Act for impact
With this ongoing project, we want people to go from information to (re)action by connecting them with changemakers and initiatives, directly in their daily reading routine!
Solve the News - Read online, impact in real life!
A web browser extension by ReSolve Europe (under development)
We know that people feel powerless in front of the mass of information and the perceived lack of impact and control over unfair situations. Everyday, we see headlines about the challenges of migration management, diversity, social justice or the environment, but how often do we see the positive initiatives being developed or already in place to tackle these challenges? How many media outlets are going beyond the facts and figures to explore potential solutions on the continent and opportunities for action right around the corner?
At ReSolve Europe, we believe it’s possible to tell #thewholestory (as coined by the Solution Journalism Network). Our goal is to offer the public a broader, more hopeful and engaging view on social innovation opportunities… Directly in their daily reading routine.
Via a simple web browser extension, we want to give Europeans the possibility to become active news readers and citizens by providing examples of people acting to improve different situations all over Europe… And answering the typical questions of ‘ok, but what now?’ and ‘what can I do?’
Exposing an (often) passive audience to impactful actions might encourage them to become proactive and share, replicate or scale-up constructive ideas. More broadly, people might have a more positive view of the world, which could, in turn, influence politics and translate into more welcoming and humane policy-making. Ultimately, these (re)actions will impact our personal lives and our shared future as Europeans and citizens of the world.
With the StN extension, we are promoting a trend already well established in the US: the ‘solution journalism’ or ‘#ImpactJournalism’. It communicates how leading social innovators approach their work, it is thought-provoking, and it inspires readers to act independently.
We do want to bring the responsibility on the side of the existing news outlets who need to increase the credibility and reliability of their content by linking their work to actors on the ground.
We have seen many inventive ways to ‘counter’ the negative media narrative around difficult topics. We have even seen a web browser extension replacing the word ‘migrant’ by dancing kittens. . . Instead, Solve the News wants to promote proactiveness and optimism on social issues facing Europe and Europeans!