A Christmas song, a Christmas story & a Herald supplementfirst-ever single to raise money for INSP. INSP Ambassador and world-renowned Brazilian author Paulo Coelho has donated a Christmas story for street papers. Read more. This month also saw our first supplement collaboration with The Herald newspaper. Read more.
Two public events & a new video
Jon Snow interviewed Alex Salmond; and in the second,Alan Taylor interviewed Alistair Darling. We also made a special promotional video for the events, with a voice-over from Jon Snow - you can watch it here.
Two social enterprise awards
INSP was named 'Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year' at both the Scottish and UK annual Social Enterprise Awards. Speaking of the two awards, INSP's Executive Director Lisa Maclean said: "This is a great recognition for the contribution of street papers to the social enterprise movement and we are proud to support such a dynamic network". Read more.
SeptemberThe Big Issue in the North. Development of the pilot has been supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and through pro bono support from Grant Gibson of the Herald & Times Group and David Craik of Bright Signals, with digital design and development by the team at 999 Design Group. Read more.
|Our feature in The Sunday Herald|
A special reportStreet papers have witnessed the consequences of the economic downturn since 2008 and help to give a voice to those caught up in the ravages of the recession. The Sunday Herald recognised this and decided to support the production of a special report. 'Faces of the Recession' is a collaboration between street paper editors and journalists across Europe, in which we highlight stories that reveal the human cost behind the endless statistics.Read more.
A spiritual leader & £1.1 millionHomeless vendors made a combined profit of £1.1 million thanks to our exclusive Dalai Lama interview. Our interview and photo shoot were published by 72 street papers in 27 countries and led to sell-outs across the globe. The interview featured on the covers of street paper right throughout throughout the summer and a total of 1 million copies of the Dalai Lama editions were sold by over 10,000 vendors. Read more.
A prestigious nominationOur news service was nominated for the Online Media Awards 2012, 'Specialist Site for Journalism' category, alongside journalism heavyweights including Reuters (Breakingviews), Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Guardian (Datastore), the Economist and Wired. Read more.
A new government fundScotland's First Minister Alex Salmond announced funding for INSP and our sister organisation the Homeless World Cup. Announcing the Scottish Government fund Mr Salmond said that the fund is "a demonstration of our strong support for the work that international social enterprises carry out, both in Scotland and around the world". Read more.
A brand new imageOur good friends at 999 Design redesigned us, creating a new logo and brand. The four bright colours represent the diversity of the street paper network and the bracket design symbolises journalism and the the power of the network to unite and support social enterprises in 40 countries. Read more.
A trip to India