A guerrilla awareness-raising campaign from The Contributor placed vendors behind office desks at their regular pitches across Nashville. The stunt hit home the point that vendors are microbusiness owners and their own bosses, not panhandlers looking for charity. The street paper’s #BossNotBum campaign was an instant success, and even trended on Twitter in Nashville. INSP speaks to Executive Director Brady Banks and vendor Clint about the campaign.
During the Global Street Paper Summit in Athens, Nicholas Voulelis, veteran journalist and editor of Efimerida ton Syntakton (The Journalists’ Paper) spoke about his unique newspaper, which is run as a cooperative of over 100 journalists. Now one of Greece’s most popular dailies, Ef Syn rose from the ashes of respected left-wing paper Eleftherotypia (meaning “freedom of the press”). Voulelis said the paper’s success is down to its honest and reliable reporting and unique cooperative structure. He also said there are many similarities between Ef Syn and street papers.
It was a long hike for the Street Socceroos to reach this year’s Homeless World Cup in Glasgow, but they brought the Aussie team spirit with them. INSP caught up with the squad as they took in the HWC buzz. “It's fantastic meeting all the different teams and learning about different cultures,” said goalkeeper Shannon Knegt.
Stephanie Tweed was one of the stars of the home team at this year’s Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. It’s a massive step for the talented striker, who just last year was homeless and struggling with a heroin addiction. She says that the faith of the team at Street Soccer Scotland allowed her to rediscover her self-worth. She’s now living in supported housing and hoping to get her own flat soon.
Genom sin övertygande kritiska analys av EU:s budgetpolitik har den vältalige och kontroversielle Yanis Varoufakis blivit vänsterns hjälte. Under det tjugonde globala toppmötet för gatutidningar fick INSP en exklusiv intervju med den tidigare grekiske finansministern. I ett samtal som sträckte sig över många ämnen varnade han för att Brexit kommer att skynda på splittringen av EU och att vi kan vänta oss en ännu värre ekonomisk kris på grund av detta. I dagens klimat tycker han att gatutidningarna är en ”livlina”. Han berättade öppenhjärtigt om det amerikanska presidentvalet, behovet av ”olydiga regeringar”, sitt förhållande till Alexis Tsipras... och om sin kärlek till Rolling Stones. [ANMÄRKNING FÖR REDAKTÖRERNA: här lägger vi in hela texten med frågor och svar, så att varje gatutidning kan välja de avsnitt som är mest relevanta för dem, och redigera efter behov.]
This year’s Homeless World Cup kicked off in Glasgow on Sunday, 10 July. Ahead of the life-changing tournament, INSP caught up with Surprise vendor Ruedi Kälin, who plays for the Swiss team. At 57, Ruedi is proud to represent his country and shares his secrets to calming his nerves. The Homeless World Cup has its origins in the street paper movement, and the links between street soccer and street papers remain powerful.
Street paper vendors are among the hundreds of players heading to Glasgow this week to take part in the Homeless World Cup 2016. The Homeless World Cup was first dreamed up at an INSP summit – and the links between the street paper movement and street soccer remain strong. Swiss street paper Surprise, Greece’s Shedia, German paper BISS, Ireland’s Big Issue and The Big Issue Australia are among the many street paper organisations that are sending teams. “I am very proud that I can participate,” said 57-year-old Surprise vendor Ruedi Kälin.
Northern Irish medical student Stephen Collins is a massive fan of his home nation’s football team. So when they made it through to the Euros this year, he knew he had to be there. After checking the draw, he hatched a crazy plan to cycle from Belfast to all the matches in France. Throughout the 2,100-mile bike ride he raised money to support Street Soccer NI and help them get to the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. Now, he hopes that Northern Ireland’s other national squad can go one further than the team did at the Euros. “After not quite doing it in France,” he said, “this is our chance to have a winning team.”
Thanks to his persuasive dissection of EU fiscal policy, eloquent firebrand Yanis Varoufakis has become a hero of the left. During the 20th Global Street Paper Summit, the former Greek Minister for Finance gave an exclusive interview to INSP. In a wide-ranging conversation, he warns that Brexit will speed the overall break-up of Europe, and that the continent can expect a worsening economic crisis as a result. In the current climate, he sees street papers as “a lifeline”. He also candidly discussed the American presidential contest, the need for ‘governmental disobedience’, his relationship with Alexis Tsipras… and his love of the Rolling Stones. [NOTE TO EDITORS: the full Q&A text of the interview is produced here so that each street paper can pick the sections that are most relevant to them, and edit accordingly.]
