The time has nearly come to crown our champions in the 2017 INSP Awards, but we have one more set of finalists to announce before next week’s glitzy ceremony.
The Best Project award recognises the best of the non-street paper innovations that our network have facilitated in the past year.
Our five finalists are presented below, and went forward to face our esteemed panel of judges who had the unenviable task of selecting a winner. The victorious project will be announced next week as part of the awards ceremony at the Global Street Paper Summit in Manchester.
Be sure to read up on all our finalists announced over the past fortnight, and we look forward to announcing all our winners in just a few days’ time.
For the past five years, Street Roots has hosted a weekly creative writing group of vendors. Inspired by the writing many of the vendors were creating, the vision of publishing a biannual zine of their work was born. The zine is composed entirely of vendor writing and hits the streets during the holiday season and again in the spring. It provides an additional source of income for the vendors – they purchase zines for $1 and sell them for $4, keeping the profit. It is estimated that over $15,000 was put into the pockets of vendors.
Digital Hope Training
Digital Hope is a digital training programme to equip street sense vendors with skills to be competitive in the fourth industrial revolution. The class is based on teaching students a core competency in a digital area with a certificate and client based project work to help build their profile and work experience. The digital areas are based on top skills demanded in the current and future job market such as online marketing and web development.
Voter Activation Project
Street Sheet developed a Voter Activation Project to help educate San Franciscans about the needs of those sleeping on the streets, and inspire them to vote for measures that secured funding for ending homelessness. An 8-page Street Sheet-style Voter Guide was created, including input, artwork, and messaging from over twenty homeless service organizations, Street Sheet vendors, and homeless people. Throughout the course of the election season, more than 50,000 copies reached San Francisco homes. Additionally, several voter registration drives were also held.
EatWise is a column that began in mid-2015, combining the entertainment value of restaurant reviews with the perspectives and personal stories of our vendors. Not only does EatWise give the vendors a chance to have a nice meal, but it gives them a chance to tell their story, all the while placing businesses in a charitable and community conscious light. Because of this, the bonds between the business and the vendor have become so much stronger, helping the vendor to connect to the community as a whole.
Valentine’s Day Flowers
The Curbside Chronicle teamed up with local florist, The Plant Shoppe, to create special Valentine’s Day bouquets that were sold to the public by Curbside vendors. In 2016, the campaign was limited to only a few vendors as a pilot. Because of positive feedback from the community, the campaign expanded for 2017. Curbside vendors were employed to put together 1,000 floral bouquets. Vendors sold out completely on Valentine’s Day and Curbside are looking to further expand the campaign next year.