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Nesta director: Social investment 'too focused' on social impact bonds
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 27th Jan 2012

Joe Ludlow, Nesta’s director of social ventures, has said there is a dangerous trend of social investment discussions focusing on social impact bonds alone, even though there is currently only one live example in the UK.

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'The hyena is my favourite – my totem – animal'
The Guardian, by John Burnside
Date: 27th Jan 2012

For some time, I have been suffering from a condition that, for want of a better term, I shall call "critical nostalgia". Actually, it's a little more complicated than that: what ails me is a whole set of different, though intimately related nostalgias that, like the various symptoms of a rare disease, point to what is lacking in my day-to-day subsistence as a slightly askew inhabitant of the social realm.

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Classes At The School Of Life

Date: 26th Jan 2012

Our goal is to challenge, provoke and inspire you to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and to provide a space for you to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

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OSCR maps scale and income of Scottish charity sector 1
Civil Society by Vibeka Mair
Date: 26th Jan 2012

Larger charities in Scotland that are in receipt of government funding get 57 per cent of their total income from public sector sources, while smaller charities in the same boat get just 18 per cent, according to a new survey from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

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JESSICA Trust is on horizon
Scottish Community Foundation by Nick Addington & Rachel Searle-Mbullu
Date: 26th Jan 2012

We have often argued that community led regeneration should never be viewed as the cheap option –without adequate investment it will surely fail. In the next few months much more will be heard of the new Lottery backed  JESSICA (Scotland) Trust which plans to invest £15million over the next ten years in local anchor organisations based within designated priority areas. Our Alliance has been invited to support this exciting venture and we’re now recruiting a new member of staff to make this happen.

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New People’s Supermarket to open in Hackney
Retail Gazette, by Jon Whiteaker
Date: 26th Jan 2012

This Thursday (January 26th 2012) sees the unveiling of a second store in London by member-owned & run social enterprise The People’s Supermarket (TPS).

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The Spectator Review by A.N. Wilson for book 'Religion for Atheistis'
by Alain de Botton
Date: 26th Jan 2012

Over 125 of the 320 pages in this book are either blank, or taken up with black-and-white illustrations, of subjects as various as Madonna and her former husband Guy Ritchie, slates arranged by Richard Long, Buddhist truth-seekers going for a walk in a wood, and a little boy having his Bar Mitzvah in a New York restaurant.

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Let Scotland be a sovereign, mature nation and England benefits too
The Observer, by Neal Ascherson
Date: 25th Jan 2012

Scots have long wanted to run their own affairs, but don't want independence. Devo max gives them that chance.

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Job Opportunity - Community Advisor
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 25th Jan 2012

The Alliancewill soon begin work with the newly established JESSICA (Scotland) Trust in the design and delivery of a programme of investment into some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities. Our aim is to build local resilience by investing in community led regeneration.

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Have you wondered why there's only one John Lewis Partnership, Mr Clegg?
The Spectator
Date: 25th Jan 2012

JOhn Lewis economy' was a strong sound bite from Nick Clegg, even if it failed to resonate with Netto shoppers lower down the social scale than the Cleggs.

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Live Q&A: Scottish social enterprise - Thursday 26 Jan, 1.00-3.00pm
The Guardian, by David Mills
Date: 20th Jan 2012

Scotland has been at the top of the news agenda in the British media in recent days because of the disagreement between the UK government and the Scottish government over the timing and content of a referendum on independence.

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Poems from the Book Requiem
by David Donnnison
Date: 19th Jan 2012

The writer, broadcaster, educator, social worker and reformer Kay Carmichael died on 26 2009.  ‘I felt a need,’ said her husband David Donnison, ‘to put down words to help me find a way through a veil of tear.  Although I had not published poems before and never intended these to be published I instinctively resorted to poetic forms to convey the pain and passion, and to seek the sharper edge to thought that poetry makes possible’.

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UK launch of International Year of Co-operatives at the Guardian
The Guardian, by Claudia Cahalane
Date: 19th Jan 2012

"We are often looking for the next big thing, at new innovations, but sometimes we need to go back to where we started from to find the answer," said Jo Confino, the Guardian's director of sustainable business, chairing the UK launch event for the International Year of Co-operatives.

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The co-operative advantage: a rich and varied contribution to social enterprise
The Guardian, by Rory Ridley-Duff
Date: 19th Jan 2012

The launch of the UN International Year of Co-operatives provides a fresh opportunity to consider the rich and varied history that has contributed to the growth of social enterprise.

