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Delivering top international journalism on one urgent issue each month -- not just the problems, but real solutions.

We did it - and we're still doing it!

We've raised over $15K in the past six weeks from backers including: Nicholas Negroponte, Sree Sreenivasan, Bill Adair, Dario Meli, John Cabot University and more!

Join them, and join us in bringing Worldcrunch Impact to life! 

Help us continue to surface innovative solutions from around the world and share them as widely as possible! [Click "Back This Project" in the upper right-hand column]

"We admire what Worldcrunch is doing" - Solutions Journalism Network

"Interesting Kickstarter project" - MATTER

"It’s a smart idea" - Columbia Journalism Review

"Now go support them" - Rude Baguette

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Version française : voir en bas de page / Versione Italiana: guardate sotto

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Context

There is something wrong with the news. Not all of it, to be sure, but the way our world is covered today is hotwired to be too fast, too thin, too loud. The clickbait and chatter drown out the best storytelling and smartest analysis, leaving a 24-hour feed of society’s ills with little room to even consider how to make things better.

What we want to do

Worldcrunch Impact will deliver solutions-oriented journalism of the highest caliber on one global development issue each month, with a selection of expertly translated and edited reportages from award-winning newspapers around the world, as well as digests of best practices from a vast array of countries and languages -- always delivered in clear, crisp English.

We want to open up a world of solutions to interested readers around the globe, to inspire and empower both concerned citizens and decision makers to address common problems in novel ways. We want to facilitate the spreading of ideas, by breaking down language barriers.

(Read about Worldcrunch Impact's exclusive media partners for France - Le Nouvel Observateur, and Italy - Internazionale)

Who we are

We are Worldcrunch, an English-language global news startup launched two years ago in Paris. Our founding big idea is to discover and translate great stories from the best international publications to build a vibrant, multicultural new source for world news in English.

Our sources span 5 continents and 15 countries
Our sources span 5 continents and 15 countries


We believe Worldcrunch’s unique approach and partnerships with top publications around the world allows us to look for ways to not only uncover problems, but to address them.

Dossier details

UPDATE July 2: Since hitting our target, we're now working on a 4th dossier on global health. All the new money we continue to raise will go toward producing this extra dossier.

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If funded, we will publish the first three Worldcrunch Impact collections online in September, October, and November. The order of the topics will be decided by you, this is what we're planning: 

  • Education Innovation: how technology is improving learning 
  • Future Farming: the organic revolution and its benefits
  • Smart Cities: innovative urban advances making our cities more livable

Be clear: these first 3 topics are only the start. We are already working on ways to sustain Worldcrunch Impact in the long-term, but we'll need your help to get started! 

How you can help

Anything you can give will be hugely appreciated by us, seriously! But you should know about how this all works, because with Kickstarter, unless we hit our goal we get $0, and Worldcrunch Impact stops before it even gets started.

That’s why we want to encourage you not only to give what you feel comfortable giving, but also to spread the word far and wide! The more people you share this with, the more of a chance we’ll have at realizing the project.

One more thing, although Worldcrunch is a subscription-based website, we want to make Worldcrunch Impact freely available to everyone. The whole point is to share solutions here, so limiting access to only paying customers just would not make sense. Indeed, the fact that it will be free is a big part of why we need your help to get this off the ground!

Get in touch

We’re here to answer questions and share enthusiasm, so drop us a line if you’d like to connect.

impact@worldcrunch.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

If we reach our goal we'll definitely have a lot of postcards to address and Albanian Blloks to send around the world!

The real hard work will be producing these dossiers, and thankfully we've already got a team in place that's well-experienced in unearthing great stories across the international media landscape. The challenge will be finding the journalism that focuses not only on the issues, but takes coverage a step further to share solutions. Surfacing and translating these stories will take time, and although we do plan to stick to our publishing schedule as best as possible, there is a risk of a slow week. But we plan to spread coverage on each topic out over the course of the month to maintain a steady flow of thought provoking pieces each week from different corners of the globe.

