Chris Castro’s organization, IDEAS for Us, was recently recognized by former President Bill Clinton for its collective impacts since inception in 2008, and its engagement with the Clinton Global Initiative University in 2010.
Clinton cited the organization at the University of Central Florida’s 2013 graduation ceremony for its role as a change agent.
Chris co-founded Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions, a club at UCF, in 2008. After graduation, the organization became IDEAS for Us, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has grown into a United Nations Accredited NGO with a presence around the World in Africa, South America and Asia. IDEAS for Us has 10,000 followers, 25 chapters, and a presence in 15 countries.
Clinton’s words underlined the wisdom and efficacy of the philosophy of collective action, and change at the local level, held by IDEAS for Us. He spoke about the opportunity and responsibility all young people have before them in the 21st Century. He also said, “No matter how smart we are, how righteous we are, how close to the truth we are, we all do better when we work together, when we share prosperity, when we share responsibilities, when we share membership in the community.”
The video below is footage of his speech. At 22:40 seconds, Clinton introduces the movement by speaking about IDEAS UCF President and leader, DJ Chill Will, for his efforts at CGI U this past year, raising awareness about solar power and its creative capabilities. And we’ve also included a link to Chris’ 2012 TEDxOrlando presentation.