Ideas that Work | The Bell Policy Center

"Ideas that Work” is our new project designed to tell the stories of Coloradans who come together to tackle problems that can’t be solved by individuals alone.

All too often, we talk about what’s wrong and we don’t hear about the efforts to generate and implement solutions. The result is that many of us think that our problems just can’t be overcome. Too many Coloradans have lost faith in our ability to shape the future. Too many have lost faith in community institutions and public structure that we’ve historically relied upon on to move us ahead. As a research and advocacy organization, we think it’s our job to tell a different story, and that’s what “Ideas that Work” is all about.

Over the next six months we want to hear from you about the programs, initiatives, projects or organic efforts that are moving Coloradans ahead economically. Tell us about the projects happening in any sector – public, nonprofit, or private – that are helping Coloradans save for a secure future, afford quality early childhood education, make a better wage or age in their community. Tell us about the results you’re seeing. Tell us if you think this is a program where we can learn lessons and take ideas to scale. Submit your ideas by clicking here.

Below are some examples of Ideas that Work:


Aug 25, 2017
At the Bell, we’re always on the lookout for innovative solutions that foster two-generation strategies and address economic inequality. So, when we heard about the work being done at...
Apr 20, 2017
An older man called the Colorado Medicaid Nurse Advice Line. He wanted to talk about a rash on his body, but the experienced nurse who answered the call, Jennifer Hogestad, was having a difficult time understanding him. She asked the man if anyone else in his...
Mar 22, 2017
The 98-year-old woman stands inside her screen door waiting for visitors at the white brick Denver home where she has lived for nearly 60 years. Long braids give Lometa Gaskin a girlish look as a big smile spreads across her face. Two young women from the nearby Volunteers of America Colorado Branch...
Feb 22, 2017
Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute doesn't just grow businesses, it grows communities. 
Jan 31, 2017
Sunshine Home Share is a nonprofit that matches seniors with room in their homes to seniors who are looking for affordable housing and some supportive services.