Global Street Paper Summit

The 2022 Summit will be held in Milan from Monday 12 to Friday 16 September in partnership with Scarp de’ tenis

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Our international Summit is the only forum where street paper staff can meet with colleagues from around the world to learn from each other, share experience and form partnerships. It has been the backdrop of many innovations, including the Homeless World Cup, which started after a meeting at the 2001 Cape Town conference.

Delegates at the 2019 Summit. Photo: Sebastian Sellhorst.

For many street papers operating in isolation with limited resources, the Summit provides vital inspiration, motivation, ideas and support. The Summit also allows INSP the opportunity to gather information from our members and work on network-wide projects.

INSP works hard to raise funds to support travel bursaries and secure pro bono support, sponsorship and discounts to ensure the delegate fee is affordable to our members in 35 different countries. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email us.

INSP Summits 1995 – 2019

From humble beginnings back in 1995, the INSP Summit has grown bigger and more international each year. The highlight of the street paper calendar, it brings together the network to strengthen our connections, share our knowledge and celebrate our successes.

Scroll down to go back in time with the INSP Summits and Conferences – all the way back to our first gathering.

Global Street Paper Summit: Hannover 2019

Hannover, Germany
18-20 June 2019
Co-host: Asphalt

INSP partnered with Asphalt to bring the Summit to Hannover in Germany, to celebrate the 25th anniversaries of both INSP and Asphalt.

INSP’s history was explored with the session ‘INSP at 25: In Conversation with Mel Young and Fay Selvan’, with a look back from INSP’s first and current Chairs, and discussion about where the street paper movement will go from here. Keynote addresses also came from social entrepreneur Orit Kopel and social media analyst Ray Serrato.

INSP Talks returned, this year with a theme of technology and innovation. And the ninth INSP Awards were celebrated, with a jovial Awards Ceremony.

Delegates from 50 street papers in 25 countries attended #INSP2019, and you can read the highlights from the Summit here.

With thanks to: Asphalt; BISS; Glasgow City Council; The Scottish Government; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit und Gleichstellung; Region Hannover; Landeshauptstadt Hannover; Hannover Marathon; The University of Edinburgh; FreshSight; Turn Klubb zu Hannover; Pro Beruf and 999 Design.

Global Street Paper Summit: Glasgow 2018

Glasgow, UK
21-23 August 2018

In August 2018, the Summit returned to INSP’s home city of Glasgow.

The Summit hosted keynote addresses from journalist and activist Sunny Hundal, and researcher and academic Suzanne Fitzpatrick. INSP Talks returned for a third year, this time focused on social enterprise around the world. And the 2018 INSP Awards were presented at the universally-enjoyed Awards Ceremony.

Delegates from 43 street papers in 26 countries attended #INSP2018, and you can read our full coverage of the event day-by-day here.

With thanks to: Surprise, Satila Foundation, Glasgow City Council, The Scottish Government, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Crowne Plaza Glasgow, The Big Issue (UK), The Lighthouse, Invisible Glasgow and BBC Scotland.

Global Street Paper Summit: Manchester 2017

Manchester, UK
22-24 August 2017
Co-host: Big Issue North

In August 2017, INSP partnered with Big Issue North to bring the Summit to Manchester in the UK.

127 delegates attended from 54 street papers, in 28 countries – the highest number of delegates at a Summit to date.

The Summit hosted keynote addresses from epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson and economist Neil McInroy. The popular INSP Talks returned, as well as the numerous break-out sessions to delve deep into the anatomy of what it takes to make a street paper run successfully. And, of course, we celebrated the winners of the hotly-contested 2017 INSP Awards.

Read our full coverage of the event, including videos, here.

2017 Summit Delegates

With thanks to: Big Issue North, BISS, Glasgow City Council, The Scottish Government, Manchester City Council, Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Bridgewater Hall, Jurys Inn, The Real Junk Food Project and Marketing Manchester.

Global Street Paper Summit: Athens 2016

Athens, Greece
14-16 June 2016
Co-host: Shedia

In June 2016, INSP partnered with Greek street paper Shedia to bring the INSP Summit to Athens.

120 delegates attended from 59 street papers, in 30 countries.

Over the three-day event the programme focused on a range of topics that are particularly relevant to street papers.

The Summit also hosted keynote addresses from Yanis Varoufakis and veteran Greek journalist Nicholas Voulelis. The first INSP Talks lifted the lid on excellent street paper projects – and we celebrated the winners of the 2016 INSP Awards.

Read our full coverage of the event, including videos, here.

