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West Highland Free Press
Brian Wilson
Date: 18th Feb 2011

Maybe it is a sign of going soft, but I am not as dismissive of David Cameron’s Big Society as is fashionably correct. At least it’s better than John Mayor’s Cones Hotline or Margaret Thatcher’s view that “there is no such thing as society”, big or little.

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10 Million Pound Jobs Scheme Launched
Scottish Government
Date: 18th Feb 2011

Finance Secretary John Swinney today announced the Scottish Government will invest a further 10 million pounds in 2011-12 to support unemployed young people into work and training opportunities in a new programme, Community Jobs Scotland. 

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Exploring Engagement
The Scottish Government
Date: 17th Feb 2011

A group of leaders within the third sector came together on 9 February 2011 to explore whether the existing good relations between the third sector and the Scottish Government could be enhanced - looking at a proposal based on the several useful meetings which have been held on specific issues

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Mentoring opportunity - assisting new social entrepreneurs in Scotland
Age Unlimited
Date: 17th Feb 2011

NESTA’s* Age Unlimited Scotland is an intensive programme of training, support and grants of up to £10,000 for people in their 50s and 60s with good ideas to improve their communities. It gives people the chance to turn their ideas into a reality with assistance to test their market, develop an operational plan, and build their confidence.

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Blog: Is the Big Society good for society?
SCVO, by Ruchir Shah
Date: 17th Feb 2011

Big Society bashing is all the rage this week. As Cameron comes out to defend his flagship policy, third sector organisations up and down the country are shutting their doors as they fall to once-in-a-generation funding cuts.

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Zen into Science
Dr. Susan Blackmore
Date: 17th Feb 2011

What is this yearning that so many of us have for something else; something beyond, something finer than the messiness of striving for the ultimately pointless gains of our ordinary life? It is this yearning, whatever it is, that drives us towards religion and spirituality.

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Social Enterprise Scotland Awards: Shortlist Announced
Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition
Date: 17th Feb 2011

Scotland Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year, Scotland Social Enterprise Leader of the Year, Scotland Young People’s Social Enterprise of the Year & Scotland Social Enterprise of the Year shortlists

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Social enterprise mark awarded 370 times in its first year
Third Sector Online, By David Ainsworth
Date: 17th Feb 2011

It started slowly and had problems, but has picked up momentum, says the Social Enterprise Mark Company.  More than 370 businesses were awarded the social enterprise mark in its first year, according to the Social Enterprise Mark Company. The mark was launched on 1 February last year.
 

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Fab Pad National Exhibition
Impact Arts
Date: 17th Feb 2011

Fab Pad , a nationally recognised and proven model for tenancy sustainment, has supported  over 3000 vulnerable tenants to transform their new tenancy and make a home they want to live in sinc e 1999. Our unique combination of inspirational and accessibly interior design, skills training and employability support has made a significant impact in the reduction of repeat homelessness, and is now being developed as a model of best practice to be replicated across  the UK.

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Gerry Hassan

Date: 17th Feb 2011

Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas. Hailed by the Sunday Herald as ‘Scotland’s main public intellectual’ , Gerry has written and edited a dozen books in the last decade on Scotland and the wider world:

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Big Society Bank will be imitated: Cohen
Social Enterprise Live by Chrisanthi Giotis
Date: 17th Feb 2011

The UK Big Society Bank will be the first of many around the world says the man regarded as the father of venture capital in Europe Sir Ronald Cohen.  Cohen, who has been appointed as one of the two government advisors on the bank, told a gathering at JP Morgan in the city last night, that the ideas around the Bank were already being looked at in the US, in Australia and Israel.

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Compass Annual Lecture
Prof David Marquand
Date: 17th Feb 2011

Last week Professor David Marquand delivered the Compass Annual Lecture entitled 'A realignment of the mind - what way forward for progressive politics' in which he argued that the current crisis of capitalism is so profound that we have to draw upon all ideological currents and political traditions if we are to forge a new political settlement. David ended by calling for the formation of a new progressive movement to help bring about the fundamental change now required.

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Learning from the Open Source Movement
Geof Cox
Date: 3rd Feb 2011

 I argued recently that a focus on a few kinds of social enterprise - those that happen to fit an official definition, or can be used to forward a government agenda - is blinding us to a much bigger picture

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Comment on "How housing associations can support communities through social enterprise"
Craig Sanderson, Link Group
Date: 3rd Feb 2011
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If not God, then what?
Alison Prince, Scottish Review
Date: 3rd Feb 2011

 Just before Christmas, a poll reported that more than half of the British populace describes itself as having no religion. It was not what you could call a big story – it might have caused more of a stir if most of us were shown to be believers – but at tinsel-and-virgin-birth-tide, it started me thinking.

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Leave the libraries alone. You donít understand their value.
Philip Pullman
Date: 2nd Feb 2011

 Best-selling author Philip Pullman spoke to a packed meeting on 20 January 2011, called to defend Oxfordshire libraries. He gave this inspirational speech.

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