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26 Jun 2015

Looking back – I’ve never been big on financial planning – overrated. Committees enjoy financial plans - the semblance of control – but other things matter more. At the start-up phase, I’ve always prioritised freedom to shape ventures ahead of financial security; we rarely get the chance of both; an entrepreneur can expect a period of flying solo into the unknown. But if you’re brave enough to be doing something you really love – boldly – this has its own genius; something always turns up to provide the resources; it has for me.

            In the same spirit of freedom – I find myself in support of the anti-austerity protestors on the streets of Europe. My intuition has long understood that there is no such thing as money – not as is presented to us ordinary people; true money is a mechanism of the wealthy – to make them wealthier. This accords with the narrative of the protestors - that the international financial system is in essence fraudulent and illegal – designed to facilitate the control of the world economy – by a very small group of people. We are prevented from exploring the truth of this – because the same few people effectively control the world media.

             It is difficult to predict where these anti austerity protests will lead – but a growing number of people want something done about the neo-liberal ownership of our money system. History tells us that the ‘new order’ does not always flow seamlessly from the old order; sometimes it has to form itself out of disorder

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Only time will tell – as policies gradually unfold – what is the model of social democracy being pursued by our SNP Government. I’m thinking specifically about procurement policy – the potential encroachment of the private sector into public service delivery. I hesitate to...Read more


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The SENs: Friday 26th June 2015

This week we welcomed our newest member of staff - Alan Johnston. Alan has taken up the role of Partnership and Procurement Support Officer. This follows a ‘pilot’ period over the last 12 months that was delivered by Joan Riddell. This is a joint initiative between Senscot and Social Firms Scotland working with Senscot and Social Firms Scotland. Alan will be providing a dedicated programme - providing practical support to social enterprises in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender opportunities, including facilitating social enterprise partnerships and consortia development. Alan brings with him a wealth of experience in procurement and partnership working. You can contact Alan at alan@senscot.net.  

 

Today, Senscot – in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, DTA Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance – is hosting an EU Funding Masterclass – with contributions from Scottish Govt and our own ‘master’, Les Huckfield. The masterclass is designed as an information session on the new round of EU Funding that will be on stream later in this financial year. The idea was always to host a series of such events around the country – over 60 folk signed up for today’s session – and we’re pleased to announce that the next ‘masterclass’ will be taking place in Aberdeen on Friday, 31st July at Home Comforts, 9 East Terrace, Union Sq, Aberdeen...Read more
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