A hunch is an inkling, a sneaking suspicion about the future. It’s that thought you’ve been turning over in your mind, or that thing you saw while in line at the grocery store that made you say “huh.”
When we share our hunches with others, amazing things can happen. They can evolve and get stronger as they are shaped by new information and input from others. Once a hunch is shared, it can collide with the hunches of others to spark new insights and ideas. Learn more: Why Sharing Hunches Is Critical For You And Your Organization
Frequently Asked Questions
Our Pioneer team is always on the lookout for cutting edge ideas that could help achieve health equity and build a Culture of Health. But we know that good ideas and profound insights most often start as inklings or hunches about something new or different or interesting. Inspired by Steven Johnson’s theory of where good ideas come from, we created this site to provide a space where anyone, anywhere can share their hunch, giving it the freedom to grow stronger, and one day maybe even become a world-changing idea.
Plainly put, setting your hunches free might be the best way they can make a difference. Some may fade and disappear, while others will change shape and grow stronger. They may collide with other hunches, or ride around for a while in someone else's mind before emerging as pioneering ideas to build a Culture of Health.
Rarely do ideas pop fully formed into our heads. Instead ideas emerge over time, often starting out as hunches about something that’s grabbed your interest, or something new or different. While an idea can be acted on -- built, created, executed -- a hunch more often needs to ferment, connect with other hunches. A hunch is the start of an idea.
Once submitted, your hunch will appear on our site (unless, of course, it violates our terms and conditions found here). We’ll be checking the site regularly to include hunches we find here in “slow hunch jams” with our teammates at RWJF and with innovative thinkers around the country. Slow hunch jams are one tool we use to explore emerging trends and think about cutting edge ideas that could help us build a Culture of Health.
We look at all the hunches as they come in. We often include hunches from this site in “slow hunch jams” with our teammates at RWJF and with innovative thinkers around the country. We may reach out to invite you to join a hunch jam, or to let you know if your hunch inspired our thinking.
Yes! We encourage you to share other people’s hunches--to get them out in the wild where they can collide with other hunches. We’ve tried to make that easy with social share buttons, but you can also rely on good old-fashioned cut and paste.
Using the stack function, you can select up to 20 hunches to appear side-by-side on a page. Just click the icon at the bottom of a hunch to “add to your stack.” Have fun with it! Choose hunches all on one topic, or hunches that contradict each other, or a random selection--and see if your stack of hunches inspires a new hunch. You can create as many hunch stacks as you’d like -- but remember, you can’t save your stack to come back to later--it will only be available during your current website session.
We’re so glad your hunches collided! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us what hunch you’re interested in, and we’ll see if the author wants to get in touch.
You must submit a valid email address to use the Site and the email address must be your email address. We will use your email address to notify you that your hunch has been received and when your hunch is live on the site. Additionally, we may reach out to you to discuss your hunch or or to or tell you about other work we (or our partners) are involved with that we think might be of interest to you.
We’re happy to take care of that for you. Send your hunch and the email address you used to submit the hunch to email@example.com and we’ll make it disappear.
We occasionally host in-person or virtual slow hunch jams focused on a certain topic. When we do, we sometimes use this site to gather those hunches in a hunch room. Hunches that appear in a specific hunch room also appear on the home page and all hunches page. You are welcome to explore our hunch rooms -- and free to pursue those hunches!
Share your hunch.
Share your hunch by choosing a prompt and completing the phrase below.
Thank you for submitting your hunch!
We will email you when your hunch is live on this site.
If you have any questions, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms and Conditions
Shareyourhunch.org is a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We are a national philanthropy working to help raise the health of everyone in the United States to the level that a great nation deserves, by placing well-being at the center of every aspect of life.
You understand that, before a hunch is posted on the Site, the Foundation (and/or its designee) will review your submission. The Foundation reserves the right not to post any hunch for any reason.
You understand that, if you submit a hunch and it is posted on the Site, your hunch will be public and can be shared (including the automatic attribution of your Twitter handle, if provided) and used freely by anyone visiting the Site, including the Foundation. You cannot (and will not) claim ownership of a hunch, so if you don’t want it to be public or don’t want others to use it, don’t submit it.
You won’t submit anything to the Site that infringes the intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. By submitting a hunch to the Site, you are representing to the Foundation that it does not infringe any other person’s or entity’s rights.
You won’t submit anything on the Site that expresses views on any candidate for public office or political party or pending or proposed legislation– whether at the federal, state, or local level.
You won’t submit anything on the Site that is derogatory, hateful, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate, and you understand that the decision of whether something you submit is derogatory, hateful, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate is one we will make in our sole discretion.
You won’t include links to other websites in your submission.
You understand that you must submit a valid email address to use the Site and that the email address must be your email address. By submitting your email address, you are agreeing that we may reach out to you to discuss your hunch or tell you about other work we (or our partners) are involved with that we think might be of interest to you.
You affirm that you are either 18 years of age or older, or if you are younger than 18, that you have the permission of a parent or legal guardian to accept the terms of this User Agreement.
You understand that we can and may change the terms of this User Agreement and/or modify the features of the Site at any time. Any changes to the terms of the User Agreement will be posted on the Site. By accessing the Site after modifications to this User Agreement have been posted, you agree you are bound by all the modified terms.
You agree that your submission of a hunch signifies that you have agreed to, and complied with, all the terms and conditions set forth in this User Agreement as well as in the policies to which it links.
The effective date of this version of the User Agreement is September 30, 2020.