The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local News

April 24, 2013

Author Rich Harwood speaks on spurring positive change

ANDERSON, Ind. — Rich Harwood is on a mission of hope.

As part of his “The Work of Hope: How Individuals and Organizations Can Authentically Do Good” book tour, Harwood, president and founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, is traveling the country, speaking to communities about how focusing on needs other than one’s own can spur positive change and help turn the tide against economic and social woes.

“I think we face a lot of obstacles in our communities now,” he said. “If we’re going to move forward, we need to turn outward, toward each other. ... We all own a part of the challenges we face.”

Wednesday, Harwood’s tour brought him to Madison County, where he gave two talks: one at Anderson Public Library and another at the East Main Street Christian Church in Elwood. Both were sponsored by the United Way of Madison County.

Harwood said he chose to speak here because he “saw the potential of the community” while working with the local United Way on income initiatives last year. Their work, he said, is a “great example of what can be achieved in Anderson when people start acting with members of the community rather than focusing on their own agendas” — one way in which communities can affect positive change, he said.

As an example, he polled locals on their hopes, dreams and challenges.

During his talk at APL, their quotes were posted around the room, speaking on volunteerism, education and the need for “a greater focus on children and family relationships.”

Listening to others can help us to know our own communities, he said, which helps identify problems and how to solve them.

That’s done by, “engaging organizations and individuals to think about what’s possible if we decide to do something together,” said Nancy Vaughan, president of the United Way of Madison County. She said working with Harwood has helped make that happen locally.

“Over the past two years as we’ve been using the Harwood tools,” she said, “I have been amazed at the opportunities that have been unveiled, and am excited that we can share this inspirational work with everyone in Madison County.”

Find Baylee Pulliam on Facebook and on Twitter @BayleeNPulliam, or call 648-4250.

The United Way of Madison County places local volunteers in areas ranging from disaster relief, to mentoring, to animal care. For more information on how to volunteer, contact them at 643-7493, or go online to

Text Only
Local News
  • NWS - HB0420 - egg drop - 30.jpg Helicopter aids in Easter egg drop

    Four months of planning was gone in about one minute on the Lapel football field Saturday as The River Church held its third annual Easter egg drop. Church pastor Tyson Priest found out more than 22,000 plastic eggs don’t last long when hundreds of local children are racing to pick them up as quickly as possible. But he didn’t seem to mind.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0420 - Ellks - JC 2a Former Elks building being reborn Just months after it closed, the former Anderson Elks Lodge could be reopening as a banquet hall and catering service. The Anderson Plan Commission on Tuesday will consider a rezoning request from James D. Sargent and Nettie Cox to rezone the building from residential to industrial use.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0420 - Funderburk - 04 Man tries to restore father's tainted legacy When news broke earlier this month that the Anderson Dental Clinic had been shut down and several employees, including owner Sally Metzner, had been arrested, Mark Funderburk's main concern was the patients. "A lot of them kept going there because of my dad even after he passed away," he said. "And they didn't deserve this."

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wagons for Warriors asks for donations

    The Pendleton American Legion post is accepting donations for a project called Wagons for Warriors.

    April 19, 2014

  • Mounds State Park hosts birding weekend featuring live hawk Mounds State Park will go to the birds April 25-27 as the park hosts “Bird the Mounds.”

    April 19, 2014

  • NWS - HB0420 - FEMA Kokomo Flooding 03 FEMA’s disaster decisions frustrate state, local leaders FEMA denied the state’s request to declare a “major disaster” after tornadoes swept Indiana last November, despite millions of dollars in damages. The decision prompted protests from Indiana’s Congressional delegation, and it stoked growing frustrations with FEMA, especially in the Midwest.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • Tim Kean: Can we have a 'A New State of Mind?' I have recently read some great articles about people coming together to make a difference in the lives of children facing food insecurity. The collective effort of a group can provide some much-needed food to kids who may not have a meal when they return home from school or during the weekend.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPL - PT041014 - Ken de la Bastide column - Ken sig Ken de la Bastide: County may eliminate Data Processing Board

    Action two weeks ago by the Madison County Commissioners to close Data Processing Board meetings to the public might run afoul of the Indiana Open Door law, and a local resident is considering filing a complaint with the Public Access Counselor’s office for a determination.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arrest Log: April 20

    Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Friday and Saturday, based on Madison County Jail records.

    April 19, 2014

  • BIZ - HB0420 - Scott wise -TM Gaining an edge and spreading the word in 2014 Scott owner of Scotty’s Brewhouse with locations in Indianapolis, Muncie, Mishawaka and Bloomington, encourages business owners to interact with customers and use powerful tools such as Twitter, Facebook or even with a blog to their advantage.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

March Staff Photos

Buy and browse more photos from The Herald Bulletin

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Auto Industry Book
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide