Join a global group of changemakers, storytellers, and media professionals to collaborate for good.

NOV 30

Place to Be


Innovation for sustainability, constructive journalism, and social impact entertainment


Place to Be


A celebration and exploration of storytelling, media and enterprise for a better world





Join a gathering of people from all around the world passionate about how storytelling and media can help us create peaceful prosperous lifestyles.

Engage with leaders, pioneers and innovators in film, photography, journalism, music, new technology, business, economics, creativity, health and well-being.


Experience how media created with intelligence, clarity and vision is helping us find solutions to our social, environmental and economic challenges.

Discover new perspectives from businesses finding sustainable solutions to life.

Connect with deep thinkers, visionaries and doers joining the dots between personal well-being and global peace and prosperity.

Hear about innovatives such as collaborative creativity and practical solutions leveraging the power of technology and communications to improve lives.



The workshop and summit hosted by Place to Be bring together a group of inspiring thinkers, visionaries, creatives and doers from across the world. We tried, but their short descriptions here don't do justice to the energy, wisdom, passion, and creativity that they bring collectively.

Georgia Arnold

Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation

An outspoken advocate for the sexual and reproductive health of young people, Georgia heads up Viacom’s international social responsibility programme, and is the Executive Producer of the award-winning TV show Shuga. Since 1998, she has harnessed the power of the MTV brand to raise awareness of HIV. Capitalising on MTV's youth appeal, she has also launched pioneering mass-media behaviour-change campaigns in Kenya and Nigeria to improve sexual and reproductive health.

Isabelle Veyrat-Masson

Director of Research, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

As well as heading up research at the CNRS Isabelle is also Director of their Communications and Politics Lab. She is a frequent commentator across French media, sought out for her expertise on the history and socio-political impact of television.

Jean Baptiste Bouvert

Journalist, TF1

Jean-Baptiste is a journalist reporting on agricultural and environmental issues for France's most popular TV station, TF1. His energetic and insightful reporting has covered topics such as food supply, energy and technological innovation.

Maren Urner

Editor, Positive Daily

Trained as a neuroscientist, whilst in the lab focusing on the what and the how, Maren found herself asking the why question in the outside world. With this in mind she founded Positive Daily in Germany, a platform focusing on positive stories to uplift and inspire.

Nicolas Hazard

Chairman, Le Comptoir de L'Innovation

Le Comptoir de l'Innovation develops social entrepreneurship around the world, through an impact investing fund and an international network of incubators. Nicolas is also Chairman of the Strategic Council of the City of Paris and author of Capitalism for All, 20 Enterprises that Change the World.

Lucia Grenna

Founder, Connect4Climate

Lucia created Connect4Climate in 2011, realising the overwhelming need for effective engaging climate change communications. She was the task manager for the First World Congress on Communication for Development bringing together over 800 communication professionals from around the world to discuss how to mainstream development communication into development policies and practice. She is also the author of several articles and publications on communication for development.

Gilles Vanderpooten

Managing Editor, Reporters D'Espoirs

Gilles has created several initiatives related to a sustainable world, including the French film festival of environment and sustainability and Indibio, the institute of biodiversity together with explorer Jerome Pasteur. He has also written an international best seller Get Involved! together with Stephane Hessel.

Mary Humphrey

CEO, The Jane Goodall Institute

Mary’s work builds upon Dr. Goodall's pioneering philosophy and inspires people and partners around the world to take actions that make a positive difference not just for chimpanzees but for all living things. An experienced strategic planner, she is passionate about the role storytelling can play in bringing to life an organization's strategic vision.

Aaron Sherinian

Vice President of Communications & PR, UN Foundation

Aaron has led the Foundation’s PR, media relations, strategic outreach, and online presence since 2009 helping build some of the most talked about milestones in digital global engagement for causes and UN issues. This includes the Social Good Summit, #GivingTuesday, and Rio+Social, managing an award-winning team who believe that innovative communications can help change the world.

Aric Noboa

President, Discovery Learning Alliance

Aric Noboa is responsible for the vision, growth, and management of Discovery Learning Alliance, a nonprofit organization using the power of media to transform education and improve lives for tens of millions of people in underserved communities around the world.

Cathrine Gyldensted

Journalist & Investigative Reporter

Cathrine has 12 years experience in news as a journalist, covering US politics, and investigative reporting in TV & Radio for Danish Broadcasting. She recently completed a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently working to innovate news reporting through relevant Positive Psychology research and constructs with colleagues in the USA, Denmark & Canada.

Jake Brewer

Strategic Communications,

Jake’s work aims to remake the relationship between decision makers and the 77 million users around the world impacted by their decisions. He is also co-founder of Define American with Jose Antonio Vargas, where their work has included reframing the narrative of the American immigration debate in media and culture. He was named in the 30 under 30 list of civic leaders.