Street paper leaders from the UK, Denmark and Greece discuss different techniques for building readerships and engaging new audiences at a time when print media sales continue to fluctuate across the board. Listening to both readers and vendors plays a key part, as well as building a strong brand identity, said Russell Blackman, Director of Publishing for The Big Issue UK, Hus forbid Editor in Chief, Poul Struve Nielsen and Shedia Founder and Editor Christos Alefantis.
During the Global Street Paper Summit, street paper delegates had the opportunity to see Athens through the eyes of Shedia vendors during an Invisible City Tour. The alternative tours led by people who have experienced homelessness and poverty are run by social business Athens’ Invisible Path. It is part of a worldwide movement of ‘homeless tours’ that show a different side to cities including Edinburgh, Ljubljana, Berlin, Paris, Taipei, London, Prague and Barcelona.
With funding an issue of growing importance for the world’s street papers, INSP delegates attended an incredibly useful session about what funders want during the Global Street Paper Summit in Athens. The discussion covered the current funding landscape and how some of our street paper delegates can stand out. INSP’s Zoe Greenfield chaired the panel and shared the top five tips she learned.
During an INSP 2016 panel discussion on the global refugee crisis, those on the frontline in Greece urged street papers to use their unique position in the media to put a human face on crisis and encourage solidarity. Athens Deputy Mayor in charge of Migration and Refugees and a Lesvos Solidarity volunteer spoke of their own responses, while street paper delegates brainstormed how they could help to tell the human story of Europe’s refugee crisis.
During the Global Street Paper Summit in Athens, INSP delegates agreed that putting vendors at the heart of campaigns can be vital to influencing change and challenging perceptions. An inspiring panel discussion introduced highly successful campaigns from street papers in Denmark, Sweden and the USA. They include an insightful, vendor-focussed calendar, a superhero-inspired viral video and an intense lobbying campaign that effectively saved a street paper in Nashville.
An incredible 100% of INSP delegates said they had been inspired by the 2016 Global Street Paper Summit programme of talks, workshops and networking in the vibrant city of Athens. Every one of our 120 delegates also said they would recommend the summit to other street paper staff, and 100% made useful new contacts. UK street paper Big Issue North was also officially announced as the host street paper for next year’s summit, which will take place in Manchester, UK.
Increasing numbers of refugees look to street papers across Europe for support. A research visit to Eleonas Refugee Camp during the INSP Summit in Athens was an eye-opening and humbling experience for street paper delegates. The camp provides shelter for 2,300 refugees, who have a relative degree of freedom compared to other refugee camps. INSP delegates reflect on the experience.
Social enterprise was once an unknown concept in Greece. But in response to the economic crisis, grassroots solutions have flourished. Increasing numbers rely on small organisations to put food on their tables. At the 2016 INSP Summit in Athens, delegates heard how three leading social enterprises are using innovative ways to feed Greeks living on the breadline, including vendors of the Greek street paper Shedia.
The winners of the INSP Awards 2016 have been revealed during the Global street Paper Summit in Athens. Street paper delegates celebrated innovation and excellence across INSP’s 112 street papers, with 11 awards highlighting the best articles, covers, projects and campaigns produced across the international network. Congratulations to all the winners and highly commended finalists.
From 14-16 June, delegates from the street paper network will gather in Athens for the INSP summit, co-hosted by Greek street paper Shedia. We caught up with the paper’s founder and editor Christos Alefantis to discover how Shedia has managed to keep hope afloat in Greece during the ongoing social-economic crisis, and what its support means to people like vendor Lefteris.
Father’s Day is not commonly celebrated in Syria. But for Syrian journalist Saad, it has a special significance this year. He fled to Glasgow, Scotland, when he realised his life was in danger but had to leave his wife and two children in the United Arab Emirates. He talks to INSP about his struggles to reunite his family, the pain of speaking to his young children by phone alone, and the death of his own mother back home. This is one of three profiles in our Refugees reflect on Father’s Day package.