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Helsinki street paper takes kangaroo leaps on INSP learning programme

Finland’s Iso Numero – one of the youngest of the world’s 110 street papers – spent a week in March learning from The Big Issue Australia, as part of INSP’s Intensive Learning Programme. They reflect on their lessons learned.

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“This opportunity is thrilling” – INSP’s new Intensive Learning Programme kicks off

Participants about to set off on international placement scheme to strengthen street papers and share ideas.

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Big love in Oz: vendor Trevor gives thanks for his second chance at true romance

This Valentine’s Day, read about how Trevor and Ellen have The Big Issue Australia to thank for bringing them together for a second chance at big love.

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#VendorWeek interview: Mark and Ann share vendor life in Melbourne and Denver

Vendors Mark and Ann shared their first ever Skype chat in honour of #VendorWeek and found out they have more in common than they first expected.

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#VendorWeek: vendors share what makes their part of the world unique

From Melbourne to Denver, Taipei to Athens, vendors across the globe share what it’s like to sell a street paper in their city… and so much more.

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Business leaders and politicians to sell The Big Issue in Australia

For #VendorWeek, more than 100 senior business leaders and politicians will sell Australia’s The Big Issue to raise awareness of the country’s 500+ street paper sellers.

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Vendor wishes: “I want my daughter to be able to visit me”

In 2017, Craig aims to get a two-bedroom place so his daughter can come to visit him. She hasn’t been able to in the rooming house he currently lives in.

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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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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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Our vendors: Peter (The Big Issue, Perth, Australia)

Peter makes a living selling The Big Issue Australia in Perth. He is hoping to make a trip back to the States were he was born but says he will miss his loyal customers when he’s away.

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“I am struck by the passion, creativity and care that powers the street paper project”

On her last day, INSP intern Francesca Harrington-Edmans looks back at the insights she’s gained from her experience of the street paper movement.

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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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How Housing First helped Utah nearly eliminate chronic homelessness

The concept of Housing First sounds either bleeding obvious or bleeding heart, depending on your perspective. But in Utah it’s changing lives – and saving public money.

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“Aussie team spirit” for Big Issue’s Socceroos at Homeless World Cup

In the midst of the tournament, we learn how The Big Issue Australia helped seven players bring the infectious “Aussie team spirit” to the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. The experience has already rendered goalkeeper Shannon “speechless”.

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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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Street paper vendors among hundreds of Homeless World Cup players heading to Glasgow

The Homeless World Cup kicks off in Glasgow on Sunday – we caught up with some of the players who are also street paper vendors.

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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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INSP Awards: meet our finalists for Best Vendor Contribution to a street paper

From an insight into life on the streets to a gripping personal account of the Gulf War, discover our six finalists for Best Vendor Contribution in this year’s INSP Awards.

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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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Our vendors: Simon (The Big Issue Australia, Adelaide, Australia)

“The best thing about The Big Issue is being able to eat every day, and that it is flexible – you can set your own hours.” Simon sells the Big Issue Australia in Adelaide.

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VIDEO: World’s vendors say Happy 20th Birthday to The Big Issue Australia

Vendors from around the world joined a host of high-profile supporters this week to help The Big Issue Australia celebrate its 20th anniversary in a very special video.

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Our vendors: Kim (The Big Issue Australia, Perth)

Kim has spent a large part of her life suffering from a drug addition and abusive relationships but The Big Issue Australia has helped her turn her life around.

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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: Street paper vendors’ writing, art and photography vies for international prize

Street paper vendors face multiple barriers to having to their voice heard, but INSP street papers are a powerful platform. These are some of the best vendor contributions in the last year.

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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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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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World’s street papers celebrate landmark anniversaries in 2016

From a first birthday to 25 glorious years in print, find out why 2016 promises to be a big year for celebrating our street paper family.

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Early birds from 10 countries snap up places at 2016 Global Street Paper Summit

Delegates from 10 countries are already registered to attend the international gathering of street papers in Athens – the only event of its kind in the world.

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Why Australia (and the world) needs to invest in affordable housing, not defence

The Big Issue Australia Editor Alan Attwood has a modest proposal to solve homelessness – spend less on defence and more on housing.

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INSP Advent Calendar: day 20

#INSPadvent: Take a moment away from wrapping presents to read Alan’s moving story of how The Big Issue Australia changed his life!

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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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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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Big Issue’s subscription scheme celebrates five years helping homeless women in Australia

Today marks five years since The Big Issue Australia launched its Women’s Subscription Enterprise (WSE). INSP finds out how they celebrated with The Big Shift, and how the innovative project continues to help homeless women across Australia.

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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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David Bowie Is: show thanks Big Issue vendors

Big Issue vendors put on their red shoes and danced the blues at the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition in Melbourne last week, after the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) offered them free passes.

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Poverty kills: a memorial service for homeless Australians

A memorial service was recently held in Melbourne, Australia, for those who died while homeless. Big Issue vendor and contributor Mariann Biron pays her respects in this poignant and powerful piece that reflects on the stark reality that poverty kills.

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Our vendors: Renae – The Big Issue Australia, Adelaide

Renae lives by her personal motto: “keep moving forward, don’t let anything hold you back”.

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“The Big Issue, no matter where you buy it, is a magazine like no other”

To mark international #VendorWeek, Melissa Cranenburgh, Associate Editor of The Big Issue Australia, writes about the importance of the street paper movement, what she learned on a visit to Big Issue offices in Japan and […]