John Bird is the founder of The Big Issue

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John Bird is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Big Issue and a true pioneer in the social enterprise sector. His own life is an epic adventure: he was born into poverty and experienced homelessness, orphanages, crime and a stint in prison. In 1991, he launched The Big Issue sold by homeless people, which has since become one of the world's most successful social ventures. He has also launched a new Wedge Card which aims to regenerate local communities.

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