Impact Journalism Day 2016: 50 ideas to change the world

A portable water filter system - the brainchild of a Singapore start-up - was among the ideas featured last year.
A portable water filter system - the brainchild of a Singapore start-up - was among the ideas featured last year. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - This Saturday, June 25, is Impact Journalism Day - a day for the media to come together to report on initiatives that are improving lives around the world.

The Straits Times is part of this project, just as it has been from the founding of Impact Journalism Day by Sparknews in 2012 with just 20 papers from 20 countries.

This year, some 55 newspapers from 50 countries are taking part, including leading publications like Asahi Shimbun in Japan, Kompas in Indonesia and Le Monde in France.

New in 2016 is a way for you, the reader, to join the conversation. Widgets at the bottom of articles will allow you to share if similar problems affect you, and if you want to see these solutions implemented in your country.

Fifty new ideas, including two from our own shores, will be featured in a special edition of The Straits Times on Saturday, and on this website. Do look out for those.

A portable water filter system - the brainchild of a Singapore start-up - was among the ideas featured last year.

ST also reported on Girls2Pioneers, a campaign to get more young girls here interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and the T.Jacket, a special pressure vest that delivers "virtual" hugs.

In the meantime, you can revisit ideas from 2015 here.