How Eight Impact Hubs Created International Mobilization For Stories of Change
1 September 2017 - techteam

Sparknews has been growing a movement to build a better world by changing the way we talk about it, and this year, we wanted in on the conversation. 

Impact Hub became a proud partner to the Paris-based social business for their fifth annual Impact Journalism Day. On June 24, 2017, 100 million readers tuned in to a special edition published in 50 of the world’s leading newspapers, where they found 60 stories of changemakers’ concrete and inspiring solutions to some of the most pressing global issues: those addressed in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Eight Impact Hubs on five continents organized online and on-the-ground Impact Journalism Day events connecting journalists, entreprenuers, and communities in the name of a more positive global narrative. 

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Here is a snapshot of what took place across the Impact Hub network:


Impact Hub Singapore member Prasoon Kumar, founder of BillionBricks, a shelter and infrastructure design studio working to end homelessness, was one of 60 entrepreneurs in the world who were chosen to be featured by international newspapers for the Impact Journalism Day special edition. Now that’s a story you don’t want to miss reading. To celebrate, he participated as a panelist in Impact Hub Singapore’s Impact Journalism Day Panel Discussion on media and social enterprise in the region. The event was modified by the Straits Times, one of the Singapore’s oldest English-speaking newspapers, and livestreamed on Facebook so you can check it out today! 


Impact Hub Sao Paolo hosted their own Impact Journalism Day talk show. Journalists and impact entrepreneurs came together in the iconic Good Truck to discuss how journalism can boost social impact enterprises.



If you are looking for an introduction to Impact Journalism Day and solutions journalism, watch Impact Hub Manila’s Periscope livestream, where they also share best practices and online networks on the topic around the world. In partnership with Inkline and KMC Solutions, they hosted a panel discussion for social entrepreneurs and journalists to learn how to report solutions journalism as rigorously as possible. 



“Pimp your story and make it stick” was the subject of Impact Hub Zurich’s Impact Journalism Day skillshare breakfast. Discover six steps to telling an unforgettable startup story–that grabs attention like that title–in their blog post featuring advice from Tagesanzeiger journalist Lynn Scheurer and Storytelling Expert Sonja Bichsel.



Impact Hub Geneva held an intimate round-table introduction to Impact Journalism Day and a brainstorming session on ideas for next year, with special guest, the editor from Tribune de Geneve. Read the recap here and discover the new commitment to positive change this newspaper was inspired to make.


AJ+ journalist, Sarah Murphy made a guest appearance at the North American Impact Hub Mash Up event at Impact Hub San Francisco to introduce Impact Journalism Day and share a video of one of her favorite solution stories from South Africa. Watch it here to find out what a “walking bus” is or tune in to the entire Facebook livestream.


Impact Hub Lagos took their Impact Journalism Day event online through a real-time Tweet Chat with Bolaji Finnih, CEO of TechPreneur Africa, featuring impact stories and tips on how to drive innovation in journalism.

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Impact Hub Madrid also went digital with a social media campaign featuring local impact entrepreneurs meant to act as inspiration for journalists to build positive stories. Meet all 13 in their blog post (in Spanish).

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Events like these help awaken the creativity, optimism and urge to act that lies inside us all, reminding us of our collective power to address environmental and societal challenges to come.  

Are you ready to join the #StoryofChange movement? If you want your Impact Hub to be a part of Impact Journalism Day 2018, contact: [email protected] 

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