Our History


IDEAS began as a community development organization in 1975. In 1977, Carter Garber launched our U.S. periodical, “Southern Communities,” and served as its editor for a decade. For 25 years, the publication provided information services to those involved in grassroots development. In 1982, Carter and other leaders incorporated the efforts as a U.S. tax-exempt non-profit, called Southern Neighborhoods Network, Inc. We expanded our outreach to Latin America in 1986 by bringing similar services to countries throughout the region. Since then our global reach has continued to expand to Africa and Asia. Now conducting business under the name of IDEAS, we continue to focus on the same purpose and services for which we were founded: providing training, technical assistance services, periodicals, and information to community economic development efforts in developing communities. Please see Consulting Services for more information.