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Stephen Maxwell
The Herald Scotland, by Alison Shaw
Date: 27th Apr 2012

Scottish Nationalist, lecturer and voluntary worker; Born: October 11, 1942; Died: April 25, 2012. Stephen Maxwell, who has died aged 69, was a councillor, SNP activist and one-time leadership contender, leading theorist and outstanding contributor to Scotland's voluntary sector.

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Shaping the future of Leith Theatre
City Council of Edinburgh
Date: 25th Apr 2012

Outline plans to lease the Leith Theatre and Thomas Morton Hall complex in Ferry Road to the Leith Theatre Trust (LTT) are to be considered by the Council's Culture and Leisure Committee next week.

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Highland and Island Social Enterprise Profile
Highland and Island Enterprise
Date: 25th Apr 2012

Executive Summary: 11 Recommendations

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About 38 Degrees
38 Degrees
Date: 25th Apr 2012

38 Degrees is the biggest online campaigning community in the UK, with close to 1 million members. We share a desire for a more progressive, fairer, better society and come together to decide which issues we campaign on and the actions we‘ll take to help us achieve that.

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SNP, Labour & Tory's Manifestos
BBC News
Date: 25th Apr 2012

The SNP council election manifesto has pledged to put jobs and families across Scotland at the forefront of its campaign.

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The imminent bankruptcy of the private finance sector?
Ekklesia, by Ann Pettifor
Date: 25th Apr 2012

The Autumn Statement reveals but one thing: the Chancellor and his advisers are both ill-advised and dangerously ill-prepared for the forthcoming prolonged Depression.

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On charity George Osborne must stand up to the self-interested super-rich
The Guardian, by Polly Toynbee
Date: 24th Apr 2012

Tory donors fighting to keep tax relief on charity should instead campaign against tax avoidance if they really want to help others.

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Impact Arts appoints new Chief Executive
Impact Arts, by Susan Aktmel
Date: 24th Apr 2012

I’m thrilled to let you know that Impact Arts has appointed Lynne Carr as its new chief executive!

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A personal message from new Social Enterprise Scotland Chief Executive
Fraser Kelly
Date: 24th Apr 2012

“What a fantastic privilege to be offered the opportunity to head up Social Enterprise Scotland on a permanent basis. I’ve enjoyed the interim role enormously over the last few months, so it’s particularly pleasing to be offered the post full time.

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Oxfam launches Humankind Index to measure wellbeing
The Guardian, by Severin Carrell
Date: 24th Apr 2012

The charity's Scottish arm has used measures including health, transport, family life and employment to evaluate quality of life.

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The internet's cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world
The Observer, by Aleks Krotoski
Date: 24th Apr 2012

A generation of political activists have been transformed by new tools developed on the internet. Here, a leading net commentator profiles seven young radicals from around the world.

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Sector Profile
Date: 19th Apr 2012

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) commissioned GEN, working with Rock Solid Research and Research Resource, to undertake a profiling exercise of the social enterprise sector in the Highlands and Islands.

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Rewilding Our Children
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 19th Apr 2012

Hope for humanity lies in recognising their animal nature.

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What is the story of Scotland’s biggest city and who will tell it?
The Scotsman, by Gerry Hassan
Date: 19th Apr 2012

The forthcoming local elections are reduced in most of their coverage to their impact on UK and Scottish politics.

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Bidding process opens for £5m rough sleepers social impact bond
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 18th Apr 2012

The Mayor of London has this week opened the tender process for providers who want to deliver services within its new £5m, three-year, social impact bond which is aiming to reduce rough sleeping in London.

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Village SOS Roadshow
The Big Lottery
Date: 18th Apr 2012

Could your neighbour be your next business partner?  Village SOS Roadshow 2012 helps you unlock the potential in your village.

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Social Enterprise Scotland Announces New Chief Executive
Social Enterprise Scotland
Date: 18th Apr 2012

Social Enterprise Scotland has announced that the new permanent Chief Executive of the umbrella body will be Fraser Kelly.

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People will laugh at you if you sound like that
New Statesman, by A L Kennedy
Date: 13th Apr 2012

I am a Seal. The statement may not have become more meaningful in the past few months, but it’s certainly grown more topical, as the Kingdom debates whether it will stay United. Any identity - national or personal- is a work in progress, moulded by experience, circumstance, emotion and belief. 

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2012 Courses out now
Earth Connections Centre
Date: 12th Apr 2012

Earth Connections is a new Sustainability Centre working to find practical, low cost, local and human scale solutions to global environmental problems. It aims to promote green living and inspire people to make positive changes in their lives. 

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Charity sector is 'in danger of being seduced by attractions of social finance'
Civil Society, by Andrew Hind
Date: 12th Apr 2012

"The voluntary sector prostituted itself to the government in 1997, became too dependent on statutory funding, and is now facing the consequences," claimed professor Paul Palmer in a hard-hitting critique of social finance and social enterprise at Cass Business School last night.

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On the move
Geoff Pope, Scottish Government
Date: 12th Apr 2012

I wanted to let you know that I will change jobs within the Scottish Government next month.  I’ve been offered a position in International Division as Policy Manager for South Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.  

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Big Society Capital Response
Alastair Davis (SIS)
Date: 12th Apr 2012

Social Investment Scotland has been watching Big Society Capital in recent weeks and months with a considerable degree of interest and indeed, are actually quite excited by the possibilities that this new source of capital may bring for Scotland

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Too little local power the problem
The Scotsman, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 12th Apr 2012

One way to make democracy work would be to scrap huge councils and let local groups run their own areas, writes Lesley Riddoch

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Flux to Flex: Takeaways from the 2012 Skoll World Forum
Stanford Social Innovation Review, by Jason Saul
Date: 12th Apr 2012

A new brand of social entrepreneurship is emerging.

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Mixed response for Big Lottery Fund's new strategic framework
Third Sector, by Daniel Lombard
Date: 12th Apr 2012

There's approval from Navca, but Jay Kennedy of the Directory of Social Change says social investment should not be included

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Lessons from the house that Lewis built
John Kay
Date: 12th Apr 2012

Only two decades ago the public company with dispersed share ownership was widely seen as the only sustainable form of business organisation. State control was anathema, other structures anachronistic. Organisations as varied as Goldman Sachs, the Automobile Association and water suppliers became public companies.

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The 'overclass' is the real threat to society
The Guardian, by Peter Beresford
Date: 4th Apr 2012

The rich elite shares many of the characteristics associated with the notional underclass and is tied-in with some of the most damaging developments in our society

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‘The people’ could fix broken Britain
The Scotsman, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 4th Apr 2012

If Iceland’s ordinary folk can rise up against the establishment and change the constitution, we could, too, writes Lesley Riddoch

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March Newsletter
Firstport
Date: 4th Apr 2012

March has been a busy month with some exciting announcements and many opportunities for social enterprises. 

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NCVO: Proposals for EU Structural Fund is a 'major opportunity' for the sector
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 4th Apr 2012

The European Commission’s new consultation on its EU Structural Fund represents a major opportunity for the sector, says NCVO, who is urging civil society organisations to contribute.

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Cameron launches £600m fund to promote charity investments
The Independent, by Oliver Wright
Date: 4th Apr 2012

Big Society Capital will provide credit for social enterprises and encourage individuals to invest

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Justified on any grounds
The Herald, by David Ross
Date: 4th Apr 2012

One of the lazier criticisms levelled at community land buy-outs is that they are a waste of public money. Up until now the principle argument to support community land ownership has been based on the social benefits generated by this investment - that these alone justify the amount of public subsidy involved.  Prof Jim Hunter, a long term proponent of the community land movement, has advanced a compelling argument for this investment based solely on the grounds of cost.

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Altruism – it’s our default setting
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 4th Apr 2012

Political economist, Elinor Ostrum, won the Nobel prize for her work in highlighting the capacity of communities to cooperate with each other - even to design complex rules for the long term sustainable management of scarce natural resources.  A form of natural wisdom seems to emerge for the common good.  This idea runs counter to the theories of Richard Dawkins etal who argue we are innately driven by self-interest.  New research reinforces the more optimistic view of humankind – that altruism is our natural state.

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Social Audit and Social Capital Workshops
Assist Social Capital
Date: 4th Apr 2012

An open invitation for a workshop taking place in Glasgow on the 27th April (also other dates 17th May in Edinburgh, 30th August in Dundee and 25th October in Inverness).

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I want to be alone: the rise and rise of solo living
The Guardian
Date: 3rd Apr 2012

No one told me when I was small that I could live like this. No one told me that by the age of 56 I would know all of the gay bars in New York city, most of the Irish ones and a good number of other bars, such as they are, in between.

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KibbleWorks & Impact Arts

Date: 3rd Apr 2012

RENFREW woman Danielle Cowan is carving out a successful career in a male-dominated industry – by becoming an apprentice spray-painter. And she’s loving every minute of her demanding new role.

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