First Idea has worked with:

  • The American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Partnership of the Historic Bostons, Inc.
  • Harvard Business School
  • EMC Corporation
  • Amgen
  • Scholastic Inc.
  • The Dilenschneider Group, Inc.
  • The Travis Manion Foundation
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Syncplicity, Inc. file share services
  • Broadridge investor communications
  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Grolier Publishing Company
  • Dennis Publishing LTD
  • and more.

Select Projects and Publications

DaedalusWi2019_Cover_for website: “Access to Justice.” The Winter 2019 issue is a multidisciplinary examination of the crisis in legal services, from the challenges of providing quality legal assistance to more people, to the social and economic costs of an often unresponsive legal system, to the opportunities for improvement offered by new technologies. First Idea oversaw the preparation, publication, and distribution of this important volume, including public relations and outreach.

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America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century America’s Languages is the final report of the Commission on Language Learning, responding to request from a bipartisan group of members of Congress. First Idea helped to manage every aspect of the project, from fundraising and report writing to government and PR strategies.

CFUE-CoverThe Future of Undergraduate Education The final report of the Commission on Undergraduate Education offers recommendations to improve the quality of student learning, increase college completion rates, and ensure that all students have access to an affordable postsecondary education. First Idea drafted individual chapters and edited the entire document for clarity, consistency of voice, and effective reasoning.

Heart-of-the-Matter-2The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation The Heart of the Matter is the final report of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, responding to a bipartisan request from members of Congress. John Tessitore, principal of First Idea, helped to manage every aspect of the project, from fundraising and report writing to government and PR strategies.

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Recommitting to Lincoln’s Vision: An Educational Compact for the 21st Century Public Research Universities: Recommitting to Lincoln’s Vision is the final publication of The Lincoln Project, which seeks to preserve public research universities as centers of learning, culture, research, and entrepreneurship. First Idea helped to manage every aspect of the project, from fundraising and report writing to government and PR strategies.

Heart-Around-CountryThe Heart of the Matter Around the Country The Heart of the Matter Around the Country is a record of the public initiatives and impact inspired by the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. It chronicles events and activities in dozens of states as well as legislative responses. John Tessitore, principal of First Idea, organized and managed all of the Commission’s outreach.

61S95-WkxvL._SX375_BO1,204,203,200_One Hundred Young Americans John Tessitore, principal of First Idea, worked with HarperCollins Publishers and photographer and Emmy-winning director Michael Franzini to craft moving and engaging stories to accompany Franzini’s portraits of one hundred American teenagers. Publisher’s Weekly called the book “funny, heartbreaking, inspirational and illuminating.”

ali-e1489447390978.pngMuhammad Ali: The World’s Champion The World’s Champion was selected by the New York Public Library for their “Books for the Teen Age” list and by Booklist as one of the year’s Top 10 Youth Sports Books. It is one of several books written or edited by John Tessitore, principal of First Idea.