David Bornstein

Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2016


This profile was prepared when David Bornstein was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.
The New Idea
David Bornstein is a journalist whose pioneering reportage about social entrepreneurs helped him recognize that emerging and innovative approaches to problems, even those that demonstrate marked success, were not systematically and rigorously covered in the news. As a result, journalism – a feedback system meant to help society self-correct – often became an impediment to social innovation and corrective social action, causing undue pessimism, anxiety and fear, and failing to circulate information essential for societies to improve.

Now through Solutions Journalism Network, a network he co-founded in 2013, David helps to build the credibility, legitimacy and capacity for journalists to pursue “solutions journalism” — rigorous reporting about responses to social problems, with a focus on results and an examination of what can be learned from them. He and his colleagues work with journalists, newsrooms, editors, educators and other partners, to help lead a shift in mindsets and practices in journalism in favor of telling “the whole story." David argues that the solutions lens allows journalists to be more accurate, comprehensive and relevant at a time when we need complex information to circulate far more seamlessly, fluidly, and globally, enabling the marketplace of ideas to function as it should.
The Problem
The Strategy

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