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27 Feb 2015


Internationally, media outlets are mostly owned by the same tiny elite that owns everything else – as their means of exercising power and influence. Collectively, they are able to ensure that national conversations are conducted in terms most favourable to themselves – the creed of unfettered markets. Here in the UK – even at the BBC – neoliberalism is the assumed orthodoxy – the starting point of all conversation.

            No one questions that a free press is essential for healthy democracy – that it requires protection both from the state and from market encroachments. Last week Peter Oborne left the Daily Telegraph – saying it had purged its coverage of HSBC’s role in tax evasion- because of advertising. For some of us, this again raises the question – are there certain moral and civic goods that markets do not honour – which require different, more accountable, ownership.

            Due to the foresight of its founder CP Scott, the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian Media Group has been secured in perpetuity by a Trust. The Scott Trust is essentially a social enterprise: a business which operates for public benefit – and which re-invests any profit towards its embedded social purpose. Here is Scotland there is a growing ‘skunner’ towards the ‘money scramble’ culture – which relentlessly commercialises our shared common world. The Guardian’s social enterprise model has exciting potential for large sections of our economy – particularly the health and social care sectors. But the very idea of a system which excludes profit distribution – is fiercely resisted by the marketeers – who control our national conversation.



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The SENs: Friday 27th February 2015

Since 2011, the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme has helped create nearly 5,500 jobs across our third sector. This week, at ‘The Gathering’, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that the Scottish Government is to invest an additional £6m that could lead to the creation of a further 1,000 jobs for young unemployed people over the coming year. As well as the opportunities that have been created for young people in Scotland, the CJS Programme has also been of significant benefit to a great many SEN members – who will welcome this latest announcement. The programme, itself, is managed by SCVO, see more. For further info’ on the new round of jobs, keep an eye on Community Jobs Scotland.


Today is the closing date for applications for our Health/Community Food SEN Co-ordinator post. This post, funded through Scottish Govt, will seek to provide ongoing support to both the Health and Community Food SENs and Roundtables.  As Danielle heads off to focus on her own social enterprise she has produced her final Health SEN Farewell newsletter, see here


Other newsletters published this week include Edinburgh SEN and Cultural SEN.


The Sport SEN continues to grow and meetings are now held regionally - for practical reasons. However, SEN members have agreed that they still wanted to come together as a national group once a year. This annual gathering...Read more
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