Firebrand Greek economist and leading US social entrepreneur to address Global Street Paper Summit

Former Greek finance minister and hero of the anti-austerity left Yanis Varoufakis and globally-recognised, Peruvian-American entrepreneur Cynthia Hellen will address this year’s INSP Summit.

Hellen is the founder and CEO of SMPLCT Lab, a design firm devoted to using business for environmental and social change.

Both join previously announced speaker, veteran Greek journalist Nicholas Voulelis, as well as street paper experts from all over the world.

The programme for the Global Street Paper Summit was revealed today, ahead of the event in Athens next week.

This year’s INSP summit is co-hosted by Greek street paper Shedia.

“It is an honour to be taking part in this year’s Global Street Paper Summit,” said Hellen. “Having grown up in poverty, I have seen my parents and family members struggle emotionally, mentally, physically and financially; and endure inequality and injustice that as street vendors, entrepreneurs, hustlers, face on a daily basis, but yet still be able to believe that change can happen.

“This is everything that makes me proud of where I come from and who I am today.”

Yanis Varoufakis

Varoufakis said he wanted to use the summit as an opportunity to talk about how to end homelessness, adding that street papers have an important role in supporting people who are living in homelessness and poverty

“As long as the homeless remain at the heart of decision making and the whole project does not degenerate into yet another form of philanthropy,” he said.

“It is easy for us, from the comfort of our cosy homes, with our family, our social life, to offer words of solace to people living on the streets,” added the rebel economist.

“Our property is theft and our comforts a form of power abuse as long as there is even one person without a home, food, warmth and hope.”

Greece’s former finance minister has become a hero of the anti-austerity left after taking on the global banking system and the European political elite.

He has described the austerity measures imposed on his country as “fiscal waterboarding” and suggested that what Greece’s creditors were doing to the country amounted to “terrorism”.

He will discuss his takedown of Europe’s fiscal crisis and its flawed monetary system, ‘And the Weak Suffer What They Must?’

Explore the full programme here: