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Where is Britain's Warren Buffett or Liliane Bettencourt?
By Polly Toynbee, The Guardian
Date: 31st Aug 2011

Let us now praise (some) rich men and women, the rare few who understand that philanthropy is no substitute for tax. First honours go to Warren Buffett calling on the rich to pay their fair share of tax and rejoin society.

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Social enterprise winners got the hang of business
By Douglas Blane, TES Connect
Date: 31st Aug 2011

The Social Enterprise Academy’s annual school awards celebrated the best in entrepreneurialism, from fairtrade tuck shops to recycled - and resold - school uniforms

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Homeless Scots are on top of the world
By John McGill, Evening Times
Date: 31st Aug 2011

It’s official … Scotland are footballing world champions – again.

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Where is Britain's Warren Buffett or Liliane Bettencourt?
Polly Toynbee, The Guardian
Date: 29th Aug 2011

Instead of calls to pay more tax, Britain's tycoons are looking for ways the rich can make money out of the poor.

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Social impact bonds launched by government to help poor
BBC
Date: 26th Aug 2011

Private investors are being asked to fund a new government drive to help families blighted by crime and poverty. Ministers want philanthropists, charities and other groups to put cash into "social impact bonds".

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What’s real social enterprise?
By Geof Cox, FRSA
Date: 25th Aug 2011

The recent Third Sector Research Centre work on measuring the scale of UK social enterprise is helpful in addressing the political construction of the ‘social enterprise’ concept.

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A Poverty of Leadership
Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
Date: 25th Aug 2011

When Theresa May went on radio to say what she would do about the riots, she never mentioned any local name, or civic leadership of any kind.

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Funding Deadline for Level Two Awards Approaching
Firstport
Date: 25th Aug 2011

Firstport are on the look out for Social Entrepreneurs who are in the start up phase of their social enterprise.  If you have already developed and tested your idea but need more time to implement it then a level 2 award could pay for your living expenses. Level 2 awards are awards of up to £20,000.

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Spread the jam more widely
By Dominic Jeff, Scotland on Sunday
Date: 25th Aug 2011

Glasgow energy firm EML Group is seeking to capitalise on the boom in community wind projects across Scotland with a part-ownership scheme that offers towns and villages a slice of the profits from turbines in their area. The company is offering community groups access to 100 per cent finance to take a share in small wind turbine arrays it plans to build. It says this allows communities to take part in energy projects without any risk or capital outlay.

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Policy directions spark concern over Big Lottery Fund's independence
By John Plummer, Third Sector Online
Date: 24th Aug 2011

The Office for Civil Society has been criticised for changing the wording of the Big Lottery Fund’s additionality principle.  The new version, included in a consultation document issued yesterday, removes the line that 'lottery funding is distinct from government funding'. The consultation is about the new 'policy directions' the OCS is proposing to give the BLF.

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A New Jury of the People to put the British Public Interest First
Compass
Date: 24th Aug 2011

Something is unraveling before our eyes. From bankers to media-barons, private interests have bankrupted and corrupted the public realm. Power, for so long hidden in the pockets of a cosy elite, has been exposed. Those who wield it have been found wanting – in scruples, in morals and in decency.

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I'm starting to think that the Left might actually be right
The Telegraph, Charles Moore
Date: 23rd Aug 2011

 What with the the phone-hacking scandal, the eurozone crisis and the US economic woes, the greedy few have left people disillusioned with our debased democracies.  It has taken me more than 30 years as a journalist to ask myself this question, but this week I find that I must: is the Left right after all? You see, one of the great arguments of the Left is that what the Right calls “the free market” is actually a set-up.

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Extract from Muhammad Yunus book: 'Building Social Business'

Date: 19th Aug 2011

 If you invest a thousand dollars in a social business, you'll get back a thousand dollars-not a penny more.  We are strict about this because we want ro make it very clear that the notion of personal financial benefit has no place in social business.

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Congratulations for Lyn Ewing OBE, champion of community housing
GWSF News Story
Date: 11th Aug 2011

Lyn Ewing, a former Chair of Govanhill Housing Association and of the Glasgow of West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF), has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to community housing in Glasgow.

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Camila Batmanghelidjh: Caring costs – but so do riots
The Independent
Date: 11th Aug 2011

These rioters feel they don't actually belong to the community. For years, they’ve felt cut adrift from society. Shops looted, cars and buildings burnt out, young adults in hoods on the rampage.

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Your Call Telephone Counselling
Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living
Date: 11th Aug 2011

National Freephone Telephone Counselling Service for Disabled People in Scotland.  08088 01 03 62

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Third Sector Research Centre maps foundations of a Big Society - Press Release
TSRC Informing Civil Society
Date: 11th Aug 2011

With the government’s “big society” policies laying great stress on the capacities and resources of communities, the Third Sector Research Centre is conducting novel analyses and establishing substantial new data resources, to build a picture of how communities might fare under new policies

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Northern Periphery Programme: Retail in Rural Regions Project
Tor Justad
Date: 11th Aug 2011

Project Dissemination Seminar : Thursday 8 September 2011

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£3m boost for Scottish Investment Fund
Social Investment Scotland (SIS)
Date: 11th Aug 2011

An extra £3 million pounds is being made available by the Scottish Government to help social enterprises improve their capability, capacity and sustainability.  This adds to the £28.8m that has already been invested through the Scottish Investment Fund in more than 50 organisations in the last three years

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Up to £100,000 Challenge Programme for new social enterprises
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Date: 9th Aug 2011

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is launching the Coalfield Community Challenge Programme to support people with new, imaginative and innovative ideas that create jobs and respond to worklessness in Scotland’s coalfield areas.

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Interview: Shaks Ghosh
Third Sector
Date: 4th Aug 2011

The Private Equity Foundation chief executive tells David Ainsworth about the virtues of venture philanthropy. When Shaks Ghosh became chief executive of the Private Equity Foundation in 2007 after a decade in charge of the homelessness charity Crisis, it took many by surprise.

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More than 2,000 charities and community groups face cuts
False Economy
Date: 3rd Aug 2011

More than 2,000 charities and community groups are facing budget cuts as local authorities reduce their funding – or in some cases completely withdraw it – according to research published today by False Economy.

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Social Enterprise Coalition unveils new name
By Andrew Holt, Charity Times
Date: 3rd Aug 2011

The Social Enterprise Coalition has unveiled its new visual identity and starts trading under its new name, Social Enterprise UK. The organisation changed its name and identity to better reflect its role as the national body for social enterprise and better represent the UK’s social enterprise movement.

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The Divine Right to Rule: Power and the Scots
Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman
Date: 3rd Aug 2011

Scotland likes to see itself as a land of passion, romance and rebellion: a disputatious society where no one is allowed to get too big for their boots: a permanent ‘diverse assembly’ in Robert Crawford’s telling phrase.

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Skye residents take over Tormore Forest
BBC Online
Date: 2nd Aug 2011

An island community in the south of Skye is celebrating taking ownership of a local woodland, which it hopes will provide a vital economic boost.  The Sleat Community Trust raised £330,000 of private and public funding to take over the 440-hectare Tormore Forest.

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