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Jute Legacy for Social Enterprise in Dundee
Dundee SEN
Date: 29th Aug 2013

Dundee Social Enterprise Network (DSEN) has secured £200K funding from the John Sharp Benevolent Trust to invest in new and existing social enterprise businesses in the city. The funds will allow DSEN to employ an additional part time development officer for two years.

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Scotland could become a beacon for a brighter future ... I envy you
By Neal Lawson
Date: 29th Aug 2013

I look north to Scotland with at least a tinge of envy. Away from the apathy and dejection spawned by the Westminster sluggers, politics seems to be coming alive in your country, as it must when big and meaningful decisions are entrusted to the people.

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Launch of Blossom
Lesley Riddoch
Date: 29th Aug 2013

Forgive the cheeky self promotion. But I suspect if you wait for publicity to happen on its own, you wait a long while. This book should be of interest to folk in housing, rural housing and community development

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Enterprise Ready Fund
Foundation Scotland
Date: 29th Aug 2013

The Enterprise Ready Fund is a Scottish Government funded programme which will distribute up to £6M from 2013 to 2015 to help maintain, develop and grow Scotland’s enterprising third sector.

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Support for social entrepreneurs
Big Lottery Scotland
Date: 29th Aug 2013

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director Jackie Killeen talks about our commitment to social enterprises:

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Accelerator Fund
Big Lottery Scotland
Date: 29th Aug 2013

Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Social Investment Scotland will create a new accelerator fund for early stage social enterprises in Scotland

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SCA Membership
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 29th Aug 2013

The following networks make up the Scottish Community Alliance.  Please click on a network to find out about their members and the impact they are having in communities across Scotland.

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Democracy can always be made better
Electoral Reform Society
Date: 29th Aug 2013

With constitutional change high on the agenda, a referendum on independence expected in 2014 and the technology available to really scrutinise those that seek and hold power, this is the right time for Scotland to take stock and consider its democratic future.

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Fracking idiots
The Guardian, by Lucy Mangan
Date: 22nd Aug 2013

We are all, I know, just marking time until the Oprah Winfrey interview with Lindsay Lohan takes place. So let us while away the tedious, meaningless hours by talking about fracking.

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List and Social Impact Bonds - An Overview
Bevan Brittan
Date: 22nd Aug 2013

The role of a LIST

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DTA Scotland Annual Conference - ONLY 2 WEEKS to GO!!!
DTA Scotland
Date: 22nd Aug 2013

It's only 2 weeks until the DTA Scotland Annual Conference, AGM & 10th Anniversary Celebrations!!

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Sir Humphrey is useless and our ministers are worse
By Anthony King
Date: 22nd Aug 2013

British government used to be regarded as one of the wonders of the world: intelligent, decisive and sensible, with democratically elected leaders supported by a Rolls-Royce civil service.

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You made me a Lord, Ed, but even I think it
Daily Mail, by Lord Glasman
Date: 22nd Aug 2013

It's the dog days of summer and things don’t feel quite right. England won the Ashes but I couldn’t help wishing that Stuart Broad had walked in the First Test. The Glasman family couldn’t afford to go on holiday this year so the children are bored.

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Scotland and England are growing apart. A no vote won't stop that
The Guardian, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 22nd Aug 2013

Unionist triumphalism is premature - regardless of the referendum, Scotland is heading towards independence anyway

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A quarter of parents unable to pay for their child's school uniform
Information Daily
Date: 22nd Aug 2013

The average school uniform now costs in excess of £70, leaving a swathe of parents unable to front their children's education bill.

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The evolution of social enterprise
by Mark Sesnan
Date: 22nd Aug 2013

The managing director of Greenwich Leisure Limited on how social enterprise has developed over the past two decades

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Elmore Leonard
The Telegraph
Date: 22nd Aug 2013

Elmore Leonard, who has died aged 87, was a prolific writer of crime thrillers, westerns and screenplays; he produced more than 40 books, including the crime novels Rum Punch, Maximum Bob, Freaky Deaky and (perhaps most celebrated of all) Get Shorty, filmed in 1995 with John Travolta as the ultra-cool mob enforcer Chili Palmer.

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Elmore Leonard on Writing
Elmore Leonard
Date: 22nd Aug 2013

Great 5 minute clip of Elmore Leonard talking about his craft

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Phil Welsh: Housing volunteer and leader
The Herald Scotland
Date: 15th Aug 2013

Phil Welsh, who has died aged 70, was a well-known figure in the Scottish housing movement, a founder member of West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative (WWHC) in Cambuslang and the co-operative's first chairperson.

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The BBC needs conserving. Yet these Conservatives think not
The Guardian, by Polly Toynbee
Date: 15th Aug 2013

Yes, it makes mistakes, but the corporation is a democratic asset. Try telling that to ministers taking the Murdoch line

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Scotland has the most inequitable land ownership in the west. Why?
The Observer, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 15th Aug 2013

As the grouse season opens, reforms are gathering which would allow tenant farmers to buy their land and end centuries of privilege that have made the rich ever richer

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The missing stories and, for some, the pain of growing up
By Gerry Hassan
Date: 15th Aug 2013

Last Saturday the Scottish football season opened in earnest with the first weekend programme of the new Scottish Premiership

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Peter Jones: Vision of an independent republic
The Scotsman
Date: 15th Aug 2013

Aileen Campbell’s admission that she would prefer an independent Scotland to be a republic is extremely interesting – all the more so because she is a minister in Alex Salmond’s government.