Amy Gilbert

Entertainments Officer, UN Foundation

Amy develops, builds and maintains partnerships within the entertainment industry, ranging from talent to organizations & corporations who want to engage with the work of the Foundation and the United Nations. This includes developing strategies for outreach and imaginative engagement in partnership with the creative community.

Jeremy Wickremer

Sustainability Innovator

Jeremy is interested in leveraging creativity and innovation to come up with solutions for sustainable business. He helps build the foundations for organisations to innovate and work through the creative process to come up with answers to deliver business success as well as social and environmental goals.

Clay Dunn

Senior Director of Brand, Share our Strength

Clay oversees Share Our Strenght's storytelling, digital and design teams, inspiring others to join the fight to end childhood hunger. His team’s work has been recognized by the Blackbaud Impact Awards, PR Daily Awards, Social Media Leadership Awards, and the Telly Awards. Previously Clay worked on brand, marketing and digital at National Geographic Channel and The City of New York.

Geoff K Cooper

Founder, GCaribbean

As well as editing the Caribbean’s first men’s interest glossy Geoff is Co-Founder of the Calabash Consortium an NGO mobilizing youth using the Calabash Model: a paradigm for manifesting service, where everyone acknowledges and uses the resources they hold to empower others. Geoff’s humble beginning in the Caribbean has imbued him with a passion to see people become more than their circumstances allow and he sees media as a powerful tool in that pursuit.

Sean Dagan Wood

Editor, Positive News

Sean is the Editor of Positive News in the UK, the worlds first newspaper focused on positive stories. Sean believes that by reporting on achievements, possibilities and how people are creating solutions to the challenges facing the world, the media can inspire and empower humanity to catalyse its full potential.


The summit is designed with plenty of opportunity to interact and mingle. Upon registering you will be asked to submit a short bio to be shared with participants so as to enable you to identify people you may like to connect with at the summit.

Kendall Ciesemier

Founder, Kids Caring 4 Kids

Kendall is a Georgetown senior studying sociology, journalism and theology. Nine years ago she founded Kids Caring 4 Kids, to empower young people to help provide basic human needs to children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Her ambition is to be a storyteller, hosting a docu-series that tells stories of the world’s most vulnerable. She has been honoured as one of Youth Service America’s “Top 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World”.




11:00am - 5:00pm
The workshop consists of an opening plenary, followed by three sessions:

Introduction to the day by Gilles Vanderpooten, Editor, Reporters D'Espoirs.

Innovation and sustainability – How can we create systems and businesses that are aligned with developing human potential and working alongside a living planet.

Constructive Journalism: Reporting the whole story. Covering problems and symptoms and also solutions and opportunities. Solutions journalism and the journalism of attachment. Session led by Cathrine Gyldensted.

Social Impact Entertainment: Integrating social impact content into entertainment media. How to create engaging, entertaining content which also serves a social purpose.


10:00am - 6:00pm
The summit at Place to Be brings together some of the most innovative and inspiring changemakers working at the intersection of media and social change. There will be plenty of time to interact with other participants and also be involved in lively discussions. For speaker details please see SPEAKERS section above.

9:30 - 10:00am: Registration
Session 1: Constructive journalism
Journalism as a force for good.
- Cathrine Gyldensted, Journalist
- Gilles Vanderpooten, Reporters D'Espoirs


Session 2: Entertainment media
Entertaining, inspiring and informing
- Sean Dagan Wood, Positive News
- Aric Noboa, Discovery Learning Alliance

1:00 - 2:00pm LUNCH

Session 3: Digital media
Connecting the dots online and off-line
- Jeremy Wickremer, Sustainability Innovator

Session 4: Innovation and sustainable business
Integrated business solutions to our social, environmental and economic challenges

6:00 - 08:00pm: Drinks reception.



To attend this year's event please click on the REGISTER button below to book through the Eventbrite page (registration open from 15 September 2015).

Workshop - Nov 30
€40 | €50
Summit - Dec 1
€40 | €50
Both days
€70 | €90





The Transformational Media Summit brings together media professionals across the world who are passionate about creating media that informs, educates and entertains at the same time as serving humanity's needs.

Through the summit we are keen to explore different ways that media can contribute to society.

This may be through creating social impact entertainment, it may be through inspiring stories, or it could be as simple as providing informative, educational content. In all cases we believe excellence in production and creativity combined with purpose can produce content that serves society.

The inner qualities and values which can be the foundation to create transformational media.

The external qualities of transformational media content.


Following summits in London and Washington, DC this summit is being hosted by Place to Be during COP21 in Paris.

To speak to our friendship maker about sponsorship, email Oliver Sylvester-Bradley at

To speak to our maitre d'media about PR and interviews, email Erin Beck at

If you are interested in partnering or contributing to the summit content please speak to our guardian of storytellers, Jeremy Wickremer, at




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