INSP Awards: Announcing the 2018 Best Project Finalists

Our penultimate set of Finalists to announce for the 2018 INSP Awards is in the Best Project category.

Many street paper organisations have diversified into further innovative projects, including street soccer, vendor tours, cafes, crafts, technological projects and more. This award recognises the best of these non-street paper innovations.

Winners are revealed during the INSP Awards Ceremony held as part of the Global Street Paper Summit in Glasgow, on Wednesday 22 August.

Have a look at the Finalists we’ve already announced, and read on to find out the Best Project Finalists…

The Finalists:

1. =Oslo / =Norge, Norway


=Oslo / =Norge launched a social enterprise coffee shop, =Kaffe, in 2017. Employees were recruited from the same drug scene in Oslo as most of their vendors, allowing them to make money through honest work and have more structure in their everyday lives: a springboard from the streets to the workplace. The opening was attended by the Norwegian Prime Minister, and =Kaffe has even become the subject of a TV documentary series.

2. Big Issue North, UK

Street Noise 2017

Street Noise was Big Issue North’s first major fundraising concert, held as part of the 2017 INSP Summit. Singer-songwriter Frank Turner was secured as the headline act. All 1,500 tickets to the gig were sold within a week, and 100% of the ticket sales were retained, raising a total of £35,000. Additional fundraising from merchandise sales and ‘text to donate’ flyers added another £3,000 to the total. Following the inaugural event’s success, Big Issue North plan to turn Street Noise into an ongoing series of concerts.

3. Hus Forbi, Denmark

Calendar Cookbook

Hus Forbi decided to produce a calendar cookbook, after seeing the impressive quality and quantity of food some of their rough-sleeping vendors can cook in the street with just camping equipment. They sourced recipes from vendors, collaborated with a professional chef to write them up, and took photos of the meals being prepared by the vendors. The recipes, photos and stories were produced in a calendar format, and sold by vendors alongside the magazine for additional income.

4. Megaphone, Canada

How to Save a Life: Front Line Stories from the Overdose Crisis 

Megaphone produced a series of free public events in neighbourhoods all over Vancouver, in response to Canada’s overdose crisis, which has seen a sharp increase in overdose-related fatalities. More than 450 attendees heard directly from people who use drugs and who have been on the front lines of peer response to the crisis, as well as equipping them on how to respond to an overdose victim. Megaphone plans to extend the project, to continue to challenge stigma and share the wisdom of those with lived experience.

5. Mi Valedor, Mexico

La Voz De La Calle

Mi Valedor taught classes on community radio to vendors, which resulted in the radio programme, ‘La Voz De La Calle’. Vendors tell their stories, play music they like, speak to the listeners and interview people. The programme helps vendors to change the perception of those who live on the streets, and boosts the confidence of the vendors with a safe space to express their views. The show has enjoyed two successful seasons, and plans are afoot for more.


Take a look at the Finalists we’ve already announced for the INSP Awards 2018, and use the hashtag #INSPAwards on social media to congratulate them!