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To profit or not to profit. Is that the question?
The Guardian, by Rob Greenland
Date: 19th Jan 2012

On Social Business Day, Leeds-based social entrepreneur Rob Greenland challenges one of the Yunus Centre's seven principles of social business.

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Muhammad Yunus, Economist
New Statesmen
Date: 18th Jan 2012

You are famous for pioneering microfinance can you explain what that Is simply? It is credit given to the poorest people, without collateral, to create some  income-generating activity ...a small loan go1ng to a poor woman.

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New Social Enterprise Venue Site
Community Enterprise Ltd
Date: 18th Jan 2012

A new on-line resource for social enterprise venues has been launched.  This website has been initiated by the sector itself, which recognised the need for an online directory made up solely of Social Enterprise Venues in order to showcase the wide ranging and high quality facilities they have to offer, and to provide an easy to use online search facility for people who are interested in hiring venues but who would prefer to do this ethically so that surpluses are re-invested in social change rather than private profit.

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Extract from ‘Manifesto for Social Enterprise’
from 'Social Enterprise in Anytown' by John Pearce
Date: 13th Jan 2012

Financial institutions are required within the third system which have the capacity to make the scale of investments that are needed to seriously grow social enterprises

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What’s to be done about our Crown Estate?
Scottish Community Alliance, Blog by Andy Wightman
Date: 13th Jan 2012

Anyone interested in how Scotland’s Crown Estate might be administered in the future is likely to be somewhat confused about the current state of play. The matter has been discussed at length both in Westminster and at Holyrood, and several public, private and community sector bodies have submitted evidence. Virtually all of which concludes that the status quo is no longer thought to be an option and that fundamental change is on the way. Or is it? Andy Wightman’s latest blog summarises the saga to date

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An open letter to David Cameron telling him why he is mistaken
Scottish Review
Date: 13th Jan 2012

Dear Prime Minister, The superficial nature of your proposals on the referendum simply proves that you have little understanding either of Scotland's constitutional tradition and history, or of the mood of the people of Scotland.

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A Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprises Draft 3
Senscot
Date: 12th Jan 2012
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New Year’s resolution: expose the incompetence which is failing our communities
Steve Wyler
Date: 12th Jan 2012
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McGroundhog Day in Scottish Independence Debate
Huffington Post, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 12th Jan 2012

Picture the scene. Your nation has been involved in a lengthy discussion about the pros and cons of the biggest infrastructure project undertaken for a century - a new proposed high speed rail link. Almost every angle has been agonised over and a decision looms.

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About the Panel
Independance Panel
Date: 12th Jan 2012

The  Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector was established in June 2011 to ensure that independence is seen as a top priority by the voluntary sector and those with whom it works and make recommendations to ensure that it is not lost. 

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Sector must beware of losing its independence, warns panel
Civil Society
Date: 12th Jan 2012

The independence of the voluntary sector is under threat from several angles, threats that were heightened in 2011 by public spending cuts, and new public service delivery models, the panel examining the state of the sector’s independence has concluded.

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Company Members 2011
Senscot
Date: 12th Jan 2012

 Senscot Company Members list 2011

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John Pearce Obituary
Alan Kay and Alan Tuffs, The Herald
Date: 4th Jan 2012

John Pearce, who died from cancer aged just 69, was a major and influential force in community development and in particular was a pioneer in community enterprise - the precursor to social enterprise.

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JM Coetzee
JM Coetzee
Date: 4th Jan 2012
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New film launched to highlight Scottish social enterprise
Wise Group / Social Enterprise Scotland
Date: 4th Jan 2012

 Social Enterprise Scotland has launched a new short film to highlight the social and economic impact of social enterprise.

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Making Life More Meaningful
Ed Mayo, Resurgence
Date: 4th Jan 2012

It’s not competition and greed that makes the world go around – it’s cooperating and caring.

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Charitable bonds explained
Paul Cheng, Head of CAF Venturesome, Charities Aid Foundation
Date: 4th Jan 2012
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Charities and social enterprises to benefit from new credit union powers
Social Enerprise Live
Date: 4th Jan 2012
Charities, social enterprises and community groups in England, Scotland and Wales will next week start to benefit from new credit union powers to reach many more members, organisations and communities.
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