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Crowdfunding - Patrick Geddes Library
BOLD
Date: 28th Aug 2014

Working with Scottish Historic Buildings Trust we are raising funds and awareness to help ‘grow’ the Patrick Geddes Library. Patrick Geddes, though living in the 1800’s, has a philosophy towards life that is still hugely relevant today.

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Monster News on the Canal Today
Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
Date: 28th Aug 2014

One of Edinburgh’s well-known social enterprises, Re-union Canal Boats, plays host, today, to the new Monster branding “Buy the Good Stuff” to encourage the public to buy more from social enterprise businesses in their area.

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What is happening in Scotland?
NCIA
Date: 28th Aug 2014

This paper has been produced as part of the NCIA Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services. The Inquiry is specifically concerned with those voluntary and community organisations that deliver services in local communities, especially those that accept state money for these activities. 

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The Guardian view on the Rotherham child abuse scandal: no excuse
The Guardian
Date: 28th Aug 2014

Shaun Wright, Labour’s South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, who was Rotherham’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services from 2005 until 2010, is refusing to resign.

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Sale of the century: the privatisation scam
The Guardian, by James Meek
Date: 28th Aug 2014

Privatisation promised to turn the UK into an island of small shareholders. It failed: the faceless state bureaucrats have been replaced by faceless (better-paid) private bureaucrats - and big foreign corporations. How did we get to this point?

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Umbrella bodies ‘have failed to resist government agenda for the sector’
Civil Society, by David Ainsworth
Date: 28th Aug 2014

Umbrella bodies have lost independence and have not adequately opposed cuts to government spending or the privatisation of public services, according to a report published last week by the National Coalition for Independent Action.

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Who we are
National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA)
Date: 28th Aug 2014
National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA) is an alliance of individuals and organisations who believe that we need to unite in independent voluntary and community action.
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Still irresistible, a working-class hero's finest speech
The Independent
Date: 28th Aug 2014

Jimmy Reid, the Clydeside trade union activist who died this week, was an inspiring orator. This speech, delivered on his inauguration as rector of Glasgow University in 1972, was compared at the time to the Gettysburg Address. It has lost little of its relevance

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Removal of asset lock on dividends from CICs 'will encourage social investment'
Third Sector, by Sam Burne James
Date: 28th Aug 2014

New legislation means community interest companies will be able to pay dividends of more than 20 per cent of their share value to individual shareholders in one year.

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National Collective
Manifesto by Ruth Wishart
Date: 21st Aug 2014

Thinking back, what a shilpit offering it was. A debating chamber hollowed out of the Old Royal High school hall in Edinburgh’s Regent Road; earmarked to be the Scottish Assembly if Scotland said yes to limited devolution in 1979.

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Smaller, Greener Banking
Friends of the Earth Scotland and by Ray Perman
Date: 21st Aug 2014

Despite the reforms brought in after the financial crash, we still have a banking system which does not adequately meet the needs of society – and in particular does not provide support for a sustainable future.

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Social Investment by Charities
by Pauline Hinchion
Date: 21st Aug 2014

During the summer months, the Law Commission (England and Wales) consulted on the issue of ‘Social Investment by Charities’.  The consultation was brought forward after the Office for Civil Society indicated that the issue of Social Investment and barriers to it was a priority for them.

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The teaching of social enterprise
by Robert Rubinstein
Date: 21st Aug 2014
For the past 25 years, I have been hearing how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability will be critical for the corporate world on three levels:  Finance, Personnel, Reputation
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Social Enterprise Policy & Practice: Scotland's Annual Conference
CEiS
Date: 21st Aug 2014

Wednesday 3rd September 2014, Glasgow

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£6 million grants awarded to third sector
Scottish Government
Date: 21st Aug 2014
More than 115 organisations to benefit from Enterprise Ready Fund.  Grants totalling £6 million have been awarded to over 115 enterprising third sector organisations, Finance Secretary John Swinney confirmed today.
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What Scotland needs to Flourish
By Lesley Riddoch
Date: 21st Aug 2014

We envy the achievements of the Nordic nations, but still hesitate to commit our income to pay for high quality public services. Why is that? Could it be that suspicion, doubt, an urge to compete and a “devil take the hindmost” attitude are all embedded in British society?

