Public Innovators Lab
The Greater Clark Foundation partnered with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to offer a Public Innovators Lab in Winchester.
About 100 Public Innovators learned new ways to bring people together to solve local challenges and strengthen how the community works together. The 2.5 day Lab required participants to think through real scenarios and apply their own challenges to the frameworks and tools presented. Participants learned the five key steps to becoming a Public Innovator and how to deepen the impact in their community. This community of Innovators is now a part of the global Public Innovator Corps.
Following the Public Innovators Lab, Harwood Certified Coaches will provide 18 months of support including monthly coaching calls, in-person innovation spaces, webinars, emails and a digital community of support. GCF is committing significant financial resources to bring this program to the community, investing more than $5,000 in each Public Innovator.
To prepare for the Lab, The Harwood Institute undertook a series of conversations with community residents to learn more about the community and identify strengths that can be built upon moving forward. The results of that survey are compiled in a report, “Waving the Community Flag,” which can be downloaded here. Those insights will guide community members’ efforts as they look at ways to build on what’s working and make it thrive. Rich’s presentation is available here.