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Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mar 25, 2015

You know those brisk fall nights when you’re camping in the woods with family or friends, and you burrow into your sleeping bag but just can’t seem to get warm enough no matter what you do?   Could you imagine feeling that way every single night?   Ashleyann Burnett had this very thought one day […]

Mar 16, 2015

  “Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.”   So said Chuang Tzu, preeminent Taoist thinker, some 25 hundred years ago. Nonetheless, there is a whole industry catering to people who approach happiness as something to be hunted down in self-help books, courses, new age practices, and life coaches. Via  On the opposite […]

Mar 13, 2015

Which area of focus did you get? Did you enjoy this quiz? Let us know in the comments!

Feb 21, 2015

Many of us feel the need to take concrete action, with the hope that our children may have a better place to live in. However, without contemplating the deeper reasons for our problems, activism can become a Sisyphean task – acting repeatedly, without making any real change. Wangari Maathai, the late Kenyan Nobel prize winner, […]

Feb 20, 2015

An unfortunate truth about law school is that it can be a real downer. It’s expensive, demanding, and remarkably difficult. As a second year law student, I have spent the past two years watching most of my friends go through profound personal changes, often observing people I love spiral into cynical patterns of thought. I […]

Feb 19, 2015

Would you and your community benefit from a crowd sourced living room?   The Pop Up Space is literally just an empty room in the city of Malmö, Sweden where residents of the local communities are able to drop in and vote for what they’d like to see the room become. At the end of the […]

Feb 28, 2014

On Idealists in Action, we love to tackle your biggest obstacles to doing good. One we hear a lot is, “I don’t have the skills or knowledge to start something.” This week, we’re taking that behemoth down. — Raising money for a personal project is seldom a walk in the park. But with corporate social […]

Feb 27, 2014

Lack the skills or knowledge? Don't despair—your confidence can still get you there.