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Event Report: #PostIndyRef: The Future of Local Democracy
The Democratic Society, by Alistair Stoddart
Date: 29th Jan 2015

 On a snowy evening in mid-January the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow was packed for a discussion on the future of Scottish local democracy and community participation in decision making.

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15 key policy lessons - Extract from ‘Policy meets practice - enabling the growth of social enterprises: Results of the Social Entrepreneurship Network – an ESF learning network 2013-14’
EU Social Entrepreneurship Network
Date: 28th Jan 2015

The Social Entrepreneurship Network brought together public authorities and social enterprise organisations with extensive experience of developing strategies to support social enterprises.

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Nordic Horizons: Towards equality – through technology
Nordic Horizons
Date: 28th Jan 2015

Nordic Horizons: Towards equality – through technology

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Plans won’t empower communities says MSPs
Third Force News, By Susan Smith
Date: 28th Jan 2015

MSPs have said plans to give people more power over their community services need to change.

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Creating a Common Space
Common Weal, By Liam O'Hare and Michael Gray
Date: 28th Jan 2015

In recent times the political and civic landscape of Scotland has undergone a seismic transformation. 

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Syriza’s victory: this is what the politics of hope looks like
The Guardian, By Owen Jones
Date: 28th Jan 2015

The Greek election result is a historic watershed – and it’s middle-aged working-class women who have organised it.

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Lloyds Bank and the School for Social Entrepreneurs launch national campaign offering £4000 start-up grants to new businesses
Angel News
Date: 28th Jan 2015

Considering a New Year career change? Start a Social Enterprise in 2015.

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The Future of Land Reform in Scotland
By Andy Wightman
Date: 23rd Jan 2015

In order to ensure that the framework of land rights (that is to say the legal, political and fiscal rules that govern land relations) continues to meet the needs of society both now and in the future, it is useful to be clear about the principles that underpin such a framework.

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Final Newsletter - CBS Network 1981 – 2015
CBS Network
Date: 22nd Jan 2015
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Charities could be harming the people they seek to help
Third Force News, By Pauline Hinchion
Date: 21st Jan 2015

Pauline Hinchion questions why most third sector organisations bank unquestioningly with mainstream banks.

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A Small and Shuffling Life
George Monbiot
Date: 21st Jan 2015

Why, in this age of freedom, are we so confined? And what can we do to reclaim our lives?

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Launch of new fund: asda community capital
Social Investment Scotland
Date: 21st Jan 2015

Small investment amounts, at competitive rates with flexible terms? No security needed? No interest or capital payments for a year, and one year interest free? Really? Yes, Asda Community Capital has arrived!

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Social co-ops: a mutual response to the care crisis
Co-operatives UK, by Pat Conaty
Date: 21st Jan 2015

Faced with continued fiscal constraint, local authorities need to innovate to ensure care needs are met. At present far too many public service markets are dominated by large scale private sector providers. 

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Social investment: friend or foe? It's complicated...
Pioneers Post, By Ellie Ward
Date: 21st Jan 2015

Ideologies clashed in a heated debate about social investment held at London’s School for Social Entrepreneurs this week.

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Funders encouraging capital grant recipients to use Social Enterprises and Social Firms
A reader
Date: 21st Jan 2015

As you are aware many social enterprises and social firms receive funding from major grant sources such as Big Lottery, Climate Challenge Fund, Windfarm Funds etc. because we deliver social impacts that meet their outcomes. 

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Social enterprise of the month
HISEZ
Date: 21st Jan 2015

Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone was originally created in 2003 as a partnership of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Social Firms Scotland and the Scottish Government agency Communities Scotland with match funding from the European Union (EU) through the EQUAL Programme.  Its purpose was to support and network existing and aspiring social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands. 

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The National
Kate Higgins
Date: 16th Jan 2015

Sometimes, I think it’s only getting mad about things that propels me out of bed in the morning, especially in the bleak mid-winter. Fortunately, these days, there’s much to be mad about.