FAQ

  • Worldcrunch Impact : les enjeux essentiels pour notre planète – vus par la presse internationale, traduite en anglais. Nous vous proposons d'accéder aux analyses, aux idées, aux problèmes mais aussi et surtout aux solutions – en faisant tomber les barrières linguistiques.

    Nous sommes Worldcrunch : un site internet d’informations internationales en anglais, lancé à Paris il y a deux ans. Notre idée fondatrice est de sélectionner et traduire les meilleurs articles provenant des publications mondiales les plus prestigieuses. Nous offrons au monde anglophone un accès inédit au meilleur de la presse internationale.

    Depuis notre lancement, nous avons reçu le soutien du New York Times, du Nieman Lab de l’Université de Harvard et d’autres encore, qui ont relayé notre initiative par des articles. Notre équipe de journalistes multilingues sélectionne et traduit chaque jour de nombreux articles de la presse internationale – francophone, hispanophone, chinoise, allemande, arabe, russe etc. – auxquels les lecteurs anglophones n’avaient pas accès auparavant.

    Notre objectif : Worldcrunch Impact vise à ouvrir un monde de solutions aux lecteurs du monde entier, c'est-à-dire inspirer et permettre, à la fois aux citoyens concernés et aux décideurs, de répondre à des enjeux globaux grâce à des solutions innovantes. Nous souhaitons repenser le journalisme pour en faire un media de diffusion de réponses aux problèmes internationaux. C’est le journalisme de « solutions », à l’échelle globale : partager les « bonnes idées », sans frontières.

    Les dossiers : Worldcrunch Impact présentera chaque mois un journalisme de grande qualité proposant des solutions à un enjeu de développement mondial. Chaque dossier comprendra une sélection d’articles, reportages, essais et analyses issus de la presse internationale. Les articles seront traduits et édités en anglais, par l’équipe de Worldcrunch.

    Si nous obtenons le financement nécessaire au lancement de Worldcrunch Impact, nous publierons les trois premiers dossiers en septembre, octobre et novembre 2013. Nous espérons également publier les articles en d’autres langues, afin de toucher un public véritablement international.

    C'est vous, lecteurs, qui déciderez de l'ordre de publication des sujets. Voici les premiers thèmes prévus :
    • Innovation et éducation : ce que les technologies peuvent apporter à l'éducation
    • L'agriculture du futur : la révolution bio et ses avantages
    • Villes intelligentes : les inventions qui révolutionnent la qualité de vie urbaine

    Rejoignez nous : votre contribution, aussi modeste soit-elle, est grandement appréciée ! Sachez néanmoins que si nous ne parvenons pas à atteindre notre objectif, fixé à 15 000 dollars, nous n'obtiendrons aucun financement – et Worldcrunch Impact s'arrêtera avant même d'avoir vu le jour...

    C'est pourquoi nous vous incitons non seulement à participer selon vos moyens et votre envie, mais aussi à faire passer le mot autour de vous ! Plus vous partagerez notre initiative, plus nous aurons de chances de réaliser notre objectif et de proposer un journalisme de solutions innovantes – sans frontières.

    Un grand merci à vous !

    Les différentes options de contribution sont détaillées en haut à droite de la page.

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  • Chi siamo: Siamo Worldcrunch, una start-up di giornalismo globale in lingua inglese lanciata due anni fa a Parigi. L'idea alla base del nostro lavoro è scoprire e tradurre articoli tratti dalle migliori testate della stampa internazionale, per creare una nuova fonte online di notizie in lingua inglese. (Puoi trovare un commento di http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/04/worldcrunch-wants-to-be-the-internets-rosetta-stone-for-news/ su Worldcrunch)

    *Nota per i lettori Italiani: L’ispirazione per Worldcrunch è nata dalla stima del co-fondatore Jeff Israely per il settimanale italiano Internazionale durante il periodo in cui lavorava a Roma come corrispondente della rivista Time. Questo progetto “Impact” rappresenta quindi la prima opportunità per Worldcrunch di collaborare con gli amici-colleghi di Internazionale.

