Can Idealism become Reality?

On March 11, thousands of people across the world tuned in, turned on, and pledged to not drop out (you can do the same here).

Ami Dar, the founder and executive director of Idealist (beloved job search engine of 20-somethings everywhere) launched a new, ambitious network on Tuesday - one that aims to help people everywhere connect and take action on any issue that concerns them, locally or globally, online and in person. Just as the creation of Idealist was driven by the desire to help organizations and individuals better connect with each other, this network was borne from a frustration all too common to many of us: you want to do something to help, but you don't know how. That something could be creating a community garden, instituting recycling in your building, organizing a global rally against hunger, or honing in on an idea you haven't quite figured out yet.

Will the idea take off? That's up to the people who use it. But at a minimum, the coordinators of the network have pledged to help develop standardized plans and guides for popular projects. For instance, if you're interested in growing a community garden, you can access (free of charge) a guide on how to do so, what typical problems are ,and important things to think about.

It's easy to join - you can do so here, and more importantly, it's exciting to join. Because the flip side of feeling frustrated at not knowing how to move forward is the excitement, relief, and yes, sometimes even joy, at finding others who feel the same way, who are ready to join.