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Discover an inspiring #storyofchange: the story of Sparknews!
The story of Sparknews begins with the story of an individual. A person with an especially generous nature, a person who was convinced that a better world is possible, and that the media have a role to play in building this world.
1998

At the age of 24, accompanied by two friends, Christian embarked on a round-the-world tour, in search of positive change-makers. The experience sparked a bestseller, which was translated into several languages.

The media of the future are those that invite us to build the world of tomorrow, not to despair about the present

2003

Spurred on by this success, in 2003 Christian initiated and co-founded the association Reporters d’Espoirs (Reporters of Hope), and four years later he launched “Libé des solutions”, the first editorial operation dedicated to solutions, in the French daily newspaper Libération. This solutions edition unexpectedly generated the best sales of the year for the newspaper, leading Libération to successfully repeat the operation several times.

2012

In 2012, Christian decided to take the concept further, by bringing together media based all over the world to report on and share these positive subjects: he founded Sparknews and put all his energy into a crazy project he called Impact Journalism Day. Clémentine Sassolas, a young graduate from leading French business school Essec, quickly joined the adventure with the aim of developing this project, along with a few super-motivated interns. Their objective was to bring together more than 20 leading international media in order to publish, on the same day, a supplement dedicated to positive initiatives. Since then, Impact Journalism Day has vastly increased its impact and now unites an alliance of over 50 media worldwide.

2014

In 2014, Christian was named an Ashoka fellow; his endeavours and impact were recognised by this global network of social entrepreneurs. He regularly speaks at conferences in order to tell his story and show others that change is possible.

2015

In 2015, Sandra de Bailliencourt joined the management team, bringing her 15 years’ experience to Sparknews. She quickly made her expertise known; setting out on a recruitment drive, the creation of specialized teams within the company, the development of new programmes and the launch of corporate offerings for businesses.

To coincide with COP21, late 2015 saw the creation of Solutions&Co, a second major editorial programme with 20 prestigious business newspapers on board, focused on business solutions for climate. The team gained around ten passionate new recruits, enabling Sparknews to expand both its range of programmes and impact.

Tomorrow’s business will be responsible, or it won’t exist at all.

2016

In 2016, Sparknews developed a new branch of activities, adapting its expertise towards supporting the positive transformation of businesses, through the creation of a Positive Innovation Club. The Club’s mission? To inspire, foster and connect ‘responsible’ leaders, and give them the tools and means to inspire change within the companies they work at, and create businesses that are more inclusive and respectful of the planet.

2017

In 2017, Sparknews scales up!

The “Corporate” team gives regular support to over thirty major companies on these subjects, bringing together over one hundred business leaders every two months at its Club evenings in Paris. The team is now setting up Positive Innovation Clubs in New York, London and Hong Kong.

New topics are brought to the fore on the international media stage: sustainable cities, the empowerment of women, circular economy, a positive and preventative angle on healthcare, new models of organization for the creation of business with social value…

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To change the world, let’s start by changing the way we talk about it, and let’s highlight those initiatives that are having a positive impact on people and the planet, to renew our confidence and spur us into action.

Driven by this vision and the desire to write a new narrative, the Sparknews team is organized around 4 areas of expertise:

    • the “Social Innovation” team is constantly on the lookout for inspirational innovators in every corner of the world, and is passionate about finding and connecting with them. The team has developed an international network of actors in the social innovation field, who help to discover and collect data on these positive innovations. They also count on the support of various experts, who provide insight on the biggest global issues.
    • the “Media” team keeps updated and informed on changes and developments in the media worldwide and on the latest hot topics. The team coordinates and pilots our extensive network of international media, thanks to which we create the editorial programmes that bring to light solutions and positive initiatives.
    • the “Corporate” team offers specialized insight on the key concerns of businesses, whether regarding their organization, wider purpose and vision, or impact. The team analyses and identifies the needs of businesses in undergoing their positive transformation and advises them on the strategies best adapted to have a strong impact towards this goal.
    • the “Communications” team energetically seeks out the latest best practices on information outreach and engagement. They come up with creative devices, campaigns and tools for raising awareness among the widest audience possible.

These different types of expertise are carefully orchestrated and coordinated by enthusiastic and committed project leaders, who drive awareness-raising campaigns designed for the general public and for the business world.