Sponsors: Onassis Cultural Centre, Ethniki Asfalisti Conference Center, Shedia, BISS, Eko, InterAmerican, City of Athens, Goethe Institut, US Embassy Athens, British Embassy Athens, British Council.

INSPired Together: Global Street Paper Summit 2015

Seattle, USA
24-26 June 2015
Co-host: Real Change

In 2015, INSP partnered with Seattle’s Real Change for our first ever Summit in the USA. Street paper innovators from all over the world congregated to share success stories and plan for the future.

Following on from INSP’s successful 20th anniversary event in Glasgow, the 2015 event featured more sessions than ever before. Parallel programmes focused on strategy & business development; editorial & design; fundraising & marketing; and vendors, support and homelessness.

It also featured fact-finding visits to homelessness projects in Seattle, top external speakers, and a benefit concert at the city’s legendary venue, The Crocodile.

Sponsors: BISS, Real Change, Wyncote Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Seattle University.

2014: INSPiring change for 20 years

Glasgow, UK
12-15 August 2014
Co-host: The Big Issue UK

Taking place just after the Commonwealth Games came to Glasgow, INSP’s 2014 gathering continued the buzz with an interactive programme that debuted the now-popular Knowledge Cafe format. The resulting open and creative conversations went on the drive INSP strategy.

Coinciding with INSP’s 20th Anniversary, the event culminated in a celebratory gala dinner – and some traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing. Read Tim Harris’ celebratory address here.

Sponsors: BISS, The Big Issue, Crowne Plaza Glasgow, PwC, Kibble, British Council Scotland, Aye Write! Festival, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Newsquest Herald & Times Group.

Delegate bursary support:
Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Nuremberg City Council, Glasgow City Council, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UK, British Embassy in Bratislava, British Embassy in Ljubljana.

2013: INSPiring street papers in a changing world

29 July – 1 August 2013
Munich, Germany
Co-host: BISS

In 2013, BISS vendors welcomed INSP delegates to their very sunny hometown with an alternative city tour that aims to break down misconceptions about poverty and homelessness. There was also a screening of documentary film Hotel BISS – Vision einer Bürgerbewegungwhich told the story of the street paper’s attempt to turn a former women’s prison into a social enterprise luxury hotel.

Highlights of the programme included examinations of how street papers could update their business models; of how street papers should react to the digital age and of the effect of the global economic crisis on the demographic make up of our vendors.

Sponsors: BISS, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, PwC, British Council Scotland, Thomson Reuters, Aye Write! Festival, Color Gruppe.

Delegate bursary support:
British Council Serbia; British Council Germany; Counsel General of the Slovak Republic in Munich; Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Lisbon; Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Tokyo; Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Moscow; Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Foreign Office.

2011: The Street Paper Success Story: The Next Chapter

19-22 July 2011
Glasgow, UK

The theme of the 2011 conference, The Street Paper Success Story: The Next Chapter, inspired us all to think about where we go next and how to stay ahead of the game. Around 80 delegates from 29 countries attended the event, along with high profile workshop leaders and guests from the UK and international media, government and business.

The conference hosted the opening of the Eyes of the Street vendor photography exhibition, which was produced from a collaboration between renowned photographer David Burnett and The Big Issue’s vendors. Read more about the project here.

Crowne Plaza Glasgow, Open Society Foundations, BISS, British Council Scotland, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Glasgow City Council, Ministry of Tourism in Quebec, British Embassy Belgrade, The Annie Lennox Foundation, Ubuntu, Colombian Embassy in the UK, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, British High Commission in Malawi

‘Eyes of the Street’ Photography Project sponsors & partners:
Photographers For Hope, Awards for All Scotland (Big Lottery Fund), Scottish Community Foundation, BBC Scotland, Canon, SanDisk, Glasgow Libraries, Clydesdale Bank, The Russell Trust.

Awards sponsors:
Thomson Reuters, The Herald & Times Group, Aye Write! Festival.

2010: Global Collaboration – Real Solutions

17-20 May 2010
Melbourne, Australia
Co-host: The Big Issue Australia

Delegates came together in the land down under to present their inspirational ideas and visions for our collective future. Among the most significant of these was the launch of the brand new INSP News Service website, which allows for the sharing of stories and images across the network.

INSP was delighted to welcome 63 delegates from 25 countries to Melbourne. The Big Issue hosted a memorable evening meal, allowing global street paper staff to meet local vendors. And there was even time for some Aussie rules football.

Victorian Government, Ministry of Tourism in Quebec, The Big Issue Australia, Open Society Institute, Commonwealth Foundation, Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Australian Embassy in Japan, Origin Energy, BISS, Atlantis Hotel & Conference Centre.

