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Human Rights in an Independent Scotland
Glasgow Human Rights Network, by Kurt Mills
Date: 30th Aug 2012

With the debate over Scottish independence heating up, one issue which has been neglected is the role of human rights. This includes both issues surrounding the right to self-determination/independence as well as the possibilities for human rights in Scotland if Scotland becomes independent.

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Move Your Money helping social enterprise to offer alternative to ‘useless’ Basic Bank Accounts
Economic Voice
Date: 30th Aug 2012

Move Your Money has teamed up with London Rebuilding Society, a social enterprise that offers fair and affordable financial services to people excluded by conventional banks, to offer an alternative current accounts for people excluded by the big banks.

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A Tree Day Out - The Melting Pot's 5th Birthday Celebration
The Melting Pot
Date: 30th Aug 2012

Almost seven years ago, Claire Carpenter received a Scotland unLtd award to help her create a social innovation centre in Edinburgh. Claire’s venture, The Melting Pot, celebrate its 5th anniversary next month. 

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After Capitalism
George Monbiot
Date: 30th Aug 2012

An animation calling for economic democracy. To answer the question of what the world will look like after capitalism, we first have to decide what we mean by capitalism. If it means a system that arises from lending money at interest, then there will be no “after capitalism”.

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Invested interests & Email Exchange
Laurence Demarco & David Floyd
Date: 30th Aug 2012

It’s always worth reading Laurence Demarco’s weekly Senscot social enterprise e-mail bulletin. One of many reasons for that is Laurence is one of the few voices in the UK social enterprise support sector to offer anything remotely resembling clear position on social investment.

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Game on for the social investment octathlon!
The Social Enterprise Magazine, by James Perry
Date: 30th Aug 2012

As the summer holiday season draws to a close, our focus moves from how to occupy the children to the opportunities and challenges that lie before us in the emergent social investment industry.

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How to Weather a Hurricane
The New York Times, by Daniel P Aldrich
Date: 30th Aug 2012

HURRICANE Isaac, which made landfall in Louisiana last night, has not only disrupted the Republican National Convention but also brought back painful memories of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast seven years ago this week.

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SCVO chief defended after LibDem leader asks Sime to quit
Civil Society, by Niki May Young
Date: 24th Aug 2012

The convenor of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has heartily defended chief executive Martin Sime after the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats urged him to reconsider his position as head of the umbrella body, over claims of political bias ahead of the Scottish referendum on independence.

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Notes from Social Investment Round Table
The Big Lottery Fund
Date: 23rd Aug 2012

People can have great ideas but can lack capacity to take that idea through full implementation – how can we create a culture that encourages people to explore ideas before they are ready to ask for money?

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Recuitment: Member
Big Lottery Fund
Date: 23rd Aug 2012

The Big Lottery Fund has invested £375 million in over 16,000 projects in Scotland since 2006. We will invest a further £270 million by 2015. Invested in excellent organisations, this funding is making real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.

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Consultation on the Community Empowerment & Renewal Bill – a missed opportunity?
Dr Kim McKee
Date: 23rd Aug 2012

Finally got a chance to sit down and read the Scottish Government’s consultation on the proposed Community Empowerment & Renewal Bill. Underwhelmed is the adjective that first springs to mind.

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EVENT: Stand & Deliver - Together
Social Firms Scotland
Date: 23rd Aug 2012

Partnership working and collaboration is becoming increasingly important whether it is collaborating on an issue, theme, contract, programme or project.

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Social Investment in Scotland
Senscot
Date: 23rd Aug 2012

Big Society Capital (BSC) – the UK Govt’s new social investment bank – is not reticent about its core strategy. Founding chair, Ronald Cohen is unequivocal – BSC’s mission is to grow the market in social investment by tapping into the vast wealth of capital markets.

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At arm’s length: the verdict on external organisations
Holyrood Online Magazine, by Kate Shannon
Date: 22nd Aug 2012

Many different opinions surround the use of arm’s length external organisations (ALEOs). Some view them as a cost effective and efficient way to deliver services to Scotland’s communities, while others believe they are a tax dodge which avoid proper public scrutiny.

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What Is the True Nature of the Social Enterprise
The Huffington Post, by Alan Moore
Date: 17th Aug 2012

When we use the phrase social enterprise, we all intuitively understand that is in some way different from an orthodox view of how industrial enterprises operate, how they are organised, what is their role and purpose, by which I mean whom do they really serve?

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The Spanish Robin Hood
The Guardian, by Dan Hancox
Date: 17th Aug 2012

When Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo led a farm labourer's raid on a supermarket he was redistributing wealth to the poor. You'd expect nothing less from the mayor of the communist utopia of Marinaleda.

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UK government has not taken up discussions with Scotland over National Citizen Service
Third Sector Online, by Jenna Pudelek
Date: 16th Aug 2012

The Scottish government says it tried to arrange talks about the scheme two years ago, but none have taken place.

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5 Key Principles
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 16th Aug 2012

Key principles of community empowerment which should underpin the forthcoming Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill

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What is a Social Business
Social Bite
Date: 16th Aug 2012

What is a Social Business? Simply put, a Social Business is a non-loss, non-dividend company designed to address a social objective. Social Business is a cause-driven business rather than profit driven.

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Members’ Briefing – Procurement Reform Bill
Social Firms Scotland
Date: 15th Aug 2012

The consultation on the Procurement Reform Bill (previously called Sustainable Procurement Bill) has now been launched.  

