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I've been on a quest to find a word that I knew, but eventually forgot. It's not a common word. I remember I liked its aesthetics. I searched synonyms for all words I could think of, and I still can't find it. These synonyms would include facilitator, conductor.

Consider this example:

Someone had an idea, and I wanted to (act as/serve as/be) a * to that idea.

Meaning that I want to facilitate it/allow it to happen/help it come to life. Almost as if I'm serving as an open doorway to that idea. I seem to remember associating that word with energy conductivity.

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I think this is General Reference rather than Not Constructive. You've already said you want to facilitate it. Obviously you want to act as a facilitator. Strictly speaking, an "idea" is normally realised, not facilitated, but not many people would use act as a realiser –  FumbleFingers Jun 14 '13 at 1:34
Are you thinking of "conduit"? –  MετάEd Jun 14 '13 at 1:54
@MετάEd How would you suggest conduit which is not a 'facilitator/ catalyst'? Conduit even has negative connotations. –  Kris Jun 14 '13 at 6:12

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You could be a catalyst for the idea, a term that comes from chemistry meaning (according to MWD)

1 : a substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions (as at a lower temperature) than otherwise possible

2 : an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action

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Thank you so much. I love that word, and for some reason it just vanished from my brain a long time ago. –  Smig Jun 14 '13 at 1:31

Perhaps the word you are looking for is 'expeditor', or expediter.

According to the Wikipedia article,

An expeditor is someone who facilitates a process. It is a position or role found within project management, construction, purchasing and production control.

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The word that occurs to me is advocate.

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If you wanted to emphasize your enthusiasm you could champion that idea

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