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Desiderata
Max Ehrmann
Date: 20th Dec 2012

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.  As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

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Bridge toll protesters were right, says their prosecutor
The Herald Scotland, by David Ross
Date: 19th Dec 2012

IT was a protest that led to more than 100 people being convicted of refusing to pay to use the Skye Bridge, and lasted nearly 10 years until the controversial tolls were themselves abolished.

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James Jack
The Herald Scotland
Date: 19th Dec 2012

JAMES Jack, who has died aged 87, was a prominent Paisley solicitor who used his formidable knowledge of company law to help transform Kibble Residential School into one of the most successful social enterprise ventures in Scotland.

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Community spirit? Tinctures, potions and pills as well…

Date: 19th Dec 2012
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20 per cent CIC cap must be scrapped, insists Stephen Lloyd
Civil Society
Date: 19th Dec 2012

Community interest companies must scrap the 20 per cent cap on dividend pay-outs if they are to thrive, Bates Wells & Braithwaite senior partner Stephen Lloyd said on Friday.

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We need to iron out problems with payment by results
The Guardian, by Shivaji Shiva and Simon Lee
Date: 19th Dec 2012

Problems can occur in a payment by results system, but the charitable sector should discuss solutions rather than reject contracts entirely

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Shared tastes and common values
Community Food & Health (Scotland)
Date: 19th Dec 2012

With 2012 being United Nations International Year of Co-operatives, it seems a fitting time to explore Scotland’s past, current and potential future relationship between co-operation, food and health.

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Membership Badge Criteria
Social Enterprise UK
Date: 19th Dec 2012

SEUK new member badges are designed to get social enterprises to promote themselves as such. If our members want to use the ‘we are a social enterprise’ badge, we ask them to agree with a number of statements that show they meet some basic criteria that we feel are the essential characteristics of social enterprises:

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Greek football sponsors: The brothel and the undertaker
BBC News
Date: 19th Dec 2012

Their goalkeeping is competent, their teamwork solid but it is not their skills that make Voukefalas FC stand out on the pitch, it is their shirts - bright pink and emblazoned with the words "Villa Erotica"

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Communities Bill could see 'biggest transfer of power since devolution'
STV
Date: 13th Dec 2012

Wide-reaching proposals to empower local communities have been lauded as potentially "the biggest transfer of power since devolution".

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Housing Associations Need to Invigorate Their Social Passion
ResPublica
Date: 13th Dec 2012

Hazel Blears MP expresses hope that the new report by ResPublica could reinvigorate energy and social passion

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The Gift of Death
George Monbiot
Date: 13th Dec 2012

Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it.

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Safety in danger
The Spectator, by William Leith
Date: 13th Dec 2012

Antifragile: How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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A Funder’s Perspective on Public Social Partnerships and Social Impact Bonds
The Robertson Trust
Date: 13th Dec 2012

This paper has provided a brief overview of recent developments around PSPs and SIBs in the UK and has assessed the comparative strengths and weaknesses of both models from a funder’s perspective. Specifically, the paper has highlighted that:

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Mythbuster: Tall tales about welfare reform
Red Pepper
Date: 13th Dec 2012

Ben Baumberg, Kate Bell and Declan Gaffney tackle some of the most common welfare myths

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Susan Boyle: this much I know
The Observer, by Megan Conner
Date: 13th Dec 2012

The singer on her life-changing break, Britain's unseen poverty and why she'll never leave her family home

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New Europen Commisson Report on the Social Economy

Date: 5th Dec 2012

This is the Executive Summary for the main report and in itself is over 60 pages long(!) but it has quite a nice potted history of the social economy and thus of the pre-history of the social enterprise movement.

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The state: we've no more ownership of it than Chelsea fans have of the club
The Guardian, by Ian Jack
Date: 5th Dec 2012

We live in a globalised age. Does it matter if a French company owns the electricity supply so long as it works?

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Menie ways for civic Scots to be heard
Scotsman, by Gerry Hassan
Date: 5th Dec 2012

The fight against Trump’s golf course is a beacon for how communities can combat centralisation, argues Gerry Hassan

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Kick-starting Social Innovation in Scotland
Social Value Lab
Date: 5th Dec 2012

A major new initiative has now been launched to encourage and support social and public service innovation in Scotland.

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Sturgeon sharpens independence debate as a battle for centre-left
The Guardian, by Severin Carrell
Date: 5th Dec 2012

In her first major speech on independence, Nicola Sturgeon ought to worry Labour by attacking their recent political history and claims to be the natural champions for Scotland's centre-left voters.

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'Shadow state' being created by privatisation of public services
Public Sevice Europe, by Sam Simmons
Date: 5th Dec 2012

Excessive profiteering by private companies has no place in our public service markets but it is already damaging many sectors and hurting ordinary citizens – warns campaign group

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