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So say a citizens’ assembly
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 31st Jan 2013

When the Icelandic economy collapsed, the cosy relationship between its banks and the political establishment was suddenly exposed and all public confidence in the existing system of government evaporated. The unprecedented manner in which Iceland’s new constitution was drafted is well documented and remains an inspiration for anyone with an interest in the power of citizens. Next month, a citizens’ assembly gathers in Scotland for the first time.

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Analysis: Community organisers - How we set up a local town team
Third Sector
Date: 30th Jan 2013

Andy Hillier revisits a team of community organisers in Bristol, 15 months after they began training, to report on progress of the project, part of a nationwide Cabinet Office initiative

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Is the European social enterprise agenda losing steam?
Civil Society, by Filippo Addarii
Date: 30th Jan 2013

The clash between non-profit purists and innovators is blocking progress of the European Commission's Social Business Intiative, warns Filippo Addarii.

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New Chairman for Social Investment Scotland
SIS
Date: 30th Jan 2013

Leading funder to the third sector Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has appointed a new Chairman, Professor Nick Kuenssberg OBE.

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Another Country
by George Monbiot
Date: 30th Jan 2013

The way we are governed is inexplicable - until you understand the upbringing of the elite.

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Local Sports Clubs as Accidental Social Enterprises
Social Traders, by Jonathan Robertson
Date: 30th Jan 2013

Increasingly Australia’s sport industry has been seen as a social institution that may address wicked social problems in our society such as our obesity epidemic, disengaged youth and declining levels of social capital.

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Administration and Management of the Enterprising Third Sector Growth and Sustainability Fund
Scottish Government
Date: 24th Jan 2013

The Scottish Government (Third Sector Unit) is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced Contractor to undertake the administration and management of a significant grant fund to help maintain, develop and grow Scotland’s enterprising third sector.

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Extract from ‘The people’ could fix broken Britain
The Scotsman, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 24th Jan 2013

Enough was enough. A new constitution was needed, but after such compelling evidence of “establishment capture” – and after 67 years failing to deliver a promised overhaul – the political class could not be trusted to write it.

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First Minister Alex Salmond: "Addressing Alienation - the Opportunity of Independence"
Jimmy Reid Foundation
Date: 24th Jan 2013

As a Member of the Foundation you are invited to the Inaugural Annual Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture. The lecture will be given by First Minister Alex Salmond on the subject Addressing Alienation – the Opportunity of Independence. It will be followed by a question and answer session.

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Declaration for Radical Independence
Radical Independence
Date: 24th Jan 2013

We call for independence for the Scottish people. No responsibility more defines a generation than its responsibility to leave a legacy of hope and possibility. Our generation has a historical opportunity to leave such a legacy. It is for us to choose not a government but a future.

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Entrepreneurs urged to apply for new Social Enterprise Challenge
West Dunbartonshire Council
Date: 24th Jan 2013

Proposals are now being invited for an exciting new £225k fund that will help set up new social enterprise businesses in West Dunbartonshire to boost the local economy and create sustainable jobs.

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Division might be emerging between charities delivering public services and others, report says
Third Sector Online, by David Ainsworth
Date: 24th Jan 2013

Study by the Third Sector Research Centre, written by Simon Teasdale with Heather Buckingham and James Rees, says the sector is nevertheless maintaining its independence

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Impact measurement is anti-competitive, warns report
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 24th Jan 2013

Without an industry standard model for impact measurement, the social enterprise sector risks becoming anti-competitive, warns new report Does social finance understand social need?

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Charity collaborations fail because of lack of preparation, report suggests
Third Sector Online, by David Ainsworth
Date: 24th Jan 2013

Collaborating for Impact, by New Philanthropy Capital and the Impetus Trust, calls on commissioners to create a supportive environment for charities that want to work together

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Mythbusting: there are 68,000 social enterprises in Britain
The Guardian, by David Floyd
Date: 24th Jan 2013

"There are some 62,000 [social enterprises] in Britain today, contributing more than £24bn to the economy and employing nearly one million people," according to Conservative peer, Baroness Byford, speaking in the House of Lords in June 2012.

