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The Blankfaces: The fashion label subverting the ‘bleeding heart’ of homelessness

The Blankfaces is a Glasgow-based social enterprise fashion label that works with people experiencing homelessness on design ideas to create stylish streetwear with a message. INSP spoke to its founder Gerard McKenzie-Govan about the impetus behind the business and giving an outlet for the homeless community’s creative spirit.

Street Soccer Scotland’s David Duke: “The long term plan is no homelessness in Scotland, and I totally back that”

This year, Scotland is the place to be for charities, social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven businesses. The INSP Talks, an event at The Lighthouse as part of the INSP Global Street Paper Summit, hosted in Glasgow this week, will be dedicated to the country’s social business scene, as well as showcase social enterprises run by street papers. In addition, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), an international gathering for people involved in social enterprises across the planet to come together, share ideas and learn from each other about the future of their sector, is being hosted in Edinburgh in September. As a media partner for the SEWF, INSP is bringing you a series of conversations conducted with the folks behind some of the brightest social businesses involved in the event. David Duke has first-hand experience of what it’s like to be homeless and a lack of purpose, he says, can keep a person from finding their way out of a desperate situation. His organisation, Street Soccer Scotland, gives them an opportunity to find that purpose.

Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency, Susan Aktemel’s Homes for Good, five years on

This year, Scotland is the place to be for charities, social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven businesses. The INSP Talks, an event at The Lighthouse as part of the INSP Global Street Paper Summit, hosted in Glasgow this week, will be dedicated to the country’s social business scene, as well as showcase social enterprises run by street papers. In addition, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), an international gathering for people involved in social enterprises across the planet to come together, share ideas and learn from each other about the future of their sector, is being hosted in Edinburgh in September. As a media partner for the SEWF, INSP is bringing you a series of conversations conducted with the folks behind some of the brightest social businesses involved in the event. Here, we talk to Susan Aktemel, the director of Homes for Good, Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency.

Celia Hodson’s social enterprise Hey Girls is getting people talking about periods

This year, Scotland is the place to be for charities, social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven businesses. The INSP Talks, an event at The Lighthouse as part of the INSP Global Street Paper Summit, hosted in Glasgow this week, will be dedicated to the country’s social business scene, as well as showcase social enterprises run by street papers. In addition, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), an international gathering for people involved in social enterprises across the planet to come together, share ideas and learn from each other about the future of their sector, is being hosted in Edinburgh in September. As a media partner for the SEWF, INSP is bringing you a series of conversations conducted with the folks behind some of the brightest social businesses involved in the event. In this feature, we speak to Celia Hodson about how her social enterprise, Hey Girls, is tackling period poverty through quality products and getting people talking.

Learning to remember: In conversation with Robbie Norval, founder of Glasgow social enterprise Lingo Flamingo

This year, Scotland is the place to be for charities, social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven businesses. The INSP Talks, an event at The Lighthouse as part of the INSP Global Street Paper Summit, hosted in Glasgow this week, will be dedicated to the country’s social business scene, as well as showcase social enterprises run by street papers. In addition, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), an international gathering for people involved in social enterprises across the planet to come together, share ideas and learn from each other about the future of their sector, is being hosted in Edinburgh in September. As a media partner for the SEWF, INSP is bringing you a series of conversations conducted with the folks behind some of the brightest social businesses involved in the event. In this instalment, we speak to Robbie Norval, founder of Lingo Flamingo, a social enterprise that teaches foreign languages to older adults as an innovative way of tackling dementia and brain ageing.

Drunk on making a difference: An interview with Alan Mahon, founder of social enterprise craft beer Brewgooder

This year, Scotland is the place to be for charities, social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven businesses. The INSP Talks, an event at The Lighthouse as part of the INSP Global Street Paper Summit, hosted in Glasgow this week, will be dedicated to the country’s social business scene, as well as showcase social enterprises run by street papers. In addition, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), an international gathering for people involved in social enterprises across the planet to come together, share ideas and learn from each other about the future of their sector, is being hosted in Edinburgh in September. As a media partner for the SEWF, INSP is bringing you a series of conversations conducted with the folks behind some of the brightest social businesses involved in the event. First up, an interview with Alan Mahon, founder of Brewgooder, a craft beer brand with the mission of unlocking clean water for a million people.

#VendorWeek 2018: More than a magazine

To celebrate #VendorWeek 2018, The Big Issue Australia took an in depth look at the ways street papers around the world are creating extra employment opportunities for the people who need them most. And what better way to learn about them than from the people who are employed by and benefit from them. Social enterprises featured in the article come from these INSP members: The Big Issue Australia, =Oslo, The Curbside Chronicle, Shedia and L’Itinéraire.

=Oslo makes jump from journalism to coffee by opening café to support vendors

Norwegian street paper =Oslo has always been more than just a street paper, but now, after two years of preparation, =Kaffe, a trendy coffee bar in the heart of the country’s capital, has opened. The paper’s team believe this new endeavour will work in the same spirit as its parent publication.

Edinburgh Tool Library: improving lives by changing the drill of community sharing

From a TARDIS’ on Edinburgh’s famous Leith Walk to award-winning sustainable business, Edinburgh Tool Library is one of Scotland’s social enterprise stories of the year

EmergencyBnB: can the sharing economy be a caring economy?

Washington D.C social entrepreneur Amr Arafa’s EmergencyBnB is more than just AirBnB with a twist. It’s offering hope to refugees and victims of domestic violence.

Success of unique cooperative newspaper proves “truth still sells” in Greece

How many journalists does it take to produce one of Greece’s most trusted and successful daily newspapers? The editor of Efimerida ton Syntakton (The Journalists’ Paper) explains how his unique cooperative of over 100 journalists is thriving in Greece.

Grassroots social enterprises in Athens help feed Greeks on the breadline

Across Greece, many people rely on grassroots organisations to put food on their tables. Today at the INSP Summit, we heard how three leading social enterprises – Wise Greece, Boroume and Myrtillo – are making a difference.

Meet our Summit hosts Shedia: the raft keeping Greece’s poor and homeless afloat

In two weeks’ time, delegates from around the world will gather in Athens for the INSP Global Street Paper Summit, co-hosted by Greek street paper, Shedia. We caught up with founder Christos and vendor Lefteris to discover how Shedia continues to keep hope afloat in Greece.

Guitars for Good hits right note with music classes for vendor’s kids in Cape Town

Leroy Glam discovers why getting free guitar lessons for their children is music to Big Issue vendors’ ears in Cape Town, South Africa.

Designer boost for Homeless World Cup from social business T-shirt firm

Homeless World Cup fans can now display their support for the tournament, whilst raising money to support its work, with designer T-shirts from social business Hopeful Traders. PLUS! Find out what the tournament will look like in Glasgow.

Crack + Cider to help thousands of rough sleepers in London keep warm this winter

“The world’s first shop for rough sleepers” has brought in thousands of pound’s worth of warm clothes to go to people on London’s streets. The controversial Crack + Cider store is one of a new wave of projects that aim to take a direct approach to tackling homelessness. It has sparked a debate on the best ways to help rough sleepers.

Scotland confirmed as social enterprise leader in first census

Scotland’s first-ever social enterprise survey (in which INSP participated) were released last week, during the CEIS annual conference in Glasgow.

The service keeping Australia’s homeless in clean clothes

“This isn’t just about washing clothes, it’s a catalyst for conversation,” says the co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry about Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless, in an interview with INSP.

Poster star Munich vendors fight the dark side

Street paper vendors in Munich became the heroes of a striking advertising campaign this summer, as their paper BISS teamed up with creative agency Conrad Caine.