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INSP Awards: The Best Photo Nominees for 2017 are here!

Our snap-happy street papers have offered up hundreds of impressive images this year, and we’ve got the top ten all developed and ready to go!

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October global street paper covers get scary

Between Halloween and Trump, there’s a frighteneing vibe on this month’s international street paper covers. Thank god for Street Cat Bob…

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Our vendors: Mark Irvine (Megaphone, Vancouver, Canada)

Megaphone vendor Mark Irvine says at 65 his new life goal is ‘learning how to live’, after a troubled past involving problems with drugs and alcohol, and time in prison.

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“Mum was always there for me”: Megaphone vendor Bob Dennis

Norah Winnifred Parlett was a spy in WWII, and a the main breadwinner for her five kids. Her son, Megaphone vendor Bob, talks about their complicated history and the love they share.

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From stapled photocopies to award-winning magazines: Megaphone’s departing leader shares a decade of street paper insight

As Megaphone boss Sean Condon says goodbye to the street paper network, he tells us what he’s learned from 10 years at the Vancouver magazine. A behind-the-scenes must-read for street paper fans. 

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“How do you plan to work with homeless people?” Canadian vendors grill Victoria Mayor

In a challenging and revealing interview with Megaphone vendors, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps pledges to balance the voices of homeless people with property developers – and discloses her favourite way to relax.

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Canadian street paper vendor urges war on homelessness

“After seven years of being homeless, I can see firsthand why everything is a mess – which inspired me to write this article.” Megaphone vendor Ron McGrath invites us all to solve homelessness together.

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Hard-hitting, striking… phizz-whizzing: it’s June’s street paper covers

A gloriumptious look at the world of Roald Dahl, a red-haired mischief-maker, a mafia flower plot and Yanis Varoufakis at the INSP Summit… explore June’s street paper covers.

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VIDEO: Emotional start to powerful INSP Talks in Athens

An emotional and inspiring start to the very first INSP Talks at the Global Street Paper Summit saw keynote speaker Cynthia Hellen and INSP delegates champion empowering vulnerable communities through sustainable and innovative social entrepreneurship.

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INSP Awards 2016 winners revealed in Athens

The winners of the INSP Awards 2016 were announced tonight in Athens during a glamorous celebration of excellence and innovation in street papers worldwide. Discover who took home the top awards.

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Athens welcomes international delegates to INSP Global Street Paper Summit

Against the odds, INSP was thrilled to launch the 2016 Global Street Paper Summit 2016 in Athens today alongside our co-hosts, Shedia. The city officially welcomed INSP’s 120 international delegates in the grand surrounding of Athens City Hall.

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INSP Awards: trailblazing finalists compete for Best Campaign

The entries in this year’s INSP Awards Best Campaign category have been innovative, powerful and trailblazing. Discover how our five finalists have been impacting change to support the most marginalised and vulnerable members of their communities.

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INSP Awards: meet the contenders for best street paper breakthrough

This category is always one of the most exciting, as it reflects the extraordinary gains and achievements of street papers worldwide. From an exclusive Papal audience to a sales-boosting, vendor-led edition; meet our five finalists.

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Outpouring of public support to help Megaphone “change the story on homelessness”

Overwhelming public support saw the Vancouver street paper raise enough money to fund an in-depth investigation into ending homelessness… in just 36 hours!

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TED Talks inspire Canadian vendor to discover art of redemption

Megaphone vendor Claude Ranville explains how a temporary job at TED Talks encouraged him to overcome his addictions by using art as a form of therapy

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Campaigning and celebrating with April’s street paper covers

The mood in the network feels celebratory this April, with some big anniversaries and some big names. Street paper covers applaud some true heroes – including Luke Skywalker, Korean escapees, and our vendors.

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Street paper calls for action after homeless deaths hit record high in B.C.

After recording a spike in “unnecessary” homeless deaths in British Columbia, Vancouver street paper Megaphone is taking the government to task. Executive director Sean Condon tells INSP more must be done to stop homelessness becoming “an early death sentence” for the province’s most vulnerable.

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INSP Awards: best cultural writing from street papers 2015/16

Johnny Rotten vies with Taylor Swift, Pixar takes on a former prima ballerina, and roller derby fans echo Gloria Steinem’s feminism… it can only be the best of street paper cultural reporting!

