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Solutions&Co is an initiative of Sparknews,
a social business which strengthens the impact of positive initiatives worldwide.

About Sparknews

Sparknews is a social business which identifies innovative projects that have a positive impact, and shares
them via its video platform www.sparknews.com, and with renowned media through international editorial
operations such as Impact Journalism Day (impactjournalismday.com).

Sparknews also works with corporations to help them innovate and co-create with social entrepreneurs. In
keeping with this ethos, Sparknews launched Solutions&Co, a media operation and business acceleration
initiative dedicated to solutions for climate.

Our vision

EDITO SOLUTIONS&CO

Business Newspapers Spotlight Entrepreneurial Solutions to Climate Change

Since the COP21, the world’s media are focused on climate change and its effects upon the planet. Most newspapers are reporting on the disasters to come. Very few write about potential solutions.

And yet—there are people on every continent coming up with ingenious ways to tackle environmental problems. In Mexico, for example, Scott Munguía is turning avocado pits into bioplastic, while in the UK, Sandra and Nick Sassow have invented a machine that produces energy from food waste at office buildings and hospitals. Seoul is encouraging its citizens to consume energy responsibly with a model that has inspired cities including New York.

Today, for the third edition of Solutions&Co, Les Echos joins Sparknews and more than 15 international business newspapers to bring you stories of more than 50 such pioneers. They might be engineers, designers, bureaucrats or entrepreneurs. What they all share is a talent for finding business-driven solutions to climate change issues.

Over the past three years, Sparknews has been developing what we call “impact journalism” with a global network of leading newspapers. We ask each newspaper to track down innovative projects close to home and then share these stories with the others. As a result, readers in Europe can take inspiration from African, Asian or American initiatives, and vice versa.

The media is essential in bringing these innovations to light and amplifying their impact. Companies can also serve as an important ally, which is why we are working with The B Team, an organization co-founded by Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz and comprising 19 business leaders including Paul Polman, Ratan Tata and Muhammad Yunus. They are committed to a “Plan B” for capitalism that combines profit, people and the planet.

Similarly, the energy producer TOTAL is a founding partner of Solutions&Co. While recognizing that its activities are part of the problem, the company hopes to play a role in the solution.

Finally, you—the reader—can participate in Solutions&Co and help turn the tide on climate change. Become an influencer, share a story of an innovative project that inspires you, or recommend business solutions that deserve to be featured in the next Solutions&Co supplement (#Ideas4Climate on Twitter). You can also send us your comments by email at contact@sparknews.com

We believe that positive change is underway. But it’s only by joining together that we can step up its pace and scale to create a better future.

Christian de Boisredon, Mathilde Imer and Clémentine Sassolas

Our Team

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Audrey Jacquet

Audrey Jacquet has joined Sparknews as Media Network Manager at the beginning of 2017. She has experience in both journalism and communication, having worked as a news producer for several news broadcasters, including the BBC for 6 years, and as a communication officer for an international platform promoting innovation in Education (the World Innovation Summit for Education). She relishes discussions about the media and its fast changing landscape.

Louis Slade-Caffarel

Louis joined Sparknews in March 2016. After working as a member of the content team for five months, identifying innovative projects from around the world, and writing articles for the Huffington Post and axa.com, he decided to launch his own initiative in the United States. The project, Impact Journalism Day Universities, will bring together student newspapers from across the country to highlight innovative students having a positive impact. Louis has previous experience working with NGOs in Cambodia and India, and a renewable energy company in Paris. Louis has studied development, sustainability, and social enterprise at New York University campuses in New York, Paris, and Florence, and Sciences Po, Paris.

Emma Stokking

Emma Stokking joined Sparknews in January 2016 to structure the sourcing activity, highlighting social innovations and boosting their impact. A zero-waste and triple-bottom-line enthusiast, Emma really enjoys working for high potential organizations that keep a startup spirit. Prior to joining Sparknews she developped the consulting activities of the social incubator EDM Entrepreneurs in the Philippines. Previous roles include fellow at Start Up!, a New Delhi-based social incubator and consulting firm, project coordinator at the Paris-based Agence Nouvelle des Solidarités Actives (ANSA) and research assistant for Demos, a think tank based in NYC. Emma holds a Masters in Management from ESSEC Business School, where she completed the social entrepreneurship major.