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Jimmy Reid think tank hampered by schism at the top
Sunday Herald, by Paul Hutcheon
Date: 21st Aug 2014

A left-wing think tank created in memory of Scottish trade unionist Jimmy Reid is in turmoil amid an increasingly bitter dispute between its convener and former director.

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Local People Leading
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 21st Aug 2014

The Scottish Community Alliance is leading the campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland. It was initiated in Jan 2007 by an informal coalition of four national networks: Development Trust Association Scotland, Community Woodlands Association, Community Recycling Network Scotland and Senscot.

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How to get excited about local government reform
Electoral Reform Society, by Willie Sullivan
Date: 21st Aug 2014

Recent weeks have continued to see all sorts of handwringing and dark soothsaying about the state of representative democracy. Untrusted politicians, growing inequality and low election turnouts are just part of this sorry state.

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Social Investment by Charities
Pauline Hinchion
Date: 21st Aug 2014
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A good state would give each of us the chance to thrive
The Guardian, by Yvonne Roberts
Date: 14th Aug 2014

A dynamic modern country should not treat its citizens as passive clients, but as agents for a greater change

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Scotland’s Third Sector Making Major In-roads to Public Sector Procurement
ReadyforBusiness
Date: 14th Aug 2014

There is an increasing recognition that councils can use their substantial purchasing power to achieve even greater impacts on the local economy, communities and the environment. 

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Model: Scottish Parliament Eases Social Enterprise’s Way to Gov. Money
NPO, by Ruth McCambridge
Date: 14th Aug 2014

The economy, energy, and tourism committee of the Scottish Parliament held a session last week to look at the state of the social enterprise sector in Scotland and at how to facilitate their bids for public contracts.

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Robin Williams Quote from Good Will Hunting
Heavy.com
Date: 14th Aug 2014

So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? 

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Robin Williams: 'I was shameful, did stuff that caused disgust - that's hard to recover from'
The Guardian, by Decca Aitkenhead
Date: 14th Aug 2014

His new film, World's Greatest Dad, is a glorious return to form. But a mournful Robin Williams would rather talk about his battle with drugs and alcohol - and recovering from heart surgery

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Easy Read of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Policy Memorandum
The Scottish Government
Date: 14th Aug 2014

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill was put before the Scottish Parliament in June 2014.

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New Report Echoes Green Ideas
by Andy Wightman
Date: 14th Aug 2014

Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy committee, is welcoming today’s report on strengthening local democracy.

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Councils 'should be given more power', report says
BBC
Date: 14th Aug 2014

The tax raised on house sales could go to councils instead of central government

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Second Scottish independence debate to be screened live across UK by BBC
The Guardian, by Severin Carrell
Date: 14th Aug 2014

Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond will go head to head on 25 August, as 700,000 postal votes are sent out for the referendum

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Hollywood film legend dies aged 89
The Independent
Date: 14th Aug 2014
The star, best known for acting opposite her husband Humphrey Bogart, is believed to have suffered a stroke at her home in New York
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Separate door for the poor? Welcome to classless Britain
The Guardian, by Lucy Mangan
Date: 7th Aug 2014

'Poor doors are visible. They are a brilliant, instantly comprehensible distillation of an entire complex of social, cultural and political attitudes'

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Economy Committee: Social enterprises in Scotland
BBC, Democracy Live
Date: 7th Aug 2014

The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee took evidence on social enterprises in Scotland.

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It's not numbers these men need but a moral compass
by Alex Bell
Date: 6th Aug 2014

The longer we go the less we know. What is true of life applies in spades to the referendum. Last night that ignorance was embodied by two men who only really know they don't like each other.

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5 Bad Reasons to Start a For-Profit Social Enterprise
Harvard Business Review, by Rich Leimsider
Date: 6th Aug 2014

Should a new social good organization choose a for-profit model or a nonprofit one? This is a question we face each year at my organization, Echoing Green, when we evaluate thousands of business plans from social entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital and support.

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What causes health?
By Harry Burns
Date: 6th Aug 2014

Most doctors would be puzzled by such a question. Isn’t health caused by avoiding illness? Don’t we keep healthy by not smoking, not drinking and eating sensibly? 

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Campaigning of residents on Glasgow's famous Duke Street to be celebrated in major new documentary
Daily Record, by Paul English
Date: 6th Aug 2014

The pioneering work of Reidvale Housing Association around the east end of Glasgow’s Duke Street - the longest street in the UK - features in The Secret History of Our Streets.

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