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March’s covers reveal the power of illustration

From fierce illustrations to wild covers, experience dozens of the world’s best street paper artwork from the last month.

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Rock gods to proud vendors: February’s street paper covers are out of this world

From rock gods to proud vendors, February’s street paper covers featured lots of fascinating and inspiring people. Explore the world’s street papers here.

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A legal heroin prescription saved me

Heroin is illegal in Canada, but as part of a radical new study, the government gave special dispensation for a study in Vancouver to prescribe the drug to people with chronic addiction. Megaphone vendor Spike explains how a heroin prescription saved his life.

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The Catalyst for change: new street paper launches in the US

“We want to be the change agent in people’s lives and propel them forward,” says founder of US’s newest street paper in Lowell, MA.

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World’s street papers celebrate #VendorWeek 2016

It’s only Day 2 and INSP’s fourth international #VendorWeek is already in full swing. Here’s how dozens of street papers are joining the celebration worldwide.

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Street paper convert starts documentary mission

A passionate street paper convert, explains how a meeting with a Real Change vendor, and volunteering at INSP’s Global Street Paper Summit in Seattle, has inspired him to undertake a creative journey.

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Canadian street paper Megaphone kicks off 2016 with record sales boost

Megaphone’s Christmas edition smashed sales record: “This success is really a reflection of how hard vendors work and what they mean to their customers.”

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Vendors celebrate Christmas across the world

Our street paper members are all over the world. Here is how some vendors are spending Christmas at their street paper.

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Street papers have Christmas wrapped up with festive projects

From special editions and calendars to funky bespoke gift wrap, we discover how street papers around the world are helping vendors increase their Christmas sales, give thanks to their customers and to truly enjoy the festive season.

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Check out December’s festive street papers!

We’ve got Santas galore on this month’s covers! Plus lots of kitties, gingerbread houses, elves, snowmen… and glitter.

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Our Vendors: Megaphone’s Vendor of the Year, Eric, Vancouver

“I have many loyal customers. They mean everything. Without them, it wouldn’t work,” said Eric who sells Megaphone in Vancouver, Canada. He recently won vendor of the year for his work in the community , awarded to him by his readers.

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My gender transition while homeless in Vancouver

Megaphone vendor Charlize Gordon writes about her gender transition while staying in shelters and subsidised housing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. “Sometimes on the streets I would have insults hurled at me. Other times ignorant men would physically attack me. I don’t take it personally, because they have no idea what I am going through.”

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Joy and reflection as Vancouver’s Megaphone launches new Hope in Shadows calendar

The launch of the calendar was a time for joy – and sadness, as the team found out that Alkina, pictured here in a photo from the calendar, had just passed away.

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Check out these amazing street paper covers from September

INSP supports more than 100 street papers across the world. Here are a selection of our favourite international covers over the last month…

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There’s an app for that: mobile tech helps customers find street paper vendors in Canada and Greece

We use our mobile phones to find the nearest train station, shop, bar or hotel – but what if you could also use it to find your nearest street paper vendor? In two cities, thousands of miles apart, you can now do just that with Megaphone and Shedia’s vendor finder apps.

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Our Vendors: Sang (Megaphone – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

Sang, one of Megaphone’s most promising new vendors in Victoria, British Columbia, recently reconnected with his family in Afghanistan after a 40-year absence. Now, he’s trying to help them by securing medical supplies to be donated to their rural hospital. This is his story.

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Megaphone vendor Suzanne throws the first pitch

Megaphone’s Suzanne Kilroy writes about throwing a strike for the Vancouver Canadians.

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Ryan Knighton: “The cure for blindness is telling it”

Ryan Knighton was 18 years old when he was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disorder and started losing his sight. He began writing poetry as a means of making sense of his experiences. “I had this profound experience, that by telling what happened to me it made it better,” he says. Now 43, the accomplished Canadian author and poet shares his thoughts on the healing potential of the written word with Austin Chisholm, one of his former students.

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Our vendors: Hendrik Beune – Megaphone, Vancouver

“I do a lot of different things that keep me happy, healthy and busy in life. Megaphone‘s one of them, and it’s an important part of it,” says Hendrik Beune, who started selling the Vancouver […]