The story of Ideas-Shared is a story of hope, struggle, persistence and ultimately, success.
It is even more amazing because the co-founders, Ivar Ingimarsson and Bob Thompson have different careers, backgrounds and live in two different countries, namely Iceland and England.
Both have a passion to inspire others to act for whatever purpose they find fulfilling. Here is their story.
“It was several years ago now, and I (Ivar) had a deep desire to create an ‘ideas’ website, but I literally had no idea how to proceed. I wasn’t a web developer; I was a sports person and I became very frustrated not knowing who to turn to or what to do. For months I pondered how I could take my idea forward and several times I nearly abandoned everything. I felt as if no one could help…”
One day, everything changed when it was least expected.
Ivar goes on to say “I remember it as if it was yesterday. I was standing outside of the Infant School my son went to, and for no apparent reason I started talking to one of the other parents. His name was Bob.”
Now unknown to both, their boys were in the same Class; and amazingly Bob had an interest in web development and business.
Bob goes on to say “I had no Idea who Ivar was, nor did I know that we had anything in common. That said, it wasn’t long after our first 10-minute chat in the street turned into an hour’s conversation and then everything fell into place. That was when we decided to build an ‘ideas’ platform. That was when we decided to create Ideas-Shared.”
It’s quite clear that their experiences shaped their thinking hugely, and that they spent literally hours upon hours discussing how to turn their goal of creating an ideas website into reality. But that wasn’t all…
Bob goes on to say, “We wanted to ensure our ‘ideas website’ inspired others to take action regardless of the goals our future members wanted to pursue. Over time we distilled this down to developing ideas and converting all manner of thought into value and benefit.”
Ideas-Shared was designed for individuals to sign up as themselves and then pursue specific activity across the spectrum of society, to benefit themselves or to benefit specific schools, clubs, communities, churches, businesses, the environment or entire markets right across the World.
“We debated whether to keep our platform solely for ‘ideas’ or to widen it out to help people turn a wider array of thoughts into value and benefit. We discussed how problems could be solved, solutions offered, frustrations vented and more” said Bob. He continues, “we persevered and after hundreds of hours of work we ended up with the Platform you see today. We made it.”
They did it so anyone could benefit personally, they did it for communities throughout the globe; also, for clubs, churches, charities and business too. They did it so anyone could take an idea or a thought and turn it into something of value and benefit.
Both believe that when one identifies their own ideas and thoughts and ask for specific help needed to progress; one opens themselves up to be helped by anyone. This is the power of human to human relationships.
Ivar has the final word, “For us, it’s been a long journey, but it’s been worth it and now that Ideas-Shared is live, we hope our story inspires you to take whatever action you find fulfilling.”
So, there it is, the story of Ideas-Shared so far, but it isn’t the end. The next Chapter will be written by the many people who are inspired to use this amazing platform to benefit all they care for.
Click here if you’d like to be part of our story.