Spark-events

 

 

 

In addition to putting videos online and establishing links between people and projects via its internet platform, Sparknews organizes conferences to promote deeper, more tangible interaction between these actors for change.

 

Sparknews & Convergences 2015: "Can the media change the world?"

September 19, 2012, Palais Brongniart Paris

With a prestigious panel composed with Rahul Kansal, executive president Times Group, Didier Pourquery, deputy director to the editors of Le Monde and Monique Villa, president of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 

 

What role do the media play in the information flow? Can the media bring sense and solutions?  What message for what impact on society? The media now play a crucial role: they bring awareness and spark innovation. Social media increasingly serve as a catalyst for collaborative information. 

 

A challenging issue which was addressed on Wednesday 19th September evening, to our contributing experts throughout the event orchestrated by SparkNews under the Convergences2015 Forum.
 

 

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who actively took part, participated and contributed to “Can the media change the world?”. A warm thank you!

 

Sparknews launching in front of 400 editors in chief

May 31, 2012, Paris City Hall

Sparknews was launched during an amazing event in Paris City Hall, the News World Summit and in front of 400 editors in chief from all around the world. Here is the Sparknews presentation videoclip that was shown during the event, and a quick overview of the evening.

 

January 26, 2012, ESCP Paris

The concept is simple: a social entrepreneur and the journalist(s), French or foreign, who covered their story, come together. The report is screened, and the participants recount and share their process, their vision and their work. This encounter with the public, in creating true synergy, will hopefully inspire others to reproduce their initiatives in other locations.

For this second edition, Sparknews mobilized a public of more than 400 people around a fascinating and inspiring social entrepreneurship project: Better World Books. In addition to the founder, Chris Fuchs, many media personalities who reported on this original initiative were present: Claire Leproust, Associate Director of CAPA productions, reporter Steeve Baumann, Christine Cauquelin, director of documentaries for Canal + and Ben Tinker, senior producer at CNN.

Watch the report on Canal+, the program Change the World

Watch the report on CNN

Chris Fuchs, cofounder of Better World Books: A student project becomes a social, commercial, and ecological phenomenon

Xavier Helgesen and Christopher Fuchs were college students when they learned that in the USA alone, two million tons of books are thrown away every year. They started placing cardboard boxes around campus to collect books, selling some on the internet and sending the others to Africa. Eight years later, Better World Books has a turnover of 50 million dollars, and has donated 10 million dollars to educational projects in the US and the developing world. Their project has a social, economic and environmental impact: they have prevented the incineration of 60 million books.

... and people of the media

Claire Leproust, Associate Director of CAPA Productions. In 2010, Claire Leproust created a French documentary series about social entrepreneurs entitled “Changer le Monder” (“Changing the World”).

Steeve Baumann, acclaimed reporter, was the director.

Christine Cauquelin, director of documentaries at Canal+, will finance and diffuse all of these reports on Canal+ as part of the program World in progress.

As a reporter at CNN, Ben Tinker was the first to recount the adventure of BWB on television (CNN). He is currently a senior producer at CNN.

 

October 18, 2011, CCIP of Paris

The concept is simple: a social entrepreneur and the journalist(s), French or foreign, who covered their story, come together. The report is screened, and the participants recount and share their process, their vision and their work. This encounter with the public, in creating true synergy, will hopefully inspire others to reproduce their initiatives in other locations.

Last October, we had the good fortune to welcome, alongside Catherine Berthillier (acclaimed investigative reporter and founder of Shamengo), two social entrepreneurs for the first time in France. Dr. Pathak, known as the “Yunus of Toilets” (see excerpt) and Rainer Nolvak, founder of Clean Up Day (see report). 

Dr Pathak, Sulabh

This inspiring social entrepreneur conceived of and installed several million toilets for the poor people if India. His innovations even allow water to be recycled and fecal matter to be transformed into biogas for energy.

In India, excrement is cleaned by untouchables, relegated to performing this unpleasant and unsanitary task with their bare hands.

Dr. Pathak struggles not only for improved sanitation, but also for human dignity. For instance, he trains young “untouchable” girls to become estheticians. Not without humor, he has even created a toilet museum!

Rainer Nolvak, Clean-up day           

The concept: work together with the population to clean up illegal trash from an entire country in one day. In Estonia, he mobilized 50,000 volunteers (4% of the population) to clean up the country’s garbage (10,0000 tons) in one day. Since then, he has mobilized more than 2 million people in different countries.

He is repeating the challenge this year with a world cleanup starting March 24, 2012, mobilizing millions of people in over 85 countries around the world.