The Patterson Foundation will kickoff its Aspirations to Actions initiative, presented in partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, with a speech by national public discourse expert Rich Harwood on Aug. 12 from 4:30 pm-6:00 pm at Lakewood Ranch Country Club (7650 Legacy Blvd, Lakewood Ranch). The presentation is open to the public.
During his speech, “Reclaiming Main Street,” Harwood, a renowned leader in bringing communities together, will share how individuals and organizations can become catalysts for positive change and engage in and strengthen their communities. The address is part of his cross-country campaign where he talks with people about their aspirations for their communities and the goal to train 5,000 public innovators by 2016.
Harwood’s address launches The Patterson Foundation’s Aspirations to Actions initiative, where individuals selected from the local region will participate in three days of training during a Public Innovators Lab presented by Harwood and coaches from The Harwood Institute.
“We are always interested in collaboration and innovation while embracing new ideas,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The Aspirations to Actions initiative and The Harwood Institute’s techniques have enormous potential to positively impact our region and the lives of people who are proud to live here.”
During the Public Innovators Lab, more than 70 individuals representing diverse geographic and issue areas will learn the Institute’s approaches to “turn outward” by developing a deeper understanding of their communities and using that knowledge to make community the reference point for positive change.
The Patterson Foundation, which is providing full scholarships for all of the selected participants to experience the training, will also provide support for the groups as they carry out their work throughout the coming year.
“All across the country, people are yearning to come together,” said Harwood, whose approach to change has spread to thousands of communities across the United States and more than 40 countries. “They want to step forward and make a difference.”
To learn more about Rich Harwood and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, please visit www.theharwoodinstitute.org.
About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation works with partners to accelerate positive change by sharing fresh perspectives on strategy, contributing new ideas and providing resources. We believe we’re stronger together – that the act of creative collaboration produces results and knowledge that can be applied more broadly to transcend any single act of philanthropy. For more information, please visit www.thepattersonfoundation.org.