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The Paris Innovation Club makes its comeback

The fall will set the return of the Positive Innovation Club, around the world. The Parisian event on September 12th was a great start with a debate on the power held by consumers. Furthermore, six project leaders pitched exciting initiatives.

Fall will mark the return of the Positive Innovation Club, around the world. The Parisian event on September 12th was a great start. It hosted a debate about the power held by consumers. Furthermore, six project leaders pitched exciting initiatives.

Every two months, some committed actors involved in the positive transformation of major companies join us to discover impactful projects.
These events give birth to new ideas to work on together. From inspiration and enriching experience sharing.

Mathilde Imer, in charge of Solutions and Co -Sparknews’editorial program on climate change-, inaugurated the evening emphasizing the emergency of global warming.

“We have two years left to invert to the global warming curve. No State can make it alone. We need citizens and corporations”, she stated amid Global Climate Marches.

Nicolas Chabanne, CEO of sustainable dairy company C’est qui le patron, debated with author Sébastien Groyer. Both agreed that consumers held great power as they choose what to buy. Therefore what business model they support.

“The daily impact of buying my groceries is much more potent than that of my ballot paper every five years,” Mr. Chabanne remarked.

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Nicolas Chabanne et Sébastien Groyer © Marie Julien-Laferrière

A string of inspiring projects

The pitching session exposed the audience to a series of inspiring initiatives.

Ever dreamt of working as a humanitarian? To perform an internship in the field of renewable energieseven – if only for a day per month or per week? It’s now possible.

Félix de Monts pitched Vendredi, a system allowing companies to share their interns and employees with external organizations (often nonprofit ones).

Professionals can dedicate a few days to good causes, on a timespan agreed between them, their company, the receiving organization, and Vendredi. This way, nonprofit organizations receive qualified professional help and companies can benefit from fiscal advantages.

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Cassandra Delage pitche Plast'If. © Marie Julien-Laferrière

Plast’If’s machine has already been placed in some town halls. Next step? Plast’If wants to be present in companies to change people’s behavior about recycling.

The filaments can be used to create items such as prosthesis and Plat’If often gives them to nonprofit organizations.

Plast’If’s machine has already was placed in some town halls. Plast’If wants to be present in companies to change people’s behavior concerning recycling.

Le Carillon is a solidarity network of small businesses. These shop owners provide precarious people with free services. Nonetheless, customers can offer pre-paid services and goods (such as a haircut or a meal), buying them in advance for the beneficiary. Now, Louis-Xavier Leca, the founder wants to involve larger companies in his network.

Antoine Le Clerck, sustainable marketing leader at Orange, has addressed the methods and challenges to integrate social business in a large company. He highlighted that poverty is still a taboo in the corporate world. He added that with nine million people under the poverty threshold in France, it was urgent to break it.

Clothparency aims at evaluating the environmental impact of our clothes. 90% of those who willing to chose wisely their clothing purchases lack information to do so. Clothparency wants to educate us by rating clothes on eight criteria. Carbon impact, water pollution, recycling, working conditions, origin, toxicity, animal cruelty, and  organic agriculture. Let’s keep in mind that the textile sector is the second most polluting after the petroleum industry.

To evolve, Clothparency has to transform its users in real ambassadors of the brand. Have a look at the video below for an explanation of the Chrome extension. It should come into a mobile phone app in the next months.

Clothparency, un projet innovant.

Journalist Didier Meillerand has narrated how he came to produce Intérêt Général et Territoires, a mainstream program on political commitment and CSR policy of economic actors on the French territory. He also launched ABNL Prod to reconcile financial bidding and nonprofit projects.

Catering chain Meet My Mama has made our mouths water during the evening. The business enlighted its commitment to recruiting immigrant women willing to become professional cooks. They now have a spot in Paris, set-up jointly with Danone, where they serve ethnic cooking.

Collective intelligence workshops followed this pitching session to create valuable synergies. The attendants left the evening with a big smile on their faces!

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Les ateliers d'intelligence collective ont proté leurs fruits. © Marie Julien-Laferrière
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