Hosted in a different city each year in partnership with the local street paper, our international conference is a highlight of the street paper calendar. The event is specifically tailored to street paper needs and 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. For many street papers operating in isolation with limited resources, the conference provides them with vital inspiration, motivation, ideas and support. The conference also gives us at INSP the opportunity to learn from our members and work on network-wide projects. As many street papers have limited resources, we also work 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 40 different countries.
Our 17th annual conference was held in Munich (from 29th July - 1st August) in partnership with the street paper BISS.
The conference focussed on the future sustainability of street papers, asking the questions: 'How do street papers stay relevant in the 21st century?'; 'How do street papers survive in the digital age?'; and 'Our vendors: Who should we be supporting?'. Other conference highlights included the first-ever street paper 'innovation exchange'; a welcome reception at Munich Town Hall; an evening with BISS vendors; the International Street Paper Awards; and BISS alternative city tours led by vendor.
We'd like to say a big thank you to all of our members, partners, supporters and volunteers for helping to make it such a great event; 100% of delegates who attended said that they felt inspired by the conference. Click here for a round-up from each day.
2014 will be a big year for Glasgow. In August, following the Commonwealth Games, we will bring our annual conference back to our home city, to celebrate our 20th anniversary (12th-15th August 2014).
Registration information will be sent out to all street papers in March/April 2014.
Our 2015 conference will be co-hosted by Real Change in Seattle, USA.
Read more about INSP conferences from 1995 - 2011 here.