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The Incomparable Naomi Shihab Nye on Kindness
Daily Good, by Kim Rosen
Date: 17th Jan 2013

The poems of Naomi Shihab Nye have an uncanny way of showing up at exactly the right moment to summon you below the surface of your life.

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Bang Goes the Theory
George Monbiot
Date: 17th Jan 2013

How neoliberalism trashed your life, but made the super-rich even richer.

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Land Reform Review Group
Andy Wightman
Date: 17th Jan 2013

The Land Reform Review Group was established by Scottish Ministers in July 2012. 

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Land Reform Review
Scottish Government
Date: 17th Jan 2013

The Scottish Government is committed to generating innovative and radical proposals on land reform that will contribute to the success of Scotland for future generations.

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Scotland's health chief Sir Harry Burns calls for drastic action to improve country's appalling health record
Daily Record
Date: 17th Jan 2013

Sir Harry Burns has urged the Scottish Government to begin tackling health problems associated with smoking, drinking, obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.

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SEUK launches badge for members to identify themselves as social enterprises
Third Sector Online, by David Ainsworth
Date: 17th Jan 2013

Criteria for the new badge is looser than that of the Social Enterprise Mark and does not include an asset lock

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Charity founder: sector is collectively 'saying no to pity'
Civil Society, by Niki Young
Date: 17th Jan 2013

The founder of AfriKids, who spoke out on BBC's Four Thought against fundraising appeals which demand pity for beneficiaries, has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the sector, and a significant boost in support, she says.

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President
National Union of Public and General Employees
Date: 11th Jan 2013

Along with Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Social Impact Bonds are a bit like money laundering because they allow politicians to hide debt.

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New government legislation contains definition of social enterprise
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 10th Jan 2013

New regulations recently laid before Parliament contain a legal definition of social enterprise.

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Mythbuster: Immigration – the real story
RedPepper Mag
Date: 10th Jan 2013

The movement of migrants is not just one way. As people arrive, others are leaving. This gives us net migration figures which for most years since 1840 have actually been negative.

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Charity-run Aberdeen restaurant for homeless and unemployed set to close
The Scotsman, by Frank Urquhart
Date: 10th Jan 2013

A FLAGSHIP Aberdeen restaurant, run by a charity for the homeless and unemployed, is to close its doors, it was revealed on Tuesday.

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Plunkett Foundation merging with Community Retailing Network
Press Notice
Date: 10th Jan 2013

Plunkett Foundation announces merger of activities with Community Retailing Network to extend services in Scotland

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No 10 charity partner pledges to educate ministers on childhood hunger
The Guardian, by Peter Walker
Date: 10th Jan 2013

Magic Breakfast founder Carmel McConnell says hunger among children not limited to feckless or workshy families

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Recruitment of Chair and 3 Board Members
Social Investment Scotland
Date: 10th Jan 2013

We are now looking for a new Chairman to replace Alf Young who has indicated that he will step down in early 2013; an ambassador with media, government and stakeholders and someone who is able to shape and support the development of our long term business strategy, ensuring governance and financial management. Further detail can be found as follows:

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Rainer Maria Rilke quotes

Date: 10th Jan 2013

 “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” 

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The Future is Local
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 10th Jan 2013

The Scottish Community Alliance (15 national and regional networks with community membership) has been granted use of the Scottish Parliament

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Against George Osborne's war on the poor and the vile stupidity of his 'workers vs shirkers' narrative
The Independent, by Owen Jones
Date: 9th Jan 2013

Amid talk of setting political traps for Labour, the Chancellor of the Exchequer used his Autumn Statement to attack many of the most vulnerable people in our society.

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Looking back, looking forward: David v Goliath in 2013?
The Guardian, by Colin Crooks
Date: 9th Jan 2013

A lot of money is chasing impact, and enterprise and impact are very different things. Enterprise is a way of doing things; it describes an activity and an approach. Impact just measures the ends; it is a much narrower measure.

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2013 A Defining Year for Social Enterprise
Les Huckfield
Date: 9th Jan 2013

A Local Healthwatch for each Local Authority – a Major Opportunity for Social Enterprise?

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