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Feeding the Five Million
Nourish Scotland
Date: 15th Aug 2013

“Feeding the Five Million: what would it take for everyone in Scotland to eat well and sustainably?”

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Zero hours contracts widespread in third sector
Third Force News
Date: 15th Aug 2013

Third sector organisations employ a third of all staff on zero hours contracts, according to new research.

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Introvert/Extrovert Spectrum
Quiet, by Susan Cain
Date: 14th Aug 2013

If you're not sure where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum, you can assess yourself here.  Answer each questions 'true' or 'false', choosing the answer that applies to you more often that not.

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Radical new planning rules unveiled to rescue the high street
Information Daily
Date: 8th Aug 2013

Radical new planning rules, which will allow local people to transform empty premises, have been announced in a bid to save the high street.

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Social Enterprise: Save our Streets
Firstport
Date: 8th Aug 2013

More and more often in the news hear about the decline of the high-streets and the negative impact that the recession, digital technology and out-of-town shopping centres (amongst other things) are having on the health of the high street and its role in the lives of local communities.

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Alex Salmond has called for cap on payday loan interest rates
Daily Record
Date: 8th Aug 2013

First Minister says loan industry should face tougher regulations and welcomes move to expand credit unions.

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Football fans' groups should be given first refusal on clubs if they go up for sale, say Scottish Greens
Daily Record
Date: 8th Aug 2013

The Scottish Green party aims to make clubs more representative of their communities.

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Charity Commission chairman issues charity pay warning
BBC News
Date: 8th Aug 2013

Large salaries paid to charity staff could "bring the charitable world into disrepute", a regulator has warned. Charity Commission chairman William Shawcross said organisations must ask if pay levels are "really appropriate".

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Andrew Marr, after the stroke:
The Observer, by Robert McCrum
Date: 8th Aug 2013

The TV presenter suffered a severe stroke after a strenuous workout in January. On the eve of his return to our screens he talks of his fight back to health

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Bring on the ‘real’ sharing economy
NewStart
Date: 8th Aug 2013

This month New Start has published a number of articles about the sharing economy and asks whether it can regenerate local areas.

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The cost of money: Big Society Capital in the hotseat
Pioneers Post
Date: 8th Aug 2013

Many commentators don’t believe the rhetoric is matched by the reality on the ground. Nick Temple, director of business and enterprise at Social Enterprise UK, says, "for all the excitement surrounding the social investment industry, the jury is still out on whether it can meet the needs of the vast majority of social enterprises in the UK."

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Letters: The scandal of public-sector outsourcing
The Guardian
Date: 8th Aug 2013

It was encouraging to see John Harris (The biggest company you've never heard of, G2, 30 July) tackle the scandal of public-sector outsourcing and hopefully a sign that a wider public critique may at last be stirring: one that recognises that public and private are different moral spheres with different ethics and values towards notions of what public service means.

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Social Enterprise Mapping
BIG Lottery (Scotland)
Date: 1st Aug 2013

We have commissioned ekos to map social enterprises and social enterprise activity across all 32 local authority areas.

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SNP keen on greater isles autonomy, says First Minister in ‘Lerwick Declaration’
The Shetland Times
Date: 1st Aug 2013

A new ministerial task force will be set up to examine how Shetland and the other island groups can gain greater autonomy as part of a “Lerwick Declaration” by First Minister Alex Salmond yesterday.

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Scottish Affairs Committee launches consultation on comprehensive land reform in Scotland
Parliament UK
Date: 1st Aug 2013

The Committee Chair is calling for an end to "tax avoidance and subsidy milking" by landowners in Scotland.

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Welby, Wonga and the moral dilemma of financial investments
The Guardian, by Andrew Brown
Date: 1st Aug 2013

The archbishop had to admit that the Church of England's investment policy inevitably runs up against sinful actions

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Social Investment Business spent £115k on Acevo services over three years
Civil Society, by Tania Mason
Date: 1st Aug 2013

The Social Investment Business, which is chaired by Sir Stephen Bubb, bought £115,000 worth of services from Acevo, where Sir Stephen is chief executive, during the last three years, its accounts show.

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The Charitable-Industrial Complex
New York Times, by Peter Buffet
Date: 1st Aug 2013

I had spent much of my life writing music for commercials, film and television and knew little about the world of philanthropy as practiced by the very wealthy until what I call the big bang happened in 2006.

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Iconic Psychiatrist Carl Jung on Human Personality in Rare BBC Interview
by Maria Popova
Date: 1st Aug 2013

Legendary Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875–June 6, 1961), along with his frenemy Freud, is considered the founding father of modern analytical psychology.

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