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2013-06-21 15:01

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Tomorrow is Impact Journalism Day – it’s exciting, it’s upbeat and it’s hopefully the beginning of a new way of looking at news.

City Press is the exclusive South African partner in this movement that celebrates the innovative, the problem solvers, the bright sparks – which is the origins of the creators’ collective name, Sparknews.

The Sparknews team have invited 22 newspapers from around the world to gather up the stories in their back yards about people, inventions and ideas that are changing the world and solving global problems today.

All these stories have been gathered and offered to all the participating newspapers to share with their readers so that we can spread the good ideas.

On the pages of City Press on Sunday you’ll find out what the French did with their vegetable peelings, how playing soccer helps kids do homework, as well as other pieces on our website about an Afghan designer who has revolutionised how we find and disarm land mines as well as how one guy with trash intolerance cleaned up a forest.

This is not a blue-sky project. Every solution reported on is already working to make the lives of people better or support our environment for sustainability.

The idea is that we all become change makers. Instead of stopping our thoughts at “I wish I’d thought of that” we carry on to, “how could I do something similar?”

Journalists are often accused of being doomsayers (mostly by politicians) but here are stories by the journalists from 22 countries – including Algeria, Denmark, India, Germany, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal and Singapore – that celebrate good news and trumpet the smarts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make the world a better place.

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