Propel your idea forward on Idealist!

You have an idea to make your community better. But you’re feeling overwhelmed, afraid, unsure, and more. Now what?

Idealist can help.

All you need to do is share your story with us: what you want to do and why, the challenges you’re facing, the help you’re seeking. We’ll post it on this blog for our extremely knowledgeable and friendly community to name resources, give advice, and perhaps most importantly, cheer you on.

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Sharing your idea with others can help it bloom. (Photo from Zaggy J via Flickr/Creative Commons.)

I know it can be scary to put your idea out there. But chances are, people will think it’s awesome too.  Don’t believe me?

  • Erica felt extremely motivated by all the positive enthusiasm she received, and is in the middle of writing a play that includes elements of her hospice work.
  • Shannon has several leads to collaborate with others who want to connect U.S. and Afghan youth, including a penpal organization in New Mexico.
  • Melanie learned more about theatre of the oppressed practitioners and organizations that might want to work with her in the Portland area, and the support from others has helped her gain momentum on her idea.

No matter what stage you’re at, a small push can go a long way. Let us help you take your next step.

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Do you have an idea that’s just starting to brew? If you’d like us to consider posting it as part of this series, email celeste [at] idealist [dot] org.

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Comments (5)


  1. Sumaiya Tufail writes:
    August 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Having fathers globally step up!


  2. Mary Bing writes:
    August 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I want to Teach English, American Psych medical terms/culture abroad. I have a Ba. in Psych, Masters in Family therapy, and 5+ years experience in my field. Natural teacher so I want to take the TEFL course, ($1600 challange) but need to reach out to be part of the world!!!! Would love tips on cities and/or countries. Thank you


  3. Seth Markowitz writes:
    August 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I want to create a socially and environmentally responsible beverage company that is a worker cooperative (is owned and democratically controlled by its workers) and donates 100% of its profits to charity, like Newman’s Own. I could greatly benefit from the wisdom of charitably-minded individuals with experience starting or running a similar business. More of my ideas can be found at sem1.blog.com. Thank you so much for any advice or assistance you might provide!


  4. Tamara writes:
    August 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I want to preserve the undeveloped lands surrounding Honolua Bay so that future generations can experience and enjoy what previous generations have come to treasure. Honolua’s northern side Lipoa point is being used by MLP as pensioner collateral because of poor business decisions and the company being bad at managing money. Maui Land & Pineapple specifically chose this land as pensioner collateral to divide our community. I hope the people of Maui, Lanai and Molokai as well as the rest of the world will stand up to corporate greed and preserve this unique piece of Hawaii that is significant spiritually, historically, archaeologically, environmentally, ecologically and recreationally.


  5. janet writes:
    September 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    i started a business last year but armed robber are really disturbing me at my present location, so, i need to relocate to another area. The question is this. Can i start the with the loan from my bank?


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