Interested in travel, design, or video storytelling? Connect with your fellow Idealists!

You already know that you can come to to find an awesome job, volunteer opportunity, or internship, but did you know that you can also find some awesome people?

There are thousands of people working for social change on and they’re all right at your fingertips, ready to answer your questions, partner with you on a project, or help with an idea you’ve been developing.

In honor of Idealist’s North Carolina campaign, here are just a few of the many Idealists in NC who want to connect with you. Don’t forget that in order to view their full profiles, you need to have a profile too. It’s super easy to sign up.


Lauren JenningsAfter studying fashion design at Parsons, Lauren worked as an associate designer in New York City. Two and a half years later, she “took the plunge out of the corporate design world into the creative idealist world”. She moved back to North Carolina and decided to travel to all the places she wanted to see but didn’t think she’d have a chance to. By working on farms, she made it to Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Bali, and Qatar, recording her journey with photos and words. Now she’s back in North Carolina, working as a creative consultant for a fashion start-up out of Africa and as an interior design consultant for local businesses. If you’d like to talk travel, design, writing, photography, or plunge-taking, send Lauren a message!


Pete Bell

Pete, an Emmy-award-winning documentary producer, director, videographer, and editor, has also done quite a bit of traveling. He went to Central America to shoot travel videos for National Geographic Expeditions and to remote parts of Alaska to work on a documentary project. His most recent feature project was the award-winning documentary “High Sierra – A Journey on the John Muir Trail.” Pete currently works as a broadcast videographer and editor for the North Carolina Center for Public Television. You can see some of his work on his vimeo channel. Are you a fellow storyteller, multimedia magician, or someone who wants to collaborate to create, in Pete’s words, “life enhancing multimedia projects”? Well then, Pete’s your guy–get in touch!


Megan BerryMegan currently studies Exercise Science, Nutrition, and Spanish at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Apart from her academics, Megan’s also a student of the outdoors; she loves to be outside (whether running, hiking, or exploring), and she recently served as student coordinator for Earth Week at ASU. After graduating, Megan hopes to get her degree in occupational therapy and to travel the world working with special needs children. If you share Megan’s passion for the outdoors, health, or meeting people and sharing stories, send her a message–she’d love to hear from you!


Kiran Sirah

A man of many trades, Kiran has made a career of the arts, human rights, teaching, social justice, culture and religion . . . and more! He focuses primarily on building peace and developing community, addressing the barriers that often keep people from connecting with one another. He has established award winning national and international arts, cultural, and human rights programs in the UK, and has led other arts projects to battle poverty, gang violence, and modern-day slavery. Currently, Kiran resides in North Carolina as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, where his work revolves around the folklore of the homeless and ways to foster international communities. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Kiran if you want to connect over the arts/culture, social justice, public folklore, or how to create peaceful, multicultural societies.

Looking for more Idealists who want to connect and collaborate? Check out the previous installments of this series, and spiff up your profile to make sure people can find you on the site. Happy connecting!

If you don’t have one already, create a profile to offer your expertise to the community, and find people who can answer your questions. Sign up here and include information about your past work and what you’re looking to get involved in. When you’re done, send a link to your profile to, and you might see yourself on our blog!


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