About Idea Platforms, Inc.

Idea Platforms, Inc. collaborates with individuals and organizations to develop non-fiction, idea-driven content, create the best expressions for it, and help establish a platform to take it public.

Team Photo Walden 3 pixel gray outside borderWe work with clients who have an idea, an accumulation of material, and a goal that typically involves creating some kind of cultural change — within their organization, community, or the society as a whole.

Our primary expression is the book, because it remains the most powerful, effective, and accepted form for delivering a big and different idea. We are known for a serious, yet popular style, animated by human narratives and characterized by a light touch.

The book, however, cannot stand alone. The content needs a platform of expressions and activities — including other forms of writing, speaking and events, emblems, practices, objects, and community-building — to bring it alive.

We work closely and collaboratively with our clients and also afford them access to our network of partners — including literary agents, publishers, social media and public relations experts, designers, and video creators — around the world.

We are members of the Authors Guild, the American Book Producers Association, Grub Street, and the Boston Athenaeum.


Since 1989, Idea Platforms, Inc. has collaborated with authors and partners in many fields of endeavor to develop books and idea platforms that bring content to a wide variety of audiences, further ideas, and build initiatives.

We have worked with consultancies including The Boston Consulting Group, Katzenbach Partners, CFAR, and TruePoint Partners; non-profit and educational institutions including Harvard Business School, The Rockefeller Foundation, Tufts University, Suffolk University, Ashridge Business School, and Orbis, a humanitarian organization dedicated to eradicating blindness worldwide; individual experts including psychologist Dr. William Pollack (McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School); professor and entrepreneur David Rose (MIT Media Lab); psychiatrist Dr. John Sharp (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Geffen School at UCLA); psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer (Lake Charles Memorial Hospital); and Dr. Ranjay Gulati, (Jaime and Josefina Chua Tiampo Professor at the Harvard Business School); executives including Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation; Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologies; Jeff Bussgang, principal at venture capital firm Flybridge Partners; Dave Balter, founder of BzzAgent, a social media company; Peter Worrell, managing director at M&A advisory firm Bigelow LLC, and Richard Schulze, founder and chairman of Best Buy, Inc.

We have worked with many major publishing houses, including Random House/Owl, Simon & Schuster/Scribner, Times Books/Henry Holt, Perseus/Public Affairs, Harvard Business Press, Crown Business, Harper Business, Penguin/Portfolio, Hachette/Business Plus, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, and AMACOM. Our books have appeared on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, the Economist, the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, and The Boston Globe, have been translated into twenty languages, and have sold more than a million copies worldwide.

Photos by Dana Smith and Carolyn Ross Photography.