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Scots aren't better than the English ... or worse. We're the same ... but our political cultures are worlds apart
Herald Scotland, By Iain Macwhirter
Date: 31st Jan 2014

THERE was a sting in the tail of the Cowdenbeath by-election. It came as little surprise that Labour won with an increased majority but when we learned the LibDems had come fifth behind Ukip, the twittersphere ignited. Was this confirmation that the Scots aren't so different after all? Is the myth of communitarian Scotland just that? Are voters here just as receptive to the anti-Europe/anti-scroungers party as voters in England? Well, in short, no.

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The Robertson Trust: About Us
The Robertson Trust
Date: 30th Jan 2014

The Robertson Trust was established in 1961 by the Robertson sisters Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel who donated the shares in the businesses, founded and developed by their grandfather and father, to the Trust for charitable purposes

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Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin
Rolling Stone, By Mark Binelli
Date: 30th Jan 2014

Inside the Pope's gentle revolution

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The Bridge Rising (An Drochaid) featuring Arthur Cormack and Mary Ann Kennedy
Glasgow Film
Date: 23rd Jan 2014
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The system is failing, hack the system
The Guardian, By Dan Morrison
Date: 23rd Jan 2014

 Social entrepreneurs aren't going far enough to create systemic change, what we need are social hackers.

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Lesley Riddoch: Share in community-led enterprises
The Scotsman, By Lesley Riddoch
Date: 23rd Jan 2014

You too could buy into businesses which are run by and for the benefit of local people, writes Lesley Riddoch.

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Strasbourg social enterprise conference: what did we learn?
The Guardian, By Dai Powell
Date: 23rd Jan 2014

Dai Powell debates the success of last week's event hosted by the European Commission, and what it means for the sector.

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Tinkering or game-changing – part 2
UnLtd
Date: 23rd Jan 2014

Today, we look at new developments beyond asset-locked social enterprise forms. We ask if there is a new class of social purpose business emerging, and what this could mean for social entrepreneurs.

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Stoner, By John Williams: Book of a lifetime
The Independent, By Adam Foulds
Date: 17th Jan 2014

 Stoner is a wonderful novel, rich and sombre, a record of pain and loss but also of moments of vision and tenderness.

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Evaluation of Community Jobs Scotland Phase 2 (2012-2013): Final Report
University of Glasgow - Training and Employment Research Unit
Date: 16th Jan 2014

Executive Summary

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1,000 new jobs for young people in third sector
Third Force News
Date: 16th Jan 2014

COMMUNITY Jobs Scotland is set to be extended for another year, creating 1,000 new jobs for young people in Scottish third sector organisations.

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My friends wonder why any intelligent Scot would vote Yes
Scottish Review, By David Donnison
Date: 16th Jan 2014

Recently I found myself in a seminar with old friends and colleagues at the London School of Economics. They are one of the best teams of economists and social scientists you can find working on problems of social policy anywhere in the world, most of them with experience of advising governments and senior politicians – usually Labour governments and politicians.

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Proposed Protocol for Respectful Dialogue
John Sturrock (Core Solutions)
Date: 16th Jan 2014
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Albert Camus: Life is Absurd, Rebél, Live, and Try To Die Happy
Vermont Republic, By Thomas H. Naylor
Date: 16th Jan 2014

When I first read Albert Camus’s The Stranger as a college student in 1957, it went right over my head. I was clueless as to what this book was about. When I re-visited it twenty-five years later, I was so taken by Camus that I soon read everything that he had written which had been published in English.

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A long time in social investment
Beanbags and Bullsh!t
Date: 16th Jan 2014

It’s that time of year when social enterprise commentators (and everyone else) gets the chance to take a step and either review what happened last year or make some suggestions about what might happen next year.

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Trust Engines: What does being a ‘social’ business mean?
Big Society Capital
Date: 16th Jan 2014

Since our launch we have been grappling with the question of what being a ‘social’ business means and how it can be evidenced to various stakeholders that have different definitions, motivations and priorities

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Pope With the Humble Touch Is Firm in Reshaping the Vatican
The New York Times, By JASON HOROWITZ and JIM YARDLEY
Date: 16th Jan 2014

VATICAN CITY — Less than a year into his papacy, Pope Francis has raised expectations among the world’s one billion Roman Catholics that change is coming. He has already transformed the tone of the papacy, confessing himself a sinner, declaring “Who am I to judge?” when asked about gays, and kneeling to wash the feet of inmates, including Muslims.

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Forget banks and join credit unions, middle-classes urged
The Telegraph, By Jessica Winch
Date: 16th Jan 2014

Membership of credit unions is growing at its fastest rate in at least a decade as savers search for better deals.

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Exit Interview
Blake Morrison
Date: 8th Jan 2014

This poem is my exit interview.

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Craig Dearden-Phillips: from 50 voices: what does social enterprise meant to you?
The Guardian
Date: 8th Jan 2014

Social enterprise is a term contested between two groups - 'Cultists' and 'Big-Tenters'. Cultists narrow it to business purely for social purpose with little or no private benefits. Big-Tenters' see a social enterprise as ANY business that tries to create a significant and measurable social impact alongside making money for its owners.

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The Silent Crisis: Failure and Revival in Local Democracy in Scotland
The Jimmy Reid Foundation
Date: 8th Jan 2014

Scotland, with its many diverse communities, is a nation with a rich and diverse local tradition. However, this thriving ‘localism’ is not matched by a thriving local democracy; in fact, quite the opposite is the case.

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Uruguay's president José Mujica: no palace, no motorcade, no frills
The Guardian, By Jonathan Watts
Date: 8th Jan 2014

If anyone could claim to be leading by example in an age of austerity, it is José Mujica, Uruguay's president, who has forsworn a state palace in favour of a farmhouse, donates the vast bulk of his salary to social projects, flies economy class and drives an old Volkswagen Beetle.

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Let’s keep the independence debate civil
The Scotsman, By John Sturrock
Date: 8th Jan 2014

Your editorial (Comment, 29 December) makes the vital point that we each need to think about how we will act if our preferred option is defeated in September’s referendum. Whatever the outcome, as you say, we will all need to work hard in common cause to help our nation to thrive. However, you absolve the “big campaigns” from that responsibility.

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Move your money from the high street and help to achieve a fairer society
The Guardian, By Julian Baggini
Date: 8th Jan 2014

Never mind a new fitness regime for 2014, resolve instead to make things better without a revolution.

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Homeless World Cup
Homeless World Cup
Date: 8th Jan 2014

It’s been more than a decade since we started the Homeless World Cup and over that time, what an impact we have made. What started as a simple idea has grown to become a global movement which touches the lives of over 100,000 people every year.

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Pairc Estate buyout: Crofters offered public funding
BBC News
Date: 8th Jan 2014

Residents of the Pairc Estate on Lewis have been offered public funding to purchase 26,775 acres (10,835ha).

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