INSP Awards: Announcing the Best Partnership 2019 Finalists

It’s time to reveal the final set of 2019 INSP Awards Finalists, with the Top 6 entries up for our new award honouring Best Partnership.

This Award recognises a successful partnership between a street paper and another organisation(s). It could be a collaboration with a healthcare or service provider to improve the lives of vendors, or with a private sector organisation providing pro bono support.

The Finalists, listed below, now go forward to our judging panel to select a winner.

Winners are revealed during the INSP Awards Ceremony held as part of the Global Street Paper Summit in Hannover, Germany, on Wednesday 19 June.

We’ve also launched the People’s Cover Award voting, where – for the first time – the public have the chance to choose an INSP Award winner. Cast your vote now!

The Finalists:

1. Hus Forbi, Denmark

Welcome inside Fakta

Danish supermarket Fakta offered Hus Forbi the chance to become a donation recipient of their bottle dispensary scheme, where customers return plastic bottles and receive a pay-out or donate the cash to good causes. The money raised has allowed Hus Forbi to increase distribution support, reduce the cost price of the paper for vendors, and provide vendors with winter clothing. Vendors were also permitted to sell within Fakta’s stores.

2. L’Itinéraire, Canada

L’Itinéraire and Talsom hold a Design Thinking Jam

L’Itinéraire joined forces with digital transformation firm Talsom to go through a comprehensive Design Thinking process, in order to help them deal with the reality of digital content consumption and its impact on street paper sales. Together they held a ‘Design Thinking Jam’ – a series of workshops involving ideation and prototyping to come up with workable solutions for further development.

3. Liceulice, Serbia

Theatre is my house, too

A partnership between Liceulice and Zvezdara Theatre in Belgrade, aiming to immerse vendors in theatre life and experience a different side to Serbia’s cultural scene. Vendors were able to watch plays with friends and family, sell the paper before the shows, mingle with actors in the theatre café, and write reviews that are published in the magazine; all of which empowered them both economically and socially.

4. Mi Valedor, Mexico


Mi Valedor aims to facilitate 3-4 ‘health days’ a year, to ensure vendors are taking an interest in their own health and wellbeing. One regular health day partnership is an annual eye test with Escópica. For vendors, it’s an experience that goes beyond the appointment itself: they are treated to coffee and cake, engaged in conversation and given frames to complement their face. The experience is a strong boost for their self-confidence and image.

5. StreetWise, USA

Give A Shi*t Pop-Up

StreetWise teamed up with Daily Planet Productions and 15 local artists to sell limited edition t-shirts during the holiday season through a Pop-Up Shop, with 100 percent of every sale going to StreetWise and their vendors. Vendors were able to work in the shop and sell the t-shirts themselves. Each t-shirt was sold for $25, and there were also branded tote bags, notebooks, posters and towels produced to sell.

6. The Curbside Chronicle, USA

OKC Streetcar Launch

EMBARK – Oklahoma City’s public transit operator – approached The Curbside Chronicle about partnering for the opening of the city’s new Streetcar system. Their December 2018 issue became the official programme of the OKC Streetcar launch, complete with a route map and a schedule of festivities for the opening weekend. Vendors were paid an hourly living wage to hand out copies of the special edition to all riders at each of the Streetcar stops.


Take a look at all the Finalists for the 2019 INSP Awards, and use the hashtag #INSPAwards on social media to congratulate them!

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