2009: 15 years on and stronger than ever – the future of global street papers

12-16 May 2009
Bergen, Norway
Co-host: Megafon

The 14th annual INSP conference came at a very special time in the history of global street papers, as we joined together to
celebrate the 15th anniversary of our network. INSP was delighted to welcome 94 members from 29 countries to Bergen, for its longest ever four-day conference and networking event.



Sponsors: Megafon, Open Society Institute, Marthas, ALF, BISS, Baker Brun, Bergen Kommune, Norwegian Embassy, Scanner Grafisk, FERD, One Scotland (Scottish Government), Aibel, Fagforbundet, Hordaland, Fana Catering, Norad, Radisson Bergen, Bergen Reiselivslag, Stiftelsen Bergensklinikkene, LO, Husbanken, Street Noise, Bocca, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, Edvard Grieg Museum, Kirkens Bymisjon.

2008: Speaking From the Ground Up: Street Papers Challenging Global Perspectives on Poverty

19-21 June 2008
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Co-host: The Big Issue

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond welcomed members from 32 countries back to the home of INSP’s global headquarters. The undisputed highlight of the years conference was the first-ever INSP Awards, held in the grand surrounds of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Topics discussed included: the unique role of street papers in the Global South and how to engage street paper readers through campaigning & advocacy.

Sponsors: The Big Issue, BISS, Open Society Institute, Mitchell Library, Glasgow City Council, The Scottish Executive International Development Fund, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland Charities Aid Foundation.

2007: Street Papers: A United Voice Against Poverty

Sponsors: The Barka Foundation, The Batory Foundation, BISS, Charities Aid Foundation, European Union, Equal Project, Germany Embassy Poland, Open Society Institute, Office of the President of Poznan, The Scottish Executive International Development Fund, Mr John Studzinski, Vikings.

2006: Local and Global – Street Papers working together for positive social change

8-10 June 2006
Montréal, Canada
Co-host: L’Itinéraire

The 11th INSP conference in Montréal brought together, for the first time, members of INSP and the (now defunct) North American Street Newspaper Association (NASNA). The workshops and presentations focused on highlighting the growing gap between rich and poor, and the important role of street papers in diminishing these inequalities in our world.

INSP also presented an exhibition of street papers at the University of Quebec – A Picture of Poverty or Poverty in Pictures.

2005: International Media: The Need for an Alternative Voice

2-5 May 2005
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Co-host: Hecho en Bs. As.

The INSP conference examined the theme of press freedom. Street papers have the opportunity to offer up a real and truthful picture of the world we live in. The conference discussed ways to maximise the impact of street papers as independent media publications.

Delegates visited Hecho’s Puerto 21 art project and worked with local vendors to design a collective piece of art to symbolise freedom of expression and the importance of working together.

2004: Building on the Golden Scenario – Strong Papers-Strong Network

21-25 April 2004
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Co-host: The Big Issue in Scotland

INSP President (now President of the Homeless World Cup) Mel Young was reported that the first ever INSP office had been founded in Glasgow.

The previous year had also seen the first Homeless World Cup, held in Graz in July 2003 and the beginnings of a Global Street News Service, led jointly by NASNA and INSP.

2003: Golden Scenario for INSP

24-27 April 2003
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Co-host: Nový Prostor

Street paper delegates came together to discuss the ‘Golden Scenario for INSP’ which ultimately led to its development from a network to a charity with its own team, headquartered in Glasgow.

2002: Street papers: Consolidating through diversity

26-28 April 2002
Madrid, Spain
Co-host: Milhistorias

2001 INSP conference

2-4 March 2001
Cape Town, South Africa
Co-host: The Big Issue South Africa

It was at this conference that the idea for the Homeless World Cup was first conceived by The Big Issue in Scotland’s Mel Young and Megaphon‘s Harald Schmied.

That was during one of the INSP conferences’ famous late-night discussions. In addition, delegates paid visits to a variety of projects in and around Cape Town. They also heard a passionate speech from Dr. Zola Skweyiya, the South African Minister of Social Development.

2000 INSP conference

21-23 January 2000
Budapest, Hungary
Co-host: Flaszter

1998 INSP conference

26-29 November 1998
St Petersburg, Russia
Co-host: The Depths, now Put Domoi

1997 INSP conference

London, England
Host: The Big Issue

1996 INSP conference

London, England
Host: The Big Issue

1995 INSP conference

London, England
Host: The Big Issue

The first ever INSP conference was a meeting of European street papers to examine the future of street papers.