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

About Sparknews

Sparknews is a social enterprise dedicated to amplifying positive change by working at the crossroads of social and environmental innovation, news media and the corporate world. We source innovative initiatives that tackle some of the biggest issues our planet is facing to build impactful ecosystems and raise awareness on the UN global goals. We create content, programs and events around these initiatives and we connect entrepreneurs, media outlets, and companies to foster action, both in the business world and in civil society.

Our vision

Business Newspapers Spotlight Entrepreneurial Solutions to Climate Change

Since Paris Climate Agreement reached at COP21, the world’s media outlets have focused a lot of attention on climate change and its effects on the planet. While many newspapers are reporting on current and upcoming disasters, only a few actually write about potential solutions. 

Yet, ingenious individuals, cities, governments, visionary startups and companies are already developing efficient ways to tackle climate change.

Thanks to hydropower facilities and other renewable energy sources, Costa Rica has managed to produce nearly all its electricity for most of the year without fossil fuels.

A Californian company has made several hundreds of millions of USD in revenue by selling eco-designed clothing using only organic cotton, or chlorofibres.

In Kenya, a common nut has proven to be a valuable and scalable source of biofuel.

A Swiss aeronaut succeeded in flying 40,000 km around the world in a solar-powered airplane without using a drop of fuel. From Denmark to Colombia, industrial parks are turning into productive symbioses where the waste of one factory is used as a resource by another one, providing both efficiency and profit to all stakeholders.

Today, for the fourth edition of Solutions&Co, Les Echos joins Sparknews and more than 20 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.

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 Audrey Jacquet


Our Team

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Mathilde Imer

Mathilde joined Sparknews in 2017 as project manager on programs focused on environment, such as Solutions&Co. Prior to joining Sparknews, Mathilde was heavily involved in the area of climate change, founding youth climate movements such as CliMates and WARN and working in top French think-tank IDDRI. At the beginning of 2015, she followed this by going on to work for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, where she worked alongside Laurence Tubiana during the COP21. After the COP21, Mathilde headed to Latin America to discover democratic innovations that facilitate the transition towards a more ecological way of operating, in both the business and governance sector. At Sparknews, she is now in charge of diffusing innovative solution for climate in business media and companies’ culture.

Elaine Le Floch

Elaine joined Sparknews in 2017 to work as project manager on programs tailored to businesses, such as the « Positive Impact » campaign for Viva Technology. After graduating from Edhec Business School and a short period at a top communications agency, Elaine co-founded the NGO Gold of Bengal. This led her to move to Bangladesh for 18 months where she developed a social enterprise. Upon her return to France, Elaine created an online platform for collaborative research on low-tech projects and also piloted Nomades des Mers, a worldwide expedition by boat, during which she sailed around the world testing low-tech initiatives. Such experiences solidified in Elaine the need for hidden positive innovation to be revealed and shared with the world, this conviction naturally led her to Sparknews!

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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