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The attempt to trademark 'social enterprise' is mystifying
The Guardian
Date: 15th Aug 2012

Peter Holbrook explains why Social Enterprise UK is leading the charge against attempts by Salesforce to trademark the term

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What is Social Business?
Scottish Social Bussines Fund
Date: 15th Aug 2012

Simply put, a Social Business is a non-loss, non-dividend company designed to address a social objective. Social Business is a cause-driven business rather than profit driven.

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Board of Directors Opportunity
Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 14th Aug 2012

The Social Enterprise Academy is a social enterprise, rooted in Scotland, which was started in 2004 by a group of like-minded folk who believed passionately that the emerging social enterprise model could change the world. 

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Leaving Alexandria by Richard Holloway – review
The Observer, by Mary Warnock
Date: 9th Aug 2012

Richard Holloway, who resigned as Bishop of Edinburgh in 2000, has written a candid and deeply moving account of his growing disillusionment with religion.

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Northern lights
Spectator, by Lloyd Evans
Date: 9th Aug 2012

No one knows quite. why we go. It's not for the whisky (which is like drinking liquefied peppercorns), or for the shortbread (like eating undercooked biscuit-mix), or for the weather (like walking through a car-wash).

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The Cooperative Moment
The Cooperative Moment
Date: 8th Aug 2012

In the age of failing globalisation, cooperatives are the microcosms of a more stable and resilient economy.

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Serco set to take charge of 'big society' initiative
The Observer, by Daniel Boffey
Date: 8th Aug 2012

Charities warn against bid to run David Cameron's programme for teenagers, the National Citizen Service.

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The poison of inequality was behind last summer's riots
The Guardian, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
Date: 8th Aug 2012

A year on from the riots, the government is still failing to identify their underlying causes.

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Lords Reform: A failure for Britain’s political class
Electoral Reform Society, by Katie Ghose, Chief Executive
Date: 8th Aug 2012

And so it’s come to pass. After all the gossip the government has finally withdrawn the House of Lords Reform bill.

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Electoral Reform Society History & Goverance
Electoral Reform Society
Date: 8th Aug 2012

For over 100 years the Electoral Reform Society has been fighting for fairer votes and a better democracy. First known as the Proportional Representation Society, the Society was established in 1884 by the Victorian naturalist, archaeologist and polymath Sir John Lubbock to bring likeminded people to the cause of fair votes.

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A Crisis of Bigness
Resurgence
Date: 8th Aug 2012

We are living in a frightening and exciting historical moment. All around us there are signs of paradigms shifting: Occupy camps springing up; riots on the streets; growing anger about the greed of those at the top of the financial pyramid.

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Current Events for members
Social Enterprise Scotland
Date: 8th Aug 2012

Social Enterprise Scotland's policy events provide an opportunity for SES members, social enterprises and supporters to gather and discuss relevant policy issues - both national and local. 

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Restaurant to employ people with mental health problems
Mental Healthy, by William Smith
Date: 8th Aug 2012

An award winning restaurant in Edinburgh is to be turned into a not-for-profit business. The restaurant which is based in the New Town area will provide work for people who suffer from mental health problems.

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This much I know: Jimmy McGovern
The Observer, by Megan Conner
Date: 8th Aug 2012

The scriptwriter, 62, on being a late talker, a fan of Kenny Dalglish and a political dramatist.

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Co-op schools: Is the future of education co-operation?
The Guardian
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

Simon Birch looks at the spectacular rise of co-op education, one of the fastest growing sectors in the co-op economy

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Time for some militant optimism about the big society?
The Guardian, by Caroline Slocock
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

We must reinvent the big society with a bigger role for the voluntary and community sector, says Caroline Slocock, director of thinktank Civil Exchange

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Scorched Earth Economics
George Monbiot
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

Why have the Year Zero policies of neoliberalism not been abandoned?

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Those Non-Profit Packers
The New Yorker
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

In a season where N.F.L. owners have steadily threatened to lock out the players next year unless they secure more profits in the next collective bargaining agreement, it’s poetic justice to see the Green Bay Packers, the team without an owner, make the Super Bowl.

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The Life & Letters of Pete Ilich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

Do not believe those who try to persuade you that composition is only a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer's soul when he is stirred by inspiration.

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The fate of social investment as Big Society turns two
Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

As Big Society celebrates its second birthday this month, Daniela Barone Soares argues that Big Society Capital is potentially a game-changer but is at risk of becoming a victim of its own pioneering status

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Jackie Killeen: What happens when local communities take control
The Scotsman
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

At the Big Lottery Fund we have been supporting communities to acquire and develop local assets for many years, most recently through our Growing Community Assets (GCA) programme.

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A new model to unlock infrastructure investment
Social Enterprise Magazine, by Dan Gregory
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

Better value for money, more popular and longer-term models of infrastructure finance would result from Community Infrastructure Bonds – a new idea proposed in a report from independent think-tank ResPublica.

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Early Childhood Development Center
DailyGood
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

In Nepal, if a woman goes to prison and none of her relatives can care for her children, the children often accompany their mother to prison. Children grow up in the confines of jail cells without access to education, proper nutrition, warm clothing, and medical care.

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Applecross Needs a GP
Applecross Community Company
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

Applecross is a small community on the north west coast, with a very active population of just over 200. It is one of the areas identified by HIE as fragile and they have funded my post as local development officer under their Community Account Management initiative.

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Fife Diet Launches Food Manifesto to Change the Way we Eat
All Meadia Scotland
Date: 2nd Aug 2012

The Fife Diet today launched a new food manifesto for Scotland as a contribution to the food and drink policy framework.

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