What Idealist founder Ami Dar learned from his mom

We recently learned of a Canadian holiday called Family Day, celebrated in many provinces on the third Monday in February. We second the notion that recognizing the importance of family is, well, important, and are pleased to pay homage this week to clans large and small, given and chosen, with Family Week on Idealists in Action.

Idealist founder Ami Dar is a pretty special guy.

Israeli-born and raised in Mexico, he backpacked through South America as a young man with an idea reverberating in his mind: what if there were a global network that could help connect people and organizations, so we could do more with all the resources we have?

As soon as the Internet was ready, Idealist was born.

Now, as we get ready to launch a new global network on March 11 (when you can see Ami for yourself in a live presentation he’s making to the world), we’d like to revisit a commencement speech he gave at the City University of New York a few years back.

Guess where a lot of his big ideas and values came from? His mama.

“My mom taught me a few important things through her words but mainly through example… Keep fighting, cut through all those fears, treat each other well, and never stop laughing.”

Here’s to all the mothers out there who are leading the world with persistence, love, and strength.

What did your mama teach you? Enlighten us in the comments.


Idealist Network Hits the Ground Running

Last week, we blogged about the launch of a new global network of Idealists:

…What we need, then, is a network, a movement, an ecosystem that will:

  • Make it easier for people and organizations to move from intentions to action.
  • Connect people, organizations, and resources in every possible way.
  • Find good ideas wherever they are, and distribute them as widely as possible.

In the past week, nearly 10,000 people from more than 150 countries have signed on to be a part of this. We’re pulling together a vibrant community of people who love to imagine things before they exist, and then make them happen. If that sounds like you…join us!

[This blog entry appeared on an older version of Idealist; any broken links are a result of having re-launched our site in Fall 2010.]