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The SparkTeam
Christian de Boisredon Christian de Boisredon

Christian de Boisredon

Founder of Sparknews
Sandra de Baillencourt Sandra de Baillencourt

Sandra de Baillencourt

Managing Director
Clémentine Sassolas Clémentine Sassolas

Clémentine Sassolas

Awareness Campaigns Manager
Isabelle de MORAND Isabelle de MORAND

Isabelle de Morand

Corporate Offerings Manager
Emma Stokking Emma Stokking

Emma Stokking

Social Innovation Manager
Audrey Jacquet Audrey Jacquet

Audrey Jacquet

Media Manager
Aubance Lamour Aubance Lamour

Aubance Lamour

Communication Manager
Elaine Le Floch Elaine Le Floch

Elaine Le Floch

Research & Development Project Manager
Agathe Duffour Agathe Duffour

Agathe Duffour

Project Leader - Impact Journalism Day
Mathilde Imer Mathilde Imer

Mathilde Imer

Solutions&Co Project Leader
Elea Peticolas Elea Peticolas

Elea Peticolas

Project leader - Healthcare program
Arthur Biron Arthur Biron

Arthur Biron

Project Leader - Corporate Offerings
Gaspar Villard Gaspar Villard

Gaspar Villard

Project Leader - Corporate Offerings
Camille Loiseau Camille Loiseau

Camille Loiseau

Social Innovation Project Leader
Florian Mollard-Coulon Florian Mollard-Coulon

Florian Mollard-Coulon

Media Coordinator
Anissa Saudemont Anissa Saudemont

Anissa Saudemont

Media Coordinator
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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US
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Christian de Boisredon intervient comme speaker dans un de nos programmes phares pour les Dirigeants du Groupe Transformational Leadership. L'objectif de ce programme est d'accompagner les Dirigeants dans les Transformations qu'ils doivent initier/accompagner . Dans ce contexte l'intervention de Christian les inspire,les stimule et les motive en leur montrant que inspiration, créativité, passion, engagement et détermination peuvent accomplir de vrais transformations même avec des moyens parfois limités. Cela les aide également à changer leur regard sur le monde et son champ des possibles! Certains des participants l’ont sollicité par ailleurs pour leurs propres séminaires après l’avoir entendu à celui-ci. Je recommande donc très fortement Christian qui a un impact positif et très ressourçant.

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To fight pollution and climate change it is necessary to join forces. This concerns journalists, too. So we’re acting in a way, we can do best: explore and share information. Progress is a consequence of knowledge.

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Ce type d’initiative réunissant un panel international de quality papers économiques sur une thématique forte telle que le climat, ne peut qu’asseoir la crédibilité de nos marques. Elle ouvre par ailleurs le champ à une approche rédactionnelle multi-culturelle de l’actualité.

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Le quotidien économique Les Echos a décidé de participer à ce projet éditorial avec enthousiasme avant la Conférence de Paris sur le climat. Il s’agit de montrer que les solutions ne viendront pas seulement des engagements que les Etats prendront au mois de décembre, mais aussi des projets que les acteurs économiques porteront. Contrairement à ce que l’on pense souvent, les idées concrètes fourmillent pour limiter le réchauffement climatique et imaginer une croissance plus respectueuse de l’environnement.

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Partnering Solutions & Co gives Business Day Ghana the opportunity to connect with great leaders of large corporations and renowned media outlets.

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Magnifique expérience de partage de solutions qui font du bien. Le concept a pris totalement sa place au sein de la Rédaction de L'Economiste. Les noms de Sparknews, IJD et Solutions & Co circulent tellement bien chez nous que nous avons intégré ces opérations dans nos stratégies et présentation du Groupe. Merci à toute l'équipe pour cette belle aventure et nous changerons le monde ensemble!

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Working with Sparknews was a great experience. The stories from all over the world broadenend the horizons of our readers. They really appreciated all the input and ideas - and are looking forward to next years stories.

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An insightful experience that showed that communities around the world can be united by their problems and solutions to create a better world for us all.

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Fue una gran experiencia haber sido parte del IJD: en lo personal, tuve la suerte de hacerlo en 2016 a través de un artículo, luego en Ottawa con el seminario y ahora a través de la edición del suplemento impreso y el digital. Y especialmente se ve la trascendencia de este proyecto cuando nos envían la lista que refleja en qué cantidad de países ha sido publicada una nota que se hizo desde acá. Cómo un proyecto que se desarrolla en un determinado país --tal vez un proyecto pequeño incluso-- se puede volver una noticia positiva internacional y que puede despertar proyectos similares en otros lugares del mundo.

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We are very glad to be part of the IJD project, because it highlights and promotes one of the aspects that most of the media randomly misses – truly positive stories that can serve as an inspiration for improvement of quality of live and society as such.

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Impact Journalism Day is a significant initiative that could really help change the way we look at problems faced by millions of people. Through the partnership of different media organizations across the world, we amplify the stories of solutions that otherwise would be limited within their respective communities. IJD creates opportunities for existing solutions to be replicated and adopted in other places that face the same problems.

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Portée par la vision initiale de son fondateur Christian de Boisredon et par l’énergie de sa directrice générale Sandra de Bailliencourt, Sparknews est une formidable caisse de résonnance des innovations positives à travers le monde. Après le très beau succès de son évènement phare, l’International Journalism Day, Sparknews étend son modèle avec des offres spécifique aux grandes entreprises, et nous les accompagnons avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme dans ces évolutions.

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