Global fixes for shared prob­lems

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To­day, for Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day, 50 news­pa­pers join forces to high­light sto­ries that change the world.

City Press has been the move­ment’s South African part­ner since in­cep­tion, and con­tin­ues to seek out global so­lu­tions to our shared chal­lenges.

Beyond the con­stant stream of neg­a­tive news, there are many sto­ries of hope and of con­crete so­lu­tions.

Sto­ries about peo­ple who tackle some of the world’s most press­ing is­sues with in­no­va­tive ideas to change the lives of mil­lions for the better. Sto­ries worth read­ing and spread­ing, not only to re­bal­ance our view of the world, but to help these ex­ist­ing so­lu­tions get repli­cated world­wide. The media can play a cru­cial role in telling the in­di­vid­ual sto­ries behind this global move­ment, which is why, for the past five years, Sparknews has in­vited news­pa­pers to take part in Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day, har­ness­ing the power of col­lab­o­ra­tive jour­nal­ism to bring sto­ries of change to the sur­face.

Ev­ery year, these news­pa­pers explore and pub­lish an ar­ray of ground­break­ing so­lu­tions in special sup­ple­ments on the same day, reach­ing 120 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide in print and dig­i­tal media.

For the fifth edi­tion of Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day, the media is joined by or­gan­i­sa­tions that be­lieve spread­ing these sto­ries is the first step to­wards change.

These in­clude the UN and One Young World, which an­nu­ally gather to­gether 1 500 young lead­ers from so­cial and cor­po­rate sec­tors who are in­volved in pos­i­tive in­no­va­tions.

A large com­mu­nity of well-known per­son­al­i­ties and or­di­nary cit­i­zens have also joined the cho­rus in sign­ing a man­i­festo to show that ev­ery­one – gov­ern­ments, the pri­vate sec­tor, civil so­ci­ety, non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and ev­ery­day peo­ple – can take ac­tion for a better fu­ture.

You, too, can be part of this trans­for­ma­tional move­ment.

Dis­cover those who have suc­cess­fully brought an­swers to chal­lenges such as good health, ac­cess to wa­ter, qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, de­cent em­ploy­ment and clean en­ergy.

Each serves as a con­crete ex­am­ple of the power of in­di­vid­ual or group ini­tia­tives to help reach the UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals, to end poverty, pro­tect the planet and en­sure pros­per­ity and good health for all.

We hope you en­joy the read and that you be­come part of the solution.

Sign the man­i­festo at sharesto­riesofchange.org and share the sto­ries that im­press you most on Face­book and Twit­ter – #Im­pactJour­nal­ism, #Sto­ryOfChange, @Sparknews, @Ci­ty_Press. De Boisre­don is the founder of

Sparknews For many more sto­ries from around the world, visit city­press.co.za Tell us your bright idea to change the world or solve a so­cial prob­lem by SMSing us on 35697. SMSes cost R1.50

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