Our vision

Founded in 2012 by Christian de Boisredon, Sparknews is a social enterprise that identifies, shares, and amplifies positive solutions to the important problems of our time. Through its activities Sparknews aims to achieve two objectives: firstly, to give positive initiatives the opportunity to scale up by increasing their visibility and connections and secondly, to inspire the maximum number of readers to take action and support an inclusive and sustainable world.

initiative dedicated to solutions for climate.

What is Impact Journalism Day?


initiative dedicated to solutions for climate.

The Impact Journalism Day is an international editorial operation that partners with the world’s most important daily newspapers to publish, on the same day in print and digital formats, supplements that feature over 60 inspiring and feasible solutions to concrete problems.

initiative dedicated to solutions for climate.

Journalism that Encourages Action

Beyond the normal daily flow of current stories that are often negative and instantaneous, the stories featured in Impact Journalism Day are precise and clearly framed reports on solutions to problems that threaten society. In an attempt to bring attention to these issues and all the while propose concrete solutions, the IJD editorial operation is a catalyst for change for editors, journalists, and readers.

initiative dedicated to solutions for climate.

Collaborative Journalism: Write Three Articles, Receive 60

It takes no less than four months to move from sourcing projects to the publication of the supplements. Our objective: to help editors and journalists identify replicable innovations, that have proven themselves in the field, and that are having a significant social or environmental impact. The mission is collaborative: each newspaper writes on two initiatives from their country and then all the articles are shared amongst the alliance so every newspapers has access to all 60 stories.

  • 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.
  • Tess Abbott

    Tess Abbott 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+ environmental 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; researching, writing and editing articles.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Sandra de Baillencourt

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aubance Lamour

    Aubance joined Sparknews in January 2016, to work as a Communications Officer. 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.
  • 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.
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