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INSP Awards: Best Vendor Contribution 2017 Nominees

The final set of nominees are here – have a look to see who’s made the top ten in the Best Vendor Contribution category.

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Vendor wishes: “I got to learn how to deal with Trump”

For New Year’s Eve, we have a bumper series of vendor wishes to share from StreetWise in Chicago.

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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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Prophets of Rage to Bridget Jones – September street paper supporters

There’s support from big name stars featured on this month’s covers – but also stark reminders of why street papers are so necessary for homeless people.

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“I owe them so much” – Chicago street paper’s jobs programme changes lives

Former StreetWise vendor Don Smith came in the door of the street paper “not homeless but hopeless”. He credits the organisation and their Transitional Jobs Programme with turning his life around. Now he volunteers every lunchtime as a mentor to current vendors.

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Olympic fever gripped world’s street papers this August

August’s street paper covers have the Olympic spirit, featuring ‘cuddly lawnmowers’, a homeless wedding, Steven Spielberg, and a cheeky little bit of rickrolling.

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Sizzling summer street paper covers are animal mad!

Soak up a summery selection of animal-mad street paper covers with pugs, wolves, chickens, seagulls and crabs – plus Pikachu and the fish star of Finding Dory.

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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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INSP Awards: shortlisted street papers vie for Best Project prize

From music festivals and fundraising albums putting vendors in the spotlight, to fresh approaches to securing them full time employment, our Best Project finalists reflect the extraordinary innovation and creativity our street papers are known for worldwide.

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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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INSP Awards: discover the top 10 street paper covers for 2015/16

From the political to the cultural – and Beyoncé to Jesus Christ – the range of hard-hitting and beautiful covers nominated for the INSP Awards underscores the creativity in our network.

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Our vendors: Tony Landers (StreetWise, Chicago, USA)

Tony Landers sells StreetWise in Chicago. He is struggling to get an apartment that can accommodate his grandchildren, yet he stays optimistic: “I have an income and I’m saving money, with that I can afford an apartment.”

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INSP Awards: best street paper design of 2015/16 revealed

All this week, we reveal the longlisted entries for the editorial categories of the INSP Awards. Today we unveil the top ten in the Best Design category.

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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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Starting 2016 with street papers: January’s covers collected

Haruki Murakami, Beyonce and Bowie all graced January editions of street papers.

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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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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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INSP Advent Calendar: day five

Feeling Christmassy yet? Count down to Christmas with StreetWise vendor Russell and #INSPadvent! Open today’s advent calendar window now…

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#GivingTuesday: antidote to Black Friday boosts street papers

Can #GivingTuesday combat the shopping frenzy of Black Friday & Cyber Monday… and boost street paper sales? We investigate.

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Explore dozens of this month’s brilliant street paper covers

The Pope, Bond, Naomi Klein, great illustrations… and a blue wolf. It must be November’s street paper covers.

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Chicago’s StreetWise celebrates Vendor of the Year, unveils film

Check out StreetWise’s excellent new video, starring Vendor of the Year Russell Adams.

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Our Vendors: Sera Allen (StreetWise, Chicago, USA)

Sera says that her customers have made her feel wanted, when she was otherwise unwanted.