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Health Case Studies Introduction
Senscot
Date: 16th Jan 2015

The Bill provides the framework, which will support improvement of the quality and consistency of health and social care services through the integration of health and social care in Scotland.

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Analysis: Joan McAlpine’s stridency shows disdain for alternative views
STV News, By Stephen Daisley
Date: 16th Jan 2015

A conspiracy operates before our eyes, its devious puppet masters conniving in plain sight.

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Assisted suicide law in Scotland 'needs clarity', MSPs told
BBC News
Date: 15th Jan 2015

Legal experts and the police said a law allowing assisted suicide in Scotland needed more clarity in order to remove the risk of someone being prosecuted.

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Dundee’s Factory Skatepark is on a roll with plan for chain of play centres after Pirate’s Island buyout
The Courier, By Graham Huband
Date: 15th Jan 2015

A major Dundee social enterprise is planning a chain of branded children’s play centres after completing the six-figure purchase of a popular city venue.

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What’s the creation story behind every social innovation?
Claire Carpenter, The Melting Pot
Date: 15th Jan 2015

Social innovators are often the disrupters, the ones who swim against the tide and question the status quo.  We may find them uncomfortable and challenging but these people are also inspiring, determined and resilient.

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Why Charlie Hebdo attack is not about Islam
Aljazeera, By Mark LeVine
Date: 15th Jan 2015

Charlie Hebdo massacre is rooted in generations of violence, hypocrisy and greed.

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Acevo urges government to let charities help in 'crisis-hit' A&E departments
Third Sector Online, by Susannah Birkwood
Date: 15th Jan 2015

 A delegation led by Acevo and including the Red Cross, Age UK and the Royal Voluntary Service tells civil servants that their volunteers could help stretched NHS services.

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Who Owns Kildrummy Estate?
Andy Wightman
Date: 15th Jan 2015
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Plans progress for power supply company in Western Isles
Herald Scotland, By David Ross
Date: 15th Jan 2015

The first steps have been taken to establishing an energy supply company in the Western Isles to tackle the worst rates of fuel poverty in the land.

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The Future of Local Democracy in Scotland
The Democratic Society
Date: 9th Jan 2015

 **NEW VENUE DUE TO HIGH DEMAND**

The Future of Local Democracy in Scotland,
Scottish Youth Theatre, 13 January
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The Audience for a Social Enterprise Strategy
Senscot
Date: 7th Jan 2015
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Responses to David Floyd’s Blog
Andrew Croft and Ben Crouch
Date: 7th Jan 2015
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Just Enterprise success
Scottish Government
Date: 7th Jan 2015

Social Enterprise consortium, Just Enterprise, has assisted over 4,600 social businesses in the last two years, Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney announced today.

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Nicola Sturgeon: The Involving First Minister?
Democratic Society, by Alistair Stoddart
Date: 7th Jan 2015

One week ago Alex Salmond passed the reigns over to Nicola Sturgeon for her to become First Minister of Scotland. Yet, it was clear from the outset that her leadership style was not going to simply mirror that of her predecessor

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Economist Thomas Piketty refuses France's highest honour
Emirates 24/7 News
Date: 7th Jan 2015

France's influential economist Thomas Piketty, author of the bestseller "Capital in the 21st Century", on Thursday refused to accept the country's highest award, the Legion d'honneur, to criticise the Socialist government in power.

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Henning Mankell on living with cancer: there are days full of darkness
The Guardian, by Henning Mankell
Date: 7th Jan 2015

In his sixth dispatch, the Wallander author asks himself if he is still the same person he was eight months ago – and reflects on the significance of two quotes that keep coming to mind …

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My top five tips on co-operative innovation for 2015
Ed Mayo
Date: 7th Jan 2015

One of the great qualities of the co-operative model is the extraordinarily flexible way in which the simple idea of ownership by those involved in the business can be brought to life

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