By Tessa Swithinbank
The luck tale of "The significant factor" is either inspirational and paradoxical; instead of a charity, it's a flourishing enterprise, yet person who certainly advantages these concerned. The journal is offered by means of homeless and susceptible humans and, in go back, they in achieving monetary independence and standing, and self-reliance. the tale of the paper's improvement has a pragmatic attitude; it's going to provide support and insights to NGOs and governments concerned with the homeless, or these companies wishing to establish businesses for the typical reliable.
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A man in the next tent to his had suggested to Ray that he sell The Big Issue which he had started to do early in 1992. This created jealousy between him and two of the new residents: ‘There were two guys, one from Scotland and one Scouser, and they couldn’t sell the paper because they were boozing all the time. I was doing alright because I was selling The Issue [as vendors call it] down at the Embankment. I used to give my money to the Father of the local church and he used to save it for me.
It was the human contact. ’ Author Lee Stringer, formerly homeless and a crack addict in the 1980s, became involved with Street News1 first as a vendor and then a journalist. He describes his first meeting with the paper at its office in West Forty-Sixth Street in the winter of 1989: ‘The first time I laid eyes on this place, a pair of old street geezers were perched on upturned milk crates just outside the door, The Big Issue 25/7a 22 31/7/01 10:49 am Page 22 C OMING U P F ROM T HE S TREETS oblivious to the winter chill, garbed in black caps, T-shirts, and money aprons that said Street News.
He was a good speaker and could wax lyrical about almost any subject. He was an encouraging guy to be with. And, like me, he could do with a challenge. ’ It was in Phil’s flat that The Big Issue name was first dreamt up. John insists that he came to the meeting with the name in mind. Phil, though, says that John wanted to call it Issue, and Phil added Big. Whatever the reality, it was John and Phil who started the laborious task of turning the idea into a reality. Alex Cooke, who was in the middle of a politics degree at Sussex University and had completed a study of Street News in New York, came next.
Coming Up from the Streets: The Story of the Big Issue by Tessa Swithinbank