History of the Idealist Community podcasts
Back in 2007, what was then our Community Outreach team had a meeting in a small room in our NYC office. Determined to help spread ideas that were making an impact, however small, we brainstormed ways we could highlight all the awesome work our community was doing. What emerged from that meeting was the idea of toying with a media tool we had never played with before: podcasts.
Four years, three recorders, two interns, and one Garageband installation later, we can now proudly look back at all the stories we covered and everything we learned. We're indebted to, not to mention humbled by, all of the incredibly innovative and inspiring people we met along the way.
What's listed below are highlights from our podcasting years of 2007-2011. We hope their stories inspire you to tell everyone you know, take action, or even create a copycat project or two. Thanks for listening.
We may have stopped producing Community podcasts, but we haven't stopped spreading good ideas. Check out our homepage blog for innovative solutions, successfully replicated ideas, and more.
Highlights among past shows
A theatre in Buenos Aires where both blind and seeing actors perform in complete darkness.
El primer y único teatro donde ambos, artistas videntes e no videntes, actúan totalmente sin luz.
A radio station hosted at a mental hospital in Buenos Aires gives patients an innovative form of public therapy.
A twenty minute window into the dreams, goals and stories of preservation and ambition, and shared hopes and ideals of girls and women today.
A portrait of a "canner" named Eugene "King of the Can's" Gadsen and the work that he and his colleagues are doing to improve their communities.
The ins and outs of Brooklyn's newest community-supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
The story of a NYC-based nonprofit that seeks to bring back an old means of cultural understanding through performing music in venues around the world.
A look at how an organization is working to bring the Internet to all New Yorkers inside, and outside, their apartments.
An intimate glance at this one-day event in which temporary classrooms are set up across the city, and regular people share their skills and knowledge with neighbors.
Debunking the mysteries of Ubuntu, a computer operating system that is bringing communities together, changing technological development, and causing a ruckus.
A tuxedo-clad duo who traveled from Hong Kong to London raising money for local causes they encountered along the way.
The story of two entrepreneurs who noticed a need in a Bronx community and decided to do something about it.