE-ORDER TODAY

Pre-order today and join an online event with Rich Harwood on October 1 to celebrate the official launch of Stepping Forward! He will share how you can take action on the themes in this book and you’ll be the first to know about the launch of the Stepping Forward Campaign!

Send your pre-order receipt to info@theharwoodinstitute.org to get the link for the live event!

 

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