The Harwood Institute Initiative


A Partnership of Impact Alamance and The Harwood Institute

Impact Alamance has forged a partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation on
an initiative to spur community transformation in Alamance County.

Impact Alamance started as a result of Alamance Regional Medical Center’s merger with Cone
Health. The organization invests more than $2 million dollars into the Alamance County
community annually with the goal of creating a healthier and smarter community that will lead
to a stronger future for everyone. Impact Alamance seeks to foster community-wide dialogue
and make investments in the community that will create lasting change; these goals led Impact
Alamance to partner with The Harwood Institute on this new initiative.

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that for
over 30 years has equipped people, organizations, communities, and networks with the tools to
bridge divides, create a culture of shared responsibility, and build a community’s civic
capacities. The Harwood Institute’s Turning Outward practice has spread to all 50 U.S. states
and 40 countries. A growing network of thousands have adopted the approach and made it
their own.

There are two primary goals of this initiative: (1) generate community-led transformation on
concerns that matter to people; (2) strengthen the civic culture of Alamance County so the
community can take effective, sustainable action. You can learn more about this initiative here. 

If you have questions or would like to get involved in future conversations, please contact Jewel Tillman at 

Keynote Address:

Rich Harwood visited Alamance County in May of 2022 to deliver a Keynote Address, Civic Virus: Why Polarization is a Misdiagnosis. This was the kick-off of the partnership with the Foundation to further shape the work we’re doing to create a more equitable county for everyone. You can view some highlights of the keynote by visiting the link below.

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