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#THISIsJournalism: Mike Fancher calls street papers a ‘catalyst for change’

Mike Fancher, former executive editor of The Seattle Times, called street papers a catalyst for change during his keynote speech at #INSP2015.

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Meet the winners of the INSP AWARDS 2015

Click here to find out who took home the top prizes in the INSP Awards 2015 which honour excellence and innovation across the global street paper network.

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Rex Hohlbein on using images to give voice to the homeless

Seattle-based architect, photo-journalist and community activist Rex Hohlbein speaks to street paper delegates about changing perceptions of homelessness through images and art.

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Eric Liu tells street papers “How to talk about power”

“You have incredible power in our society,” Eric Liu told a global audience of street paper delegates and advocates during an impassioned keynote speech at #INSP2015.

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INSP delegates meet residents of Seattle’s Tent City 3

Real Change board member and contributor Jim Douglas reflects on our delegate study visit to Seattle homeless encampment Tent City 3.

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New approaches to addressing homelessness in Seattle

“The answer to homelessness isn’t rocket science—it’s a home,” executive director of Downtown Emergency Services, Bill Hobson, said during an #INSP2015 session which explored innovative solutions to decriminalizing homelessness in Seattle.

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INTERVIEW: Megan Karch – FareStart CEO

INSP speaks to Megan Karch, CEO of FareStart, a Seattle nonprofit that trains homeless and disadvantaged men and women in the food-service industry.

Public talks at the Global Street Paper Summit

Join in the conversation at this year’s INSP Summit in Seattle.

INSPired Together: A Gig for Global Street Papers

Support street papers at a night of brilliant music.
26 June, The Crocodile, Seattle

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American police arrest homeless woman for charging phone

A homeless Portland woman was charged with third-degree theft when she plugged her cellphone charger into an outdoor electrical outlet.

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INSP Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the INSP Awards 2015 have been revealed, ahead of the awards ceremony in Seattle on 25 June.

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Our vendors: Cyril Mylambiso (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

When Cyril Mylambiso started selling The Big Issue South Africa in Cape Town four years ago, he felt like a failure – now he is proud to have held down a job for so long.

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Our vendors: Mr Oh “Killer Smile” - The Big Issue Korea

Mr Oh – also known as ‘Killer Smile’ – is one of the many vendors in Seoul, Korea’s capital.

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American students provide homeless women with free pads and tampons

For women, menstruation is a natural and regular part of life. But for those experiencing homelessness, finding a pad or tampon can be harder than finding a meal or a new pair of socks.

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Our vendors: Erdzan Sadik (Lice v Lice, Skopje, Macedonia)

“Now I know that this is a good and decent job and I had to put more effort into Lice v lice so that both the magazine and I would succeed.”

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Mobile showers offer dignity to San Francisco’s homeless

In San Francisco, a local non-profit is restoring dignity to hundreds of homeless people, one hot shower at a time.

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Our vendors: Robert Smith - Real Change, Seattle, USA

Being homeless “makes you count your blessings for the little things, just to wash, wash your teeth, take a shower. When you’re homeless, these things are all taken away from you.”

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The service keeping Australia’s homeless in clean clothes

“This isn’t just about washing clothes, it’s a catalyst for conversation,” says the co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry about Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless, in an interview with INSP.