Julie Lenormant

Julie joins Sparknews in 2016. She manages Solutions & Co, the programme that brings together leading economic media, social entrepreneurs and the corporate world to strenghten the impact of innovative solutions to climate change. Before her life at Sparknews, she studied business strategy and worked in consultancies in sustainability such as Alteractive & Utopies in France. Now she is also in charge of implementing social & positive innovation within companies. #socialinnovation #media #business #sens

Agathe Duffour

Agathe joined Sparknews in 2016 to coordinate the Impact Journalism Day as a whole. Agathe graduated from Paris Dauphine University where she holds a degree in Economics and Management. Before joining Sparknews, she wished to experiment different kinds of organizations as a project manager: in a NGO in Argentina, in a communication and consulting CSR agency, and for SUEZ, working on innovation issues. She is now in charge of the relationship with corporate partners, of the coordination and development of the Impact Journalism Day.

Christian de Boisredon

Christian de Boisredon, (French) social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow, is the founder of Sparknews. Former strategy and change management consultant for BearingPoint (ex Arthur-Andersen), Christian founded Sparknews in 2012 with the conviction that sharing solutions to inspire people can scale change. In a previous experience he initiated “Le Libé des solutions”, the first solution-based editorial operation, which was a huge success. He regularly speaks at conferences either on Change Management, Leadership, or the Innovation Mindset. He is also co-author of the best seller “Hope Around the World” (ed. Pocket 2004), the story of the first world tour to meet social entrepreneurs.

Sandra de Bailliencourt

Sandra joined Sparknews in August 2015 as a managing director. Sandra has developed different kinds of entreprises for the last 15 years : in sports business (Head of Partnership for the French Team of the America’s Cup), event (managing director of an agency in south of France), digital (founder of Novedia Agency, free-lance manager for many digital businesses as Educlever in EdTech, Webedia in media, Skoda France). Inspired by the innovative format and the social engagment of Sparknews, Sandra is strengthening actual activity and building, with the team, new offers to increase again the impact of social innovation.

Clémentine Sassolas

Clémentine Sassolas (French) joined Sparknews in its early stages, developing the business in close relationship with Christian and contributing to his vision. She is now in charge of launching new projects such as Solutions&Co in collaboration with economic media and she coordinates Sparknews’ business development. She graduated from ESSEC Business School where she majored in Social Entrepreneurship and Urban Economics. Her previous experience led her to work in London, to study social innovation in India, and to be involved in development projects in El Salvador and Cambodia.

Camille Loiseau

Camille joined Sparknews almost a year ago in Business development. She holds a master in International management and has completed internships in the Netherlands and in Australia where she first got to know the concept of social entreprise. She also had the chance to travel in South India for a relatively long period of time. Camille now coordinates media partnerships on Solutions&Co.

Amy Serafin

Amy Serafin (American) is an editor-in-chief and journalist who has worked around the world in print, television, and radio for The New York Times, Fortune, Wallpaper, National Public Radio, and the Associated Press, among others. She also writes about humanitarian issues for organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Tess Abbott

Tess Abbott (English) holds a degree in European History and Politics from King’s College London, a programme which included one year’s study at Sciences-Po, Paris. She completed internships at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, Upstream Sustainability Services in London and as a Communications Assistant for a European Commission LIFE+ project in Brussels before returning to Paris. Since January 2015 she has worked closely with Amy Serafin on the editorial side of Impact Journalism Day and Solutions&Co; researching, writing and editing articles and liaising with journalists and project leaders.

Aubance Lamour

Aubance joined Sparknews in January 2016, to work as a Communications Manager. Passionate about the development of a new, more sustainable economy that has a positive impact, she wants to promote social and managerial innovation. She has previous experience in a management-consulting agency and she worked as a volunteer in a charity in Santiago, Chile during her academic exchange.

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