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06 May 2016

Polishing this on Friday morning with the count mostly in; a convincing win for the SNP but a couple short of a clear majority which will make everything much more interesting; the Greens, for instance, can do good deals and Holyrood's committees will work better. The Tories absolutely demolished Labour and can no longer be dismissed as a joke. Like many people, part of my reaction this morning is one of relief that this tedious affair is over; there must be a better way of doing democracy than these presidential parades – 5 leaders, lined up shouting at each other. I find the general level of bad manners and unpleasantness unacceptable - a turnoff.


My personal recovery from ‘election fatigue’ began on Monday – when I happened to read this short poem by Mary Oliver: “It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate; this isn’t a contest but a doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak”. For the next period I’ll ignore the phoniness and stridency of professional politics; my personal ‘doorway into thanks and silence’ is a modest plot of soil – warming at last in readiness for sweet peas, geranium and the like. Gardening in sunshine will replace Scottish politics for a while – it’s not as if anything decisive is going to happen.



The disgraceful inequality in Scotland – across health, education, justice, poverty etc tells that the current economic system only works for some of us; the creation of a more democratic and inclusive economy will require reforms which the Scottish Govt doesn’t even have under consideration; for this reason, an important sub-theme of Scottish democracy is whether or...Read more

The SENs is the name Senscot gives to our work with Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) - both thematic and geographical. SENs provide members with opportunities for peer support, collective action and market development. The vision is of a growing community of 500 frontline social enterprises across Scotland - connected and energised through a network of Networks.

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The SENs: Friday 6th May 2016

Following our recent review of Thematic SEN activity, 2016/17 will see a focus on key priorities identified in the review – and a further emphasis on exploring joint opportunities between the respective thematic areas. The specific priorities include: Health and Social Care Integration; Self Directed Support; Food Poverty; Tourism and Heritage; Creative Industries; Sport for Change; and Employability. We will be holding a series of joint thematic meetings across Scotland during the year ahead - working in partnership with Local SENs.  These events will provide a space to explore joint working opportunities; building connections; sharing good practice and developing ideas and /or pieces of work - and will hopefully lead to greater involvement for SEs within specific policy areas.  The first event is in Perth on 16th June at The Salutation Hotel. More details to follow. For further info’, contact Sarah.

The Scottish Govt has commissioned an evaluation of the TSI Network Model and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) - being carried out by Blake Stevenson and Arrivo Consulting.   As part of the study, they are carrying out 11 case studies exploring how the TSI model works at the local level. To augment the case studies, they are carrying out a survey of third sector organisations in those areas to identify the type of support they need and where they can access...Read more
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