NBN Academy: Upcoming Events

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Registration opens January 1st!


Norfolk's Department of Neighborhood Services welcomes Rich Harwood to kickoff our 2023 theme:  Ignite 2023!  Spark Community Change.   Mr. Harwood has a track record around the world of inspiring small groups of change agents to produce major shifts in the civic culture of communities.  

The evening will feature socializing and networking with heavy hors d'oeuvres followed by a community conversation with Mr.  HarwoodRich Harwood Picture

At age 27, Rich founded The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.  Over the past 30 years, Mr. Harwood has developed a philosophy and a practice by which people can learn to solve common problems, create a culture of shared responsibility, and deepen Civic Faith.  The Harwood practice of Turning Outward has spread to all 50 U.S. States and 40 countries around the world.

An inspiring and sought-after speaker, Mr. Harwood regularly keynotes major conferences and events. Rich has authored scores of articles and reports, and regularly appears on national media including NPR, MSNBC’S Meet the Press Daily, CNN, PBS NewsHour and C-SPAN. He has written six books, including the Amazon bestseller, Stepping Forward, and the newly released, Unleashed: A Proven Way Communities Can Spread Change and Make Hope Real for All

The event will be held on the 6th floor the amazing Slover Library overlooking Norfolk's skyline.  Parking is available in the City's Main Street Garage at 113 Atlantic Avenue.

Community Placemaking 

Learn about placemaking from Neighborhood Services, Public Art, and Public Works.  Information and assistance will also be available for civic leagues using Block-By-Block Neighborhood Pride Grants.

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Neighborhood Leadership Cohort

Join us for the second Neighborhood Leadership Cohort.  Click on the graphic for more information.  This three-session cohort is especially good for new and upcoming civic league board members.

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Ignite Speaker Series Flyer and registration link