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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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.

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

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.

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.

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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