Inspired by a good idea recently? Tell us about it.

Girls Rock Camp is one of the awesome, replicable ideas we’ve profiled. I can’t wait until Hattie performs with them someday. (Photo via Flickr user emilyaugust)

In the beginning of November I gave birth to my daughter Hattie. For the past three months, I’ve been knee deep in miniature clothing, parenting blogs, and really, really bad TV that helps me get through those long nights.

Now I’m back at Idealist. And while I miss talking in a high-pitched voice on a daily basis, I’m excited to again have adult conversations, think about social innovation, and revive the Idea File.

From our first Idea File post in April 2010:

At Idealist, we believe the world is full of good ideas that don’t spread quickly enough. The Idea File is a new feature where we’ll give quick glimpses of ideas that seem fun, powerful, and potentially replicable — plus some things you might want to consider if you decide to take on a similar project.

I’ve missed you, dear Idealists, and all of your good ideas that make this world we live in better. After all, it’s ideas like Question Box and Failfaire and Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls that will impact Hattie as she grows up.

So tell me: What ideas of late have inspired you to Facebook, tweet, pin to Pinterest, tell everyone you know about them, and more? We’d love to help spread them on our blog.

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Comments (8)

  1. Meg Anderson writes:
    March 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I cannot believe you exist. My sociology teacher in high school shook his head at me after I made an impassioned suggestion about how things could improve in a certain area of social justice… and he shook his head at me and said, “I love when you idealists grow up. ” well… me too! Especially when I can meet other ones. Sign me up. I have more ideas than I can hold in my brain every day. xoxo – Meg

  2. Idealist writes:
    March 8, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Meg, we are so glad you’re here. And we’d love to hear more about your story and goals and ideas!

  3. Margaret Bikingi writes:
    March 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

    The great experience of parenting is fascinating,especially watching the growth of the
    little one.May you have all the joys of motherhood.

  4. Margaret Bikingi writes:
    March 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Every day I sit at my computer and check for volunteers who are interested
    in education.I have clicked to connect with many and none seem to follow up their
    notifications.Hi there,if you did send me a notification,please I am a real person you are dealing with RESPOND

  5. Idealist writes:
    March 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Margaret, have you posted your organization and specific volunteer opportunities on the site? This might help people to better understand what they would be signing up for. Let us know if you need help with this. It’s all free and we’re happy to help.

  6. Celeste Hamilton Dennis writes:
    March 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Meg – we’re going to be developing a web feature soon that will allow you to list your ideas for projects, and find resources and people to help.

    In the meantime, I’ll be highlighting ideas from our community. (See this blog post:

    Would love to hear yours! Please email me at

  7. Hannah writes:
    March 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I love this Goodnik in Residence program that I learned about recently on LinkedIn:

    The idea is to sponsor social enterprise startups by paying for them to be a part of coworking spaces. The program is in NYC only, but I think it could be replicated elsewhere.

    Anything that helps social entrepreneurs get the work done better is good by me!

  8. Julia S. writes:
    March 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

    What about replacing a gift or party favor (for kids or adults) with these dice? My coworker Elena just told me about them. They come in three designs – Kindness, Wellness, and Eco:

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