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Readers all over the world today are hungry for stories with a difference. Stories that bring hope and concrete solutions, at both a local and global level.
Lunch scheme aids in development of poor children in Chinese villages
It's a boiling hot afternoon in a rural village three hours' walk from the nearest health centre.
A French agency has come up with a novel way to help seniors stay active and employed - labour leasing - by a programme that has large corporations lending senior-level experts to SMEs to help them grow.
A Danish concept that is making inroads internationally aims to change people’s attitudes towards those with autism, by showing that they can be an asset to businesses and the community.
On a morning in May, there was a great frenzy at Roumieh Central Prison, east of Beirut. Dozens of anxious prisoners were about to receive some high-profile guests: musicians and singers the Chehade Brothers, violin player Rabi Abou Serhal, and Michel Elefteriades, the founder and owner of Elefrecords.
Treated used water is helping Singapore achieve near self-sufficiency
How is it possible to heal a gaping wound right in the middle of a city like Montreal, while at the same time producing electricity from old rubbish, transforming new waste into compost and creating an immense park?
Changing lives, a pair of spectacles at a time
VERONA (Italy) - Ever stopped on the emergency lane on the motorway and felt your car being jolted by lorries driving past?
More than 20 years ago, an engineer and senior designer dreamed up a solution to help people in rural areas carry out the neck-crushing, time-consuming but essential task of bringing home water from nearby rivers and community taps.
Strolling through New York City's Museum of Modern Art, visitors can see masterpieces by artists such as Picasso, Monet and Rothko. Amid the Applied Design exhibits, they also might stumble upon something that looks like a tumbleweed from outer space.
Imagine a pop-up house, made of inflatable concrete. This is the concept Mr Peter Brewin and Mr William Crawford came up with as engineering students in London in 2004, when they were looking to make extra cash by entering competitions.
It looks like a usual soccer ball. It plays like one, and weighs barely more. Yet a simple mechanism hidden inside makes the Soccket a little different from the regular football: When you play with it, a pendulum stores energy from the motion, and converts it into electricity that can power a lamp plugged into it.
Mr Ahmad Attaie stands in the middle of a busy auto shop holding what resembles a bent wire coat hanger attached to a small cube that looks like a Lego building block. He is developing an inexpensive turn signal, which should cost about 75 US cents (95 Singapore cents).
His online portal collects and tracks reports of safety violations
These new-age travellers traverse the globe to make the world a better place
Want to make an impact while on holiday? Here is a quick guide to environmentally friendly, socially responsible travel.
City dwellers take saving the environment into their own hands
On Jan 1, 2010, our readers woke up with a message of peace between India and Pakistan on the front page of The Times of India. So did the readers of Jang and The News in Pakistan.
For years, electric cars have been struggling to build momentum in large cities.
Innovators and inventors share the moment their idea flashed in their minds.

Call for submissions

On Sept 20, Impact Journalism Day, The Straits Times and 39 other newspapers around the world will be running stories on people, projects and ideas that have or could make a difference to those around them.

Do you know of someone who is doing something special to improve the lives of people? Or a brilliant idea or invention that promises to change lives? 

Email us at stimpact@sph.com.sg. Please include your full name and contact number.

If your idea interests us or our partner newspapers, we will contact you.

Keep your description to about 100 words, and include any relevant visuals or weblinks if available.

Send us your ideas by May 16 at noon.

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