How do we bring people together when our society is breaking apart?
A new and inspiring blueprint to rediscover what we share in common and how to build upon it.
Author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, & the Decline of Civic Life
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.
— David Mathews
President, Kettering Foundation
— Hilary Pennington
Executive Vice President, Program, Ford Foundation
— Michele Nunn
President and CEO, CARE USA
— Brian Gallagher
President and CEO, United Way Worldwide
— Jay Williams
President/CEO, Hartford Foundation of Public Giving. Former Mayor of Youngstown, OH.
— Melody Barnes
Co-Director, Democracy Initiative, University of Virginia & former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council
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.
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.
Join a webinar with Rich Harwood and learn how to put the principles into action
Host a book club with 10 friends to start a conversation in your community
Share this with your
staff and board to build a team that is Stepping Forward
Share this book at upcoming events
to galvanize your community
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.”