    Il nuovo progetto: Worldcrunch Impact mira alla realizzazione di una serie di articoli che offrano soluzioni a problemi specifici: per informare e allo stesso tempo responsabilizzare i cittadini e coloro che prendono le decisioni, per affrontare le sfide comuni grazie a idee diverse e metodi nuovi. Vogliamo contribuire a riconsiderare la maniera in cui il giornalismo è costruito, cosi da non concentrarsi semplicemente sui problemi, ma creare un canale aperto per diffondere le migliore risposte ovunque si trovano nel mondo.

    I dossiers: Worldcrunch Impact offre del giornalismo di alto livello orientato a fornire ogni mese soluzioni su un tema importante, grazie alla selezione di traduzioni di ottima qualità e di reportage pubblicati sui migliori giornali internazionali.

    Se riusciremo a concretizzare la nostra idea, le prime tre collezioni di Worldcrunch Impact saranno pubblicate nei mesi di settembre, ottobre e novembre. Vorremmo inoltre presentare queste storie nel maggior numero di lingue possibili. E Internazionale è il nostro partner esclusivo in italiano.

    L’ordine di pubblicazione degli argomenti sarà scelto da voi, per il momento questi sono i temi a cui stiamo pensando:

    •innovazione del sistema educativo: il ruolo svolto dalla tecnologia nel migliorare l’apprendimento;
    •il futuro dell’agricoltura: i vantaggi della rivoluzione biologica;
    •città intelligenti: il progresso urbanistico e le decisioni innovative che rendono le nostre città più vivibili.

    Unisciti a noi!: Qualsiasi cifra riusciate a donare sarà molto apprezzata da tutti noi, davvero! Ma dovete anche sapere come funziona, perché con Kickstarter, nel caso in cui non riuscissimo a raggiungere l’obiettivo prefissato, alle fine non otterremmo nulla. Worldcrunch Impact cesserà quindi di esistere ancora prima di nascere. È per questo che vi incoraggiamo non solo a donare quello che le vostre capacità vi permettono, ma soprattutto a spargere la voce il più possibile! Più gente ne è a conoscenza, più probabilità abbiamo di realizzare il nostro progetto. Potete trovare qui sopra, in lingua inglese, le diverse possibilità per contribuire al nostro progetto. Grazie!

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  • If you were one of the early birds, or you pledged $35 or more, we'll send you one of these really cool Bllok notebooks our Parisian designer friend makes from covers of old Albanian magazines. Think moleskin, but with way more character! Read the http://www.po-paris.com/blog/….

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  • Kickstarter funds will go towards the editorial work detailed below, and acquiring rights to stellar solutions-oriented journalism from both inside and outside our partnership network, because we're committed to delivering the best reporting from around the world.

    Editorial work we’ll need to do:
    - scour the international media and find the best reporting on each issue, regardless of language. We’ll start with the topics of: Education Innovation, Future Farming and Smart Cities

    - freelance translation by multilingual journalists (this is not Google Translate! We will only publish translations of the highest quality done by actual journalists, so every nuance and turn of phrase is adapted as elegantly as possible into an article that reads like it was originally written in mother-tongue English)

    - two-tiered editing process: every article will go through two layers of editing and fact-checking by native English speakers who will add context, explain local references when necessary, and make sure the stories have the highest degree of accuracy possible

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  • To help shape these dossiers we'll be counting on theexpertise of our advisors, including UN multimedia manager Sophie Boudre, founder of Smart Grids Herve Rannou, green technology entreprenuer Lionel Lemaux, former head of communications at World Economic Forum Michel Ogrizek,http://worldcrunch.com/single.php…

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    LAST MINUTE Guest Editor. You get to be an integral part of our editorial process, by helping us to shape a Worldcrunch Impact collection on a development issue of your choosing. We’ll get you inside our kick-off editorial meeting for that collection with a skype video call, and you’ll be able to watch our progress through our Google Drive storyboard, and take notes in your very own Albanian Bllok notebook. You’ll also get lifetime premium membership to Worldcrunch, a postcard from Paris signed by the team with some love on our social media accounts, and a guest editor name drop when your Worldcrunch Impact collection is published. You'll also get a vote in which dossier we launch Worldcrunch Impact with.

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