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31 Jul 2015


Instead of expecting capitalism to be abolished by revolution – Paul Mason argues, in his new book Postcapitalism, that it is already being replaced – almost unnoticed, by whole swaths of economic life ‘which move to a different rhythm’. He writes of a world familiar to most of our readers – which lives in the niches and hollows of the market system: community groups, cooperatives, social enterprises - exploring imaginative new ways of sharing, caring, getting by.  To mainstream economists – much of this informal social economy is irrelevant – but Mason argues that this is a new way of living – in process of formation.


            When in 1999 – a group of friends founded Senscot – it wasn’t with the conscious determination to create a 'post capitalist' organisation – but we shared much of the thinking which Mason develops. We understood that networks sharing information - would come to replace hierarchies hoarding it; that a shared human concern for the common good – would drive a dynamic social enterprise movement.


            Are we evolving beyond capitalism – my instinct says not – but there are certainly thousands of enterprises in Scotland which have more to do with generosity than the market economy. Info-capitalism has created millions of networked people – one click away from the whole of human intelligence; these educated and connected millions amount to an unknown quantity in history. Within the space of 50 years – contraception made the average working class woman freer than the wildest libertine of the Bloomsbury era. Why do we find it so hard to imagine economic freedom.



Watched a TV hustings  for leadership of the Scottish Labour Party – sad – felt sorry for them both; the prospect of a credible opposition to the SNP next year is receding. But in England, Labour’s leadership contest has burst into...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 31st July 2015

Senscot is a member of the Scottish Community Alliance – a network of networks leading the campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland. The 18 SCA network members engage with over 2,000 community groups/organisations/enterprises - spread across the length and breadth of Scotland. This week’s quarterly SCA gathering included discussion on the Land Reform Bill; Localising Scotland’s Food System; and U Lab – a global programme run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed to stimulate and facilitate change. Scottish Govt is tailoring  U Lab in Scotland with a programme starting online in October that will run online and well as through local ‘Hubs’. A preparatory event in being held in September – including info’ on how the ‘Hubs’ will be developed. Senscot has signed up to attending. See more   


A reminder that you can still sign up for the EU Masterclass in Inverness on 12th August; and Edinburgh on 21st August. Just click on the links to book your FREE place. These seminars are designed to share some of the core information before much of the new EU programmes are “open for business”. This week’s update is available here.


Health SEN member, Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust, initially set up in 2002 as a charity and ltd. company, has been working since 2007 to develop its enterprise potential. Healthy n...Read more
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