ami dar

ami dar bw

[new york]

founder of idealist (1995).. (action without borders) with this launch mar 11 2014:

idealist session

Problem #1: There is a big gap between our intentions and actions 

Problem #2: Our problems are connected, but we are not — we might be online, yet don’t know our next door neighbors

characteristics of a connector:

1. big picture doesn’t scare you.. it enlivens you

2. want a narrative for every person

3. you bring no personal agenda

3 questions to get things going:

1. How can we make it easier for people to move from intentions to action?

2. How can we better connect people, organizations, and resources?

3. How can we push and pull good ideas in our community?


we need – more than a site for ideas.. a dating site..… because sites with ideas get too overwhelming…

true… but  not sure this isn’t just that idea on steroids? we need to set people free to play.. ie: rather than connecting people with ideas how to fix school… that we do this instead of school… we need a mechanism for that.. no? meaning… not everyone can play right now.. only those that can.

then question about funding..  using crowdfunding? again – that could sap us…


Ami shares his reflections a week or so after the first Imagine a Better meetings that happened all over the world February 5-11, 2007.

after today’s session (mar 11 2014) his question – where will we be mar 11 2015?


feb 2016 fb share:

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to talk to a conference for social and business entrepreneurs about the most important things I’ve learned since starting The first 10 minutes are about why and how I started the site, and then I talk (quickly) about people, boards, money, time, and focus. I hope you find some of this useful.

founded in 1996 – every country but n korea…


4 min – that gap between my intention and my ability to actually take action very much stayed with me..

lag time

9 min – how do you create something to connect people… bridging gap between intention and action every day

then web started.. and idealist started

knowing if your job/relationship is right… if not.. quit

14 min – the board is the only legal entity that can separate you from your dream


feb 2016 fb share:


If you are still with me, you know what I mean. Every day many of us would like to respond in some way to what’s happening around us, but for a variety of reasons we don’t. We may feel that we have no time, no resources, no power, or no impact. We may not know where to start, what to do, or who to work with. We may be afraid of failure, ridicule, meetings and committees, wasting our time, getting depressed…

This list could go on, but the point is that this challenge—or opportunity—is huge. Think how many times you’ve felt this way. Now multiply that by every person who’d recognize this feeling, and we are talking about millions of missed opportunities for action and collaboration every day.

So how do we close this gap? And how do we build a global movement based on these shared values?

a nother way

for (blank)’s sake


jan 1 2018


Imagine us — you, me, and everyone who wants to join us — doing whatever it takes to make it easier for people everywhere to move from intention to action.

Imagine using every available tool — from mobile apps to a bulletin board on a village tree — to match needs, ideas, and opportunities with people, organizations, and resources.

Imagine reading the news and having an “Act” button that would let us do something about what we’d just read.

imagine doing the intention to action thing everyday for 7 bn people.. making news/media/incentive . . all irrelevant..

i love your thinking here esp:

We can do all this, and we can do it now. We just need to start.

And to start, the first thing we need is to see each other. To see and to show that we are not alone; that across the street and around the world there are many others who want the same things we do.

but we can go beyond.. we have the means today for 7 bn to leap

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way


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