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.
Street Sense bring us a fascinating slice of street paper history in this interview with Wendy Oxenhorn, who founded the world’s first street paper in New York circa 1989. Her model inspired a global movement, which now numbers 112 publications in 35 countries, all supported by INSP.
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.
Surprise journalist Ana Felker meets with vendors and staff at Mi Valedor in Mexico City. She finds a team who are fighting for the opportunity to make a living, in a country where nearly half the population live in poverty.
A new street paper will launch in Romania this year to tackle poverty and corruption. Aaron Israelson, former editor of Swedish street paper Faktum, discusses his ambitious plans with INSP.
“I woke up, stumbled past 40,000 magazines into the kitchen and did what every Irish person does in a crisis: I made a cup of tea.” Sean Kavanagh reflects on the highs and lows of 15 years at Ireland’s Big Issue.
In a wonderful story celebrating the life-changing power of street papers, a father and daughter from Denmark explain how they were reunited at Christmas 2013 after 13 years apart, thanks to the Hus Forbi homeless calendar.
As Vienna’s street paper Augustin turns 20, INSP speaks to editor Lisa Bolyos about the highs and lows of the past two decades and celebrating their continuing mission with accordions, dancing, and cheap wine.
Russia’s Put Domoi celebrates 21 years in print and continuing support from their “unofficial fan club”.
“Usually people see the homeless as the ones who need help. We thought, what if we turn that upside down?”
After a funding shortfall, Street Speech in Columbus, Ohio has turned to crowdfunding so it can continue to support its vendors through winter. “We will do everything within our power to keep them employed,” editor Jess Peacock tells INSP.
Hollywood actor, Homeless World Cup Ambassador and street paper fan Colin Farrell made a surprise visit to the 2015 Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam to show his support and cheer on his home nation, Ireland.
During the INSP Global Street Paper 2015 in Seattle, Henrik Søndergaard Pedersen, who sells Hus Forbi in Copenhagen, Denmark, met Sharon Jones, a vendor for Seattle street paper Real Change to discuss the challenges and rewards of selling street papers.
Attacked by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab in his native Somalia, it was a miracle that Ali Nur Mohamed was not killed. He has found safety and hope selling Swiss street paper Surprise in Basel. He tells his story.
For marketeers and journalists, social media is now a day-to-day essential. Street paper staff learned how to best take advantage of social media to expand their influence and boost readership during #INSP2015.
The city of Seattle welcomes street paper delegates from around the world to toast the start of INSPired Together: Global Street Paper Summit 2015.
When Cyril Mylambiso started selling The Big Issue South Africa in Cape Town four years ago, he felt like a failure – now he is proud to have held down a job for so long.
Lice v lice vendors handed out free books from several Macedonian publishers to the first 100 readers that bought the magazine.
Henrieese Roberts sells American street paper Street Sense on the streets of Annapolis, Maryland. She is also a fierce advocate of HIV/AIDS awareness and policy reform.
“Now I know that this is a good and decent job and I had to put more effort into Lice v lice so that both the magazine and I would succeed.”
Being homeless “makes you count your blessings for the little things, just to wash, wash your teeth, take a shower. When you’re homeless, these things are all taken away from you.”
Renae lives by her personal motto: “keep moving forward, don’t let anything hold you back”.