Take a seat, make a friend

Stuck? Feeling hopeless? Unsure of your next step? For the almost two decades Idealist has been around, we’ve been asking you—our community—to tell us about the obstacles you face when trying to turn your good intentions into action. We’ve compiled a short list of the top-reported obstacles, and now we’re blogging about them one by one. This week, we present: people issues.

Feeling uncomfortable talking to strangers is a classic obstacle to action. In this delightful video, the folks at SoulPancake (the same media group responsible for Kid President) show us one way to make introductions fun and memorable.

Have you ever made a new connection from a totally random interaction like this? Tell us about it!

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Comments (2)


  1. julie guthrie writes:
    October 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Firstly, your topic sentence, “Feeling comfortable talking to strangers is a classic obstacle to action.”, should have read, “Feeling UNcomfortable…” My skills include proofreading/copyediting. Maybe you have a job for me? I’ve been with Idealist for many years(and been AN idealist).

    Further, these articles are right on and helpful, thanks.


  2. Chris writes:
    October 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Ok, ok. I mean, like, I’m all…wow! Hey, every good journalist knows ya gotta include the who, what, where and why., OK, what and why are covered. Who could be anyone :-), so where did this happen. It’s so…cool. They don’t even say anthing about it at youtube. OK, what’s goin on here. Is this a plot to…make friends, and maye even be happy? What an Original idea!


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