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The Right To Exist: The most fundamental right that you’ve never had INSP 21/03/2019

When Bud Stratford became homeless, he had people to turn to. His father let him set up a tiny makeshift home in the parking lot of the family business, where Bud worked. But he quickly realized others weren’t so lucky. His experiences offering help to a fellow homeless man called Dave, showed Bud that in the USA the very right to exist is contingent on owning property. He is now a committed advocate for homeless people - and for the controversial Tiny Homes movement currently battling against the local government in LA.

Amputee football on the rise in Europe with Paralympics the ultimate goal INSP 21/03/2019

Amputee football may not be the most recognisable of disability sports, but the fast-paced and competitive game is slowly growing in popularity. INSP meets the amputee football players, coaches and advocates working to promote the sport around the world. Their ultimate goal is to compete at the Paralympics.

Former Big Issue vendor’s journey from the streets to Fleet Street INSP 14/03/2019

Things looked bleak for Joel Hodgson when he was first forced to sleep rough in London seven years ago. But today, Joel works for one of the city’s biggest law firms on Fleet Street, and was even a torch bearer at the London 2012 Olympics. The turning point was when he walked through the door of The Big Issue, he says. Joel recounts his extraordinary journey.

Unwanted laptops recycled into lifeline for London homeless people INSP 29/02/2019

Hundreds of homeless men and women in London are to benefit from recycled laptops. The ‘Laptops for Homeless Support Initiative’ restores unwanted hardware then donates the devices to homeless and vulnerable people supported by London charity Thames Reach, which also provides IT skills training. INSP learns how having access to the internet will make a huge difference to people like Peter Gibbs, who has been homeless on and off for 11 years in the UK capital.

‘Belfast Banksy’ harnesses public goodwill in face of deadly homelessness crisis INSP 29/02/2019

Since the start of 2016, four homeless people have died in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A reclusive “mad inventor” is harnessing the goodwill of the people of Belfast to help the local homeless community, as they face this deadly crisis. Good Samaritans from across the city have been leaving donations of clothing and toiletries in a set of ‘Kindness Drawers’ which appeared in Victoria Street, in the centre of town, on New Year’s Eve. The drawers are unsupervised and rely on the kindness of strangers to provide essentials to vulnerable people.

New street paper hopes to tackle poverty and corruption in Romania INSP 22/02/2019

A former editor of Swedish street paper, Faktum, discusses his ambitious plans to launch a similar project in Bucharest. Aaron Israelson believes Romania, which has long been crippled by poverty and corruption, is in dire need of a unique, independent media voice to tackle both issues head on. He’s optimistic, but in a country where the print industry is on its knees, INSP’s Laura Smith learns that there are major challenges ahead.

The Catalyst for change: new street paper launches in the US INSP 22/02/2019

America’s newest street paper has launched in Lowell, Massachusetts. Like many cities in the US, Lowell has recently been attempting to crack down on panhandling. The Catalyst’s founder, Ryan White, hopes the paper will have strong support as an alternative – and will help change people’s perception of homelessness. INSP speaks to Ryan and to Richard, one of the first vendors to sign up to sell The Catalyst, about their hopes for the future.

“Don’t give up” urges Hinz&Kunzt; editor as she scoops major award INSP 15/02/2019

The editor of Hinz&Kunzt; recently received a prestigious award for her tireless commitment to helping homeless and socially vulnerable people in Hamburg. Birgit Mueller was given the Federal Cross of Merit [Bundesverdienstkreuz], one of the highest honours bestowed in Germany, in recognition of her 23-year career at Hinz&Kunzt.; Mueller spoke to INSP about her unusual request for the award’s presentation, as well as the highs and lows of her life in street papers.

Rugby stars tackle #VendorWeek in Edinburgh, while actress Maxine Peake takes on a new role in Manchester INSP 08/02/2019

The stars of Edinburgh Rugby might be used to some hard knocks, but they had a whole new challenge selling The Big Issue for INSP’s #VendorWeek. Players Nasi Manu and Allan Dell joined a competitive team of lawyers and CEOs in the Scottish capital. In Manchester, actress Maxine Peake sold Big Issue North for an hour alongside her regular vendor Monica. Find out how they got on.

Owen Jones, Rachel Johnson, Samira Ahmed and more kick off #VendorWeek in London INSP 08/02/2019

Some of the biggest names in publishing took on the daunting task of selling The Big Issue on the streets of London last week to kick off INSP’s UK #VendorWeek events. Guardian columnist Owen Jones, editor (and sister of the London Mayor) Rachel Johnson, Buzzfeed’s Luke Lewis and Kerrang! editor James McMahon told us about the eye-opening experience.

#VendorWeek: Would you buy a Big Issue from this seven-foot angry sun? INSP 08/02/2019

So it turns out even a seven-foot angry sun can feel invisible while selling a street paper. David Shrigley-designed Partick Thistle mascot, Kingsley sold The Big Issue in Glasgow alongside local music icon Stuart Murdoch (of Belle and Sebastian fame) and a range of famous faces, media figures and business leaders in Glasgow last week for INSP’s #VendorWeek.

