Shaping a better future together

It's hard to find someone these days who is not plugged in - but how many of us can truly say we are clued in about what's going on?

Headlines tend to paint a bleak picture of our world: it seems to be brimming with conflict, terrorism, hunger, climate change, social injustice - the list goes on. We are indeed facing complex and seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Yet, a full picture also shows solutions and reasons for hope, with many among us striving to make the world better.

In 2015, 193 countries agreed to work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

An ambitious plan to guide global development until 2030, the goals are a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, establish peace, and ensure prosperous, fulfilling lives for all. They can only be achieved if people everywhere - governments, the private sector, civil society - embrace them.

Around the world, there is a growing grassroots movement to support these goals.

Christian de Boisredon Founder of Sparknews and Ashoka Fellow & the Sparknews Team
Christian de Boisredon, Founder of Sparknews and Ashoka Fellow & the Sparknews Team

Brilliant, innovative women and men are finding local solutions to global problems, helping to build a better society and economy for all.

These entrepreneurs inspire others to replicate their solutions, applying them to issues such as healthcare, quality education, decent employment, clean energy and access to water.

 

A drive for positive change is gaining momentum. More and more, people are working to help social entrepreneurs have a larger effect by supporting positive impact finance or investing in them and

 

accelerating their approaches. Some of these forces for good include the Skoll Foundation, Ashoka, Impact Hub and the One Young World Summit, among others.

Growing initiatives also find a way to scale up by developing connections with traditional businesses. And, in turn, their disruptive and impact-oriented approaches help transform big corporations by inspiring more virtuous business models and products.

The news media can play a vital role in highlighting and spreading stories about innovative change-makers across borders.

For the past six years, Sparknews has invited media from all over the world to take part in Impact Journalism Day, joining forces to publish articles about positive initiatives in special supplements or online reports, together reaching 120 million people on the same day.

Many of these media have now started to include solutions-oriented stories in their day-to-day coverage.

You, too, can participate in helping these projects to scale up and have even more impact.

Share the stories that impress you the most on Facebook and Twitter #ImpactJournalism #StoryOfChange @Sparknews @STcom

We can all take part in writing the next chapter of our global story.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Shaping a better future together'. Print Edition | Subscribe