2014 conference – Glasgow, 12th - 15th August

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, our 18th annual conference will return to our home city, co-hosted and sponsored by The Big Issue UK – one of our founding members.

The conference will be attended by around 90 delegates, representing 46 street papers, from 23 different countries. The conference programme – offering a range of workshops, presentations, discussion groups and networking opportunities – will focus on the themes of social enterprise, editorial development, innovation and social development.

This year, or the first time, we are organising a unique evening event which will connect our international delegates with Scotland’s social entrepreneurs, business leaders and academics, to discuss and debate solutions to poverty and inequality.

Click here to download the 2014 conference programme.

Conference sponsors and supporters:


The Big Issue UK

Crown Plaza Glasgow



British Council Scotland

Aye Write! Festival

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

The Herald & Times

Delegate bursary supporters:

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


2015 conference

Our 2015 conference will be co-hosted by Real Change in Seattle, USA. 

Past conferences

Read more about INSP conferences from 1995 - 2013 here.

About the conference

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.