Street papers put £23.4 million in the pockets of world’s most disadvantaged INSP 25/01/2019

Street paper vendors earned a total of £23.4 million last year, according to new figures collated by INSP ahead of this year’s #VendorWeek. Over the last year, our global network helped 27,000 people earn an income and enjoyed a collective readership of 5.6 million. “It’s a testament to the strength of the enterprising model that – in challenging times for mainstream print media – 23.5 million street papers were sold last year,” says INSP Chief Executive Maree Aldam. Vendors around the world also tell us about the life-changing power of street papers.

“No person should have to live or die homeless” - US street papers unite to cover National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day Street Sense - USA INSP 18/01/2019

Last month, street papers from across the U.S. united to report on National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day, coordinated by INSP and Washington D.C. paper Street Sense. Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless has encouraged communities to host public events on or near 21 December – the longest night of the year – to remember those who have lost their lives while experiencing homelessness. Reporters and vendors from street papers in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Boston share accounts and photos of memorial services and vigils held in each city.

PHOTO SERIES: Candid images reveal what Swedish vendors do after work Faktum - Sweden INSP 11/01/2019

Swedish street paper Faktum enlisted Condé Nast Traveller’s Håkan Ludwigson and fellow Swedish photographer Bo Kågerud to capture how vendors spend their time after work. These vibrant and candid portraits of vendors in the various places they call home form the basis of the paper’s 2016 annual calendar, titled Thank God It’s Friday.

Street paper vendors star in hit book portraying “an authentic and intimate view of poverty in Switzerland” INSP 14/12/2019

Swiss journalist Olivier Joliet has taken time out from interviewing rock stars to speak to the homeless and formerly-homeless vendors of Swiss street paper Surprise for a glossy new book. Olivier read through 18 years’ worth of the magazine to pick 20 vendors to star in Standort Strasse, and then re-interviewed them to discover how their lives have changed. INSP speaks to Olivier about the project, and publishes an extract from the book, featuring three interviews with Surprise’s ‘celebrity vendor’ Ruedi Kälin – conducted over a period of seven years.

Magical space cat Lil Bub brings “pure, innocent happiness and joy on a daily basis” INSP 30/11/2019

With her saucer eyes and sticky-out tongue, perma-kitten Lil Bub is one of the world’s most famous felines. She has more than 2.3 million likes on Facebook, has interviewed Michelle Obama on her own internet TV show, has ‘written’ a book, starred in a film, and inspired legions of fans to donate lots of money to animal charities. It’s a long way from her beginnings in life, as the runt of a feral litter who faced starvation as she couldn’t feed from her mother.

Magasinselger Marc: Min venn Frans Straatnieuws - The Netherlands INSP 24/11/2019

Denne måneden innvilget Pave Frans en sjelden, privat audiens til en av INSPs tidligere hjemløse magasinselgere. Straatnieuws-selger Marc reiste fra Utrecht i Nederland til Roma for å intervjue lederen for den katolske kirken. I dette intervjuet forteller han om sitt møte med Vatikanet, som han beskriver som en ”uforglemmelig opplevelse”, og han sier han håper artikkelen vil bidra til at kollegaene selger mange magasiner.

INSP Christmas Vendor Advent Calendar: Big Issues worldwide INSP 17/11/2019

This Christmas, INSP celebrates street paper vendors around the world. This package contains photos and short Q&A; interviews with vendors on the theme of Christmas. Editorial staff can choose which, and how many, vendors to feature in their publications. In this section, we meet vendors who sell the various international versions of the Big Issue including the UK, Ireland, Australia and Taiwan. Whatever way you chose to present this content, please ensure the appropriate photographers are credited where necessary. Please include the credit "Courtesy of INSP News Service www.INSP.ngo". We encourage members to also use this content online and on social media, with appropriate News Service credit and a hyperlink to www.INSP.ngo. If you require a translation, please let us know which profiles/which parts of the profiles you would like to use.

INSP Christmas Vendor Advent Calendar: rest of Europe INSP 17/11/2019

This Christmas, INSP celebrates street paper vendors around the world. This package contains photos and short Q&A; interviews with vendors on the theme of Christmas. Editorial staff can choose which, and how many, vendors to feature in their publications. Or whether they would like to use only one or two elements of the interviews. In this section, we meet vendors from across Europe - Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Italy and Norway. Whatever way you chose to present this content, please ensure the appropriate photographers are credited where necessary. Please include the credit "Courtesy of INSP News Service www.INSP.ngo". We encourage members to also use this content online and on social media, with appropriate News Service credit and a hyperlink to www.INSP.ngo. If you require a translation, please let us know which profiles/which parts of the profiles you would like to use.

INSP Christmas Vendor Advent Calendar: the Americas INSP 17/11/2019

This Christmas, INSP celebrates street paper vendors around the world. This package contains photos and short Q&A; interviews with vendors on the theme of Christmas. Editorial staff can choose which, and how many, vendors to feature in their publications. Or whether they would like to use only one or two elements of the interviews. In this section, we meet vendors from across Mexico, Canada and the USA. Whatever way you chose to present this content, please ensure the appropriate photographers are credited where necessary. Please include the credit "Courtesy of INSP News Service www.INSP.ngo". We encourage members to also use this content online and on social media, with appropriate News Service credit and a hyperlink to www.INSP.ngo. If you require a translation, please let us know which profiles/which parts of the profiles you would like to use.

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