VIDEO: Emotional start to powerful INSP Talks in Athens

It was an emotional start to the very first INSP Talks today at the Global Street Paper Summit in Athens.

Two speakers were moved to tears – along with several of our delegates – as they recalled inspirational women in their lives they had lost.


The event styled on the popular Ted Talks featured three short, thought-provoking presentations from bodo in Dortmund, Germany, The Big Issue Australia and Canadian street paper Megaphone.

Jessica Hannon, Megaphone’s Operations Manager, spoke of the heartbreaking inspiration behind her paper’s Still Dying on the Streets report: Anita Hauk, one of many people to die homeless on the streets of B.C.

Megaphone’s subsequent Let’s Change the Story on Homelessness campaign raised an incredible $19,000 in one month to fund a soloutions-led journalism series investigating homeless deaths in B.C.

This was followed by a moving, heart-felt speech by Peruvian-American social entrepreneur Cynthia Hellen, who spoke of the importance of sustainable, social entrepreneurship to enable the world’s poorest to help themselves

Hellen reflected on her family in Peru, who still live in poverty, and how a three-month mission to live in the South American country on less than $2 a day (a reality for many people) inspired her to start championing innovative, grassroots projects which empower people living in poverty.

“I’m still learning when I come into a new city. Like here in Athens amongst you all and the work you are all doing, all collaborating. It’s incredible, real and genuine,” she told delegates.

She ended with an emotional reference to the woman who inspired her – her late grandmother and role model as the first entrepreneur in her family.

You can watch the full session and hear from all our speakers in the video below (click the image to start it playing). Let us know what you think on social media using #INSP2016.