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Critical Factors Affecting US Division and Its Impact on Political and Social Environment - Florida Virtual Event
Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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Florida Chapter ONLINE Event
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT

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Critical Factors Affecting US Division and Its Impact on Political and Social Environment

Divisions in the country are intrinsically about social and psychological conditions—such as fear, anxiety, and a lack of empathy and belonging—rather than about ideological polarization.

Today, rather than being ‘polarized,’ Americans are profoundly isolated and disoriented, producing within people a fight-or-flight response.

There are proven key actions we can take. In short, we must: 

  • Step forward to counter the negativity and noise
  • Root our stand in people’s shared aspirations
  • Build networks of people of goodwill still willing to discover those things that we share in common

About the Speaker: Richard C. Harwood

  • BA in Political Economy Skidmore College
  • MA in Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, Princeton University
  • Truman Scholar, Runner-up Rhodes Scholar
  • A public life inspired by deep personal conviction and experience
  • Worked on more than 20 political campaigns by the time he was 23 years old
  • Worked for two highly respected non-profits (Public Agenda and Jobs for the Future)
  • At age 27 founded The Harwood Group out of his one-bedroom apartment in Wash. DC
  • Almost immediately produced the national, groundbreaking report Citizens and Politics: A View from Main St. highlighting that “Americans did not feel apathetic but instead held a deep sense of anger and disconnection”.
  • In 1998 transitioned from The Harwood Group and founded the non-profit, The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to spread his work to more communities and reach more people. 
  • Over the past 30 years has innovated and developed a new philosophy and practice of how communities can solve shared problems and change their civic 
    culture that has spread to all 50 U.S. states and is being used in 40 countries.
  • The Harwood Institute has partnered with the largest non‐profits in the world and attracted some of the world’s largest financial supporters.
  • Rich worked with Goodwill Industries International, where he led the $5 billion social enterprise to pull back from its contentious practice of paying a subminimum wage to people with disabilities, once highlighted on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
  • After the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Rich led the process for the community to collectively decide the fate of the school building. 
  • Inspiring, sought-after speaker, who regularly keynotes major conferences and events. 
  • Appears regularly on major media outlets including NPR, MSNBC’S Meet the Press Daily, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and C-SPAN.
  • Author of 6 books including an Amazon bestseller, scores of articles, and numerous groundbreaking reports.
  • Regular contributor to The Christian Citizen, a publication that speaks on issues of justice, mercy, and faith. 


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