What Connectors have in common

by April Greene on May 15, 2014

When you signed up to join the Idealist Network, you saw our What makes a Connector? list that explains some basic things all of us have in common. For example, Connectors:
  • Want to work in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect
  • Have a passion for connecting people, organizations, and resources
  • Are willing to be neutral

But we’ve started to notice that a lot of Connectors have other things in common, too. Looks like a lot of you…

Want to find kindred spirits:
“I first signed up because I feel lonely out here,” says Amanda in Fayetteville, Arkansas. “I want to meet more people who think like this.”

“I’ve been wishing to connect with other action-oriented folks,” says Steven in Seattle, Washington.

“I don’t want to be by myself doing good work. I want to be with everyone else doing good work,” says Ginny in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Are excited to help people take action on their own terms:
“Nowadays society doesn’t wait for the political people to act in their interest. Through Idealist, I see people confirming this phenomenon of ‘taking my life in my hands, because I can,’ ” says Diana in Bucharest, Romania.

“There are so many young people and so much energy as the city is growing and rejuvenating. It’s a good time to give people the tools to ensure it grows in a direction they envision,” says Karim in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“You have to be able to address the issues within your society with your own work plan and your own means, little by little impacting society. I think that’s what’s great about the Idealist Network. It enables you to do this,” says Ibrahim inKampala, Uganda.
Enjoy being there for others:
“I’m easy to talk to. I don’t get overly worked up over things. I’m a good co-conspirator. And I’m good at getting things moving, but I don’t like to steal people’s thunder,” says Adam in Bozeman, Montana.

“I don’t feel a need to lead on other people’s ideas/projects but I like assisting with implementation,” says Leonie in Brisbane, Australia.

“Connecting people is what I do and have done my entire life. I see the inherent value of connecting people and ideas,” says Ellee in San Francisco, California.
Connectors, do these characteristics resonate with you? What else have you noticed that you and your fellow Connectors have in common?

If you’d like to suggest a Connector to be profiled on Idealist, shoot us an email: idealistblog@idealist.org.

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