National agenda


So here we are. Standing at the edge of tomorrow. The landscape of Armenia 2021 is scarred: a pandemic, a recession and a war have taken their toll on our nation.
Meanwhile, the plates of regional and international power are beginning to shift beneath us. The vision of Armenia 2020 by which we first began to chart our odyssey seems, in many ways, far off.
We have come to realise that gathering communities of engagement around anchor projects can help islands of excellence to emerge and generative ecosystems to develop. But it cannot embed the type of powerful change that national transformation requires. Transformative change needs large-scale interventions. It needs unconstrained momentum.
It needs broad-based collective mobilisation towards a common goal. Civic support and societal engagement are its backbone: that means input and action from government, civil society, policy makers and professionals from all walks of life, whether citizen or diaspora. It needs a vision that is owned by all because it has been codesigned from inception. The first step towards ownership of one’s future is recognising oneself as a Future Armenian. The Future Armenian is not a concept you need to be persuaded of. He or she is a fact.
Recognising yourself as a Future Armenian means taking ownership of both your identity and your future. But ownership without responsibility cannot be enjoyed.
It is time we stopped leaving responsibility for our destiny in the hands of others. Survivorship is a legacy left by those that came before us. But we must set our sights beyond it. It is our duty to both ourselves and our forebears to thrive in 2041. Such prosperity may go on to become our own survival legacy for our children and grandchildren.
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Dear Visitor,

We are glad you are interested in the activities of the IDeA Foundation.

On this platform, you can learn about two-decades long thought, passion, commitment and hard work — all in pursuit of a more prosperous Armenia. The road has been long and reflections many. But we managed to achieve to a point where our work has left its mark on the lives of millions of people and we are really proud of it.

Our accomplishments are the fruit of a collective effort by hundreds of thousands of promoters and volunteers, tens of thousands of donors and supporters, hundreds of colleagues and dozens of founding partners. Together, we have shown what wonderous things can be achieved when people strive for realization of a common goal.

Allow our family, who was lucky enough to witness these remarkable achievements from the beginning, to express our sincere gratitude to numerous wonderful, caring, purposeful people and organizations that made all these achievements possible. We have the honor to present their successes and express our gratitude to them.

We have tried to present the key landmarks of our journey to a brighter Armenia, to chart the lessons learned, and some of the new approaches and initiatives they have forged — the 700 projects over the last 20 years.

We hope that learning about these works will be as pleasant for you as it is for us to tell about them.

But, more importantly, we would like to see you among those Armenians who will continue this path together with us in the future.

If a single community of like-minded people working towards the realization of a common vision of the future can achieve such a result, imagine what kind of changes can be made if the efforts of the entire nation were directed towards creation. Together we can dream.

And, together, we can make our dreams come true.

Thank You,

Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend