By Callum McSorley
Among the grand surrounds of Glasgow’s City Chambers, the INSP’s global gathering was officially welcomed by the City Council on Tuesday evening
Provost is a passionate supporter of INSP and the street paper movement.
successful Commonwealth Games last month, his representative, Baillie Jonathan
Findlay said he was proud to again welcome international visitors to the city.
publishing and distributing street papers to come to together and support each
other and forge an ambitious and uncertain experiment,” he said.
organised and unified movement of social entrepreneurs who have managed to show
the world that there are more innovative ways to tackle homelessness and
of The Big Issue UK, Jim Mullan modestly looked forward to the coming week.
what I should be doing and what I should be considering in my current role,” he
said. “To see you all here and to have the opportunity to hear about the great
work being done all over the world is truly a privilege.”
the place of street papers in the digital age, a central theme of this year’s
changing world, we’re going from print media to digital media and that
transaction is very important. We can take print media and turn it into digital
media but we’re not going to lose the fact that we’re actually working with and
for homeless people.
but still keeping the core mission which is helping homeless people?”
conferences, is keen to share his paper’s own ideas of how best to do this with
an app on the way that lets readers locate their nearest vendor and buy an
online version of the magazine.
and getting to know them and learn from their experience, that’s really
important. We do have plans and we’re going to share them with friends,” he
year,” agreed Trudy Vlok of The Big Issue South Africa. “It
is an amazing opportunity to get together with colleagues who operate in a
similar space, very often in different political and social climates, and talk
through the challenges, to look at solutions and to, honestly, just really show
support of the work we’re doing.”
back at INSP’s history as it celebrates its 20th anniversary, now with 123
street papers in 41 countries around the world, but warned that there is still
much to be done.
solved the problem,” he said. “We have more and more homeless people in our
countries and the gap between the rich and the poor is higher than ever. But we
are part of the solution.
create a new vision to change the world.”