Cashless Revolution

2 November 2018 #574

Cover Story: Cashless Revolution

Ed574 Cashless Revolution


When The Big Issue was launched in June 1996, few would have imagined vendors would one day be taking credit card payments on mini hand-held computers. Welcome to the future! From today, Big Issue vendors will offer more ways to pay for The Big Issue magazine: now you can use cash, card and Beem It. In this edition, we celebrate this mighty milestone by introducing the exciting new technology and its life-changing impact for our vendors.

We also look at what a cashless world will mean for society’s most vulnerable, travel to the digital payment utopia of Sweden, and go back in time to look at the history of money (it really did grow on trees!).

More highlights in this milestone edition:

  • The actor Bill Murray has formed a band with a cellist, violinist and pianist. For real. They’re coming to Australia this month. And he exclusively tells us all about it.
  • Ernie Dingo talks family, fame and starting out as a champion basketballer in Letter to My Younger Self.
  • Rami Malek spills all about filling Freddie Mercury’s fabulous shoes in the new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • One photographer travels around the world to capture the daily food habits of kids from all over in Big Picture.
  • Trans footballer Hannah Mouncey experienced homelessness while living in the spotlight, she shares her story in Living Homeless.
  • In Tastes Like Home, Tom Parker Bowles shares his mum Camilla’s recipe for roast chicken, and gives an insight in to growing up with our future queen.


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