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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 27-02-2017

The Big Issue is one of Britain’s leading news and cultural magazines. Every week’s edition is packed full of original takes on the biggest issues of the day as well as interviews with the most significant figures in politics and entertainment. The Big Issue was founded 1991 to give people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to earn their own income. We continue to support hundreds of vendors across the UK and all proceeds from sales go to help anyone wanting to lift themselves out of poverty.

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1 min.
the big issue manifesto

WE BELIEVE in a hand up, not a handout... Which is why our sellers BUY every copy of the magazine for £1.25 and sell it for £2.50. WE BELIEVE in trade, not aid… Which is why we ask you to ALWAYS take your copy of the magazine. Our sellers are working and need your custom. WE BELIEVE poverty is indiscriminate… Which is why we provide ANYONE whose life is blighted by poverty with the opportunity to earn a LEGITIMATE income. WE BELIEVE in the right to citizenship… Which is why The Big Issue Foundation, our charitable arm, helps sellers tackle social and financial exclusion. WE BELIEVE in prevention… Which is why Big Issue Invest offers backing and investments to social enterprises, charities and businesses which deliver social value to communities.…

3 min.

Worlds apart I have never stopped using and loving libraries, from the days when a whisper might be too loud, to the current blend at my local library – Newton Abbot – of a cafe, learning centre and traditional lending library. The potential of discovery never goes away. I love the serendipity of it all – seeing what’s on the ‘returns’ trolley; picking a book out for the colour of its spine or the strangeness of its title – or because I saw someone else lingering over it. I love the fact it is still open to all. No one is too young, too old, too weird, too educated, too poor to have access to a local library. A library is a hundred-thousand worlds waiting to be discovered. Just don’t let them close!…

1 min.
comment of the week

Here in Ladbroke Grove, London, we have been working hard for about a year to save North Kensington Library, to little or no avail. Our council, in spite of having plenty of money, has decided to move users out of a beautiful building so wealthy people can use it for a private ‘prep’ school. Fortunately somebody has succeeded in applying to have the old building listed as a ‘community asset’, which will slow down any planning application for the moment. John Bird may be right in his analysis of the changing demographic of west London but this is still a much-used library by a largely local and existent population – who are excluded from the anodyne Notting Hill film – living in social housing and dependent on the library’s assistance to apply…

2 min.
why social enterprise is boldy growing

Trust is an intangible commodity but a highly lucrative one. Businesses are on a permanent quest to convey authenticity, an image customers can engage with, feel part of. Trust. After the financial collapse in 2008, trust in banks crumbled; phone hacking eroded trust in mainstream media; the brazen gutting of high street icon BHS at the cost of thousands of jobs was a low point for trust in business. So we get surveys that tell us people trust their hairdresser more than politicians, journalists or business leaders. Not to doubt hairdressers’ trustworthiness but our once rock-solid institutions, ones that impact our lives daily, are now in the gutter. So in dark or doubtful times, the social enterprise movement is a beacon. It is easy to see why they are trusted. It is…

2 min.
pop-up pit ch brings joy to ref ugees

Footballing vendors from Athens street paper Shedia – the Greek equivalent of The Big Issue – have teamed up with players from the country’s Homeless World Cup side to bring the beautiful game to children stuck in refugee camps. The group is taking a mobile football pitch around Thessaloniki on the Greek coast, in a bid to bring some fun back into frustrated lives. The Kick Out Poverty initiative includes six women who played for Greece in last year’s Homeless World Cup tournament in Glasgow. One event took place at a camp next to an old paper towel factory, home to 1,500 mainly Syrian refugees. At another camp in central Thessaloniki the group was joined by players from local football teams Paok FC and Aris FC. “It was very emotional to see…

1 min.
the big issue: a modern work of art

Renowned artist Wolfgang Tillmans’ first major exhibition at the world-famous Tate Modern brings together his work across a variety of media: photography, video, music… and copies of The Big Issue. Tillmans guest-edited the magazine in 2000, focusing on “the anonymous intimacy of urban life as we experience it”. He conducted special photo shoots of people who effect positive change in society, and captured images of cities that revealed their structure in new ways. The cover image is of Tel Aviv in Israel and copies of the original magazine form part of the new exhibition. The year 2000 was an exciting one for Tillmans. After guest editing The Big Issue he went on to win the Turner Prize. The exhibition at Tate Modern runs until June 11.…