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A Left-Handed Commencement Address
By Ursula Le Guin
Date: 30th Aug 2016

I want to thank the Mills College Class of ’83 for offering me a rare chance: to speak aloud in public in the language of women.

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A Basic Income Would Upend America’s Work Ethic - and That’s a Good Thing
The Nation, by Fred Block and Frances Fox Piven
Date: 30th Aug 2016

Freedom to control our time should lie at the heart of any struggle. 

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Highland community hydro project reaches £900,000 milestone
The Scotsman
Date: 30th Aug 2016

A major green energy scheme for the Highland town of Ullapool has reached its funding target of almost £1million. 

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Renewing Local Democracy in Scotland
Andy Wightman
Date: 25th Aug 2016

Local government in Scotland is very different from most of the rest of Europe.

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Update on The Reid Foundation

Date: 24th Aug 2016

Jeremy Corbyn to give Jimmy Reid memorial lecture on a productive economy and good secure jobs

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Ursula K. Le Guin
Wikipedia
Date: 24th Aug 2016

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929) is an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. 

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A Work in Progress: A Modern Constitution for an Independent Scottish Republic
Demos Scotland, by Dr Mark McNaught
Date: 23rd Aug 2016

We at Demos Scotland are pleased to engage in an ambitious project to develop a written constitution underpinning a Scottish Republic worthy of its people.

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Social Enterprise in the Periphery
David Bryan
Date: 23rd Aug 2016

They used to call it the ‘Highland Problem’. When unemployment was endemic, housing and roads were poor, and wages were much lower than elsewhere. Future prospects were lacking, so young people left and rarely came back. The sense of powerlessness was palpable.

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Community Development : An Introduction to Spell-casting
Alex Walker
Date: 23rd Aug 2016

Alex Walker is one of Scotland's leading experts in the field of Community Development and in this light-hearted presentation, he talks about some of the "spells" he has used over the years as he weaves his "magic".

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You cannot keep politics out of sport ... Uefa's ban on the Palestinian flag is hyper political
The National, by Cat Boyd
Date: 23rd Aug 2016

The Palestine flag is apparently an “illicit banner”, according to Uefa, who will most likely be fining Celtic after a wall of fans raised the colours during the 5-2 trashing of Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

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BIG Scotland

Date: 18th Aug 2016

The consultation mentioned in the article has been about policy directions we receive on our funding distributed in England and through our UK portfolio, which is a slice of funding (10%) that we use to fund proposals that can come from or benefit anywhere across the UK (or indeed multiple places across the four countries).

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Black Hole
George Monbiot
Date: 18th Aug 2016

 This is how, in a democracy, you win when you’re outnumbered: you purchase the results. It’s how politics now works: the very rich throw money at the parties, lobby groups and think tanks that project their demands. If they are clever, they keep their names out of it.

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Corbyn joins seatless commuters on floor for three-hour train journey
The Guardian, by Charles B Anthony and Karen McVeigh
Date: 18th Aug 2016

Spending a busy train journey without a seat, crushed up against other commuters in the aisle, or crouched uncomfortably in the luggage compartment is an all-too-common experience for many. But you don’t expect to spot the leader of the opposition on the floor of a train on your way to work. 

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Jeremy Corbyn wins backing of 84% of local Labour parties
The Guardian, by Jessica Elgot
Date: 18th Aug 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has won local party nominations by a landslide in the Labour leadership contest, with 84% of constituency nominations at the final count.

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Nicola Sturgeon's Holyrood power grab 'undermines democracy', think tank warns
The Herald Scotland, By Daniel Sanderson
Date: 17th Aug 2016

A think tank has questioned the independence of Scottish Parliament committees after backbench MSPs were made assistants to the ministers they are supposed to hold to account.

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The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce a Third of Its GDP
Yes! Magazine, by John Duda
Date: 11th Aug 2016

 Picture a day like this: You wake up and head to your job at a small company you own and manage together with your fellow workers, doing high-tech, advanced manufacturing that’s too specialized for bigger factories. 

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Thousands Moving Money to Black-Owned Banks
Yes! Magazine, by Zenobia Jeffries
Date: 10th Aug 2016

Singer Solange Knowles, sister of pop star Beyonce, recently announced that she was moving her dollars to a Black-owned bank. Last month, Knowles posted on her Instagram account—where she has over a million followers—“I’m proud to say I made that step today. Time to literally put my money where my mouth is.”

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“Where I Eat My Bread.... Stories of In-Migration To The Highlands And Islands”
By R. B. Macleod
Date: 9th Aug 2016

So often immigrants – whether from within or outwith the EU, whether coming here to work or fleeing persecution and poverty – are seen as a problem

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About Book - “Where I eat my Bread - that is my Country”
R B MacLeod
Date: 9th Aug 2016

This wee book is a compilation of stories from Migrants or Immigrants

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Social Stock Exchange (SSX)
Pauline Hinchion (SCRT)
Date: 9th Aug 2016
The SSX, with the strapline ‘Where Profit meets Purpose’, was launched in 2013. 
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Social Stock Exchange heads for Glasgow
The Herald Scotland, by Simon Bain
Date: 9th Aug 2016

The Social Stock Exchange, offering investment with a social impact, is to cross the Border and open in Glasgow.

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Revealed: former students of Scotland's 'ancient' universities control Holyrood
The Herald Scotland, by David Leask
Date: 9th Aug 2016
They are the true political elite of Scotland, more powerful than any party or movement.
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Glasgow: A city divided along learning lines
Al Jazerra, by Andrew McFadyen
Date: 9th Aug 2016

Educational opportunity in Scotland’s biggest city in the spotlight as Freedom of Information requests show disparity.

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Bursary offer for SENs and their members
Senscot
Date: 4th Aug 2016
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Jeremy Corbyn’s 10 Point Manifesto ‘To Rebuild and Transform Britain’
Huffington Post, by Paul Waugh
Date: 4th Aug 2016
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BroomPower

Date: 4th Aug 2016

The Feed In Tariff (FiT) subsidies from UK Govt have been reducing since inception of these around 10 years ago.

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You scratch my back, I’ll give you a title: The honours system at work
The National, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 3rd Aug 2016

Never having been nominated to receive anything more outstanding than a severe dose of corporal punishment at school, I can only guess at how proud the recipient of a Knighthood or an Order of the British Empire must feel. 

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The Corbyn Model of Leadership
By Roy Madron
Date: 1st Aug 2016

Of all the people currently in leadership positions in a major political party anywhere in the world, Jeremy Corbyn is the only one who shows the potential of being a leader who could begin to manage successfully the complex problems that all of our societies have to face in the coming decades.

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Questions all Jeremy Corbyn supporters need to answer
Owen Jones
Date: 1st Aug 2016
Labour and the left teeter on the brink of disaster. There, I said it. I’ll explain why. But first, it has become increasingly common in politics to reduce disagreements to bad faith. Rather than accepting somebody has a different perspective because, well, that’s what they think, you look for an ulterior motive instead
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Social Impact Reporting and Marketing: A Hazy Divide?
Social Audit Network, By Alan Kay
Date: 1st Aug 2016
It is a powerful quote from Chomsky and not one that I entirely agree with as I feel that businesses have to promote and sell their products in the competitive environment which is part of our prevailing economic system.
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Measuring Social Impact ‘is like quicksilver in the hand’
Social Audit Network, By Anne Lythgoe
Date: 1st Aug 2016

I was at a conference recently about the future of Volunteering where discussion arose about how to measure its impact. Representatives from volunteering organisers complained about the problem of commissioners expecting longitudinal measurement of the social impact of volunteering

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