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John Sentamu: the scandal of the millions not paid enough to live on
The Observer
Date: 24th Jul 2013

Politicians of all persuasions now back the idea of a living wage, says the archbishop of York, but when will it materialise?

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A New Economic Model for Scotland
The Jimmy Reid Foundation
Date: 24th Jul 2013

Robin Hahnel and Gar Alperovitz are two of the major figures in the New Economic movement in the US. We are very lucky to have them writing on the Common Weal and Scotland’s economic future – from today’s Sunday Herald

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'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can
The Guardian, by Jon Ronson
Date: 24th Jul 2013

When you're at a party, do you suddenly feel the desperate urge to escape somewhere quiet such as a toilet cubicle and just sit there? Until I read Quiet, I thought it was just me.

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McConnell to chair under-fire wind farm fund
The Herald Scotland, by David Ross
Date: 24th Jul 2013

FORMER First Minister Lord McConnell is to chair a new multimillion-pound fund for communities living near wind farms which campaigners claim could threaten the integrity of the planning process.

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Living Manifesto for Social Banking and the Commons
Institute of Social Banking
Date: 24th Jul 2013

This is the first iteration of a Living Manifesto for Social Banking and the Commons.

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Institute of Social Banking Membership
Institute of Social Banking
Date: 24th Jul 2013

Only organisations closely linked to Social Banking can become members of the Institute for Social Banking. Please get in touch with Julian Kühn (0049 (0)234 60 600 31 or julian.kuehn@social-banking.org) if you are interested to co-operate with us.

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MSc in Social Enterprise
Glasgow Caledonian University
Date: 24th Jul 2013

Unique in Scotland, our Master's programme aims to stimulate greater entrepreneurial flair, innovation and self-reliance amongst third sector and community based organisations.

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Showcase your success in the 2013 SURF Awards
SURF
Date: 24th Jul 2013

SURF is welcoming applications to this year’s SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration, which is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government.

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Book Review: NHS SOS: How the NHS Was Betrayed and How We Can Save It
Edited by Jacky Davis and Raymond Tallis
Date: 18th Jul 2013

This summer marks the 65th anniversary of the British National Health Service and coincides with the implementation of a series of far-reaching reforms.

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Firstport Appoints New Chair of the Board
Firstport
Date: 18th Jul 2013

Leading development agency for new start social enterprises Firstport, has appointed Martin Dorchester as the new chair of the board.

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Alain de Botton: Education is what makes us fully human
New Statesman
Date: 18th Jul 2013

Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Alain de Botton attacks the notion only skills, not wisdom, can be taught. This is a mistake, he argues. Philosophy, literature, history, art and film can prepare us for life's most difficult challenges.

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Call for action as quango fails to hit its targets
The Herald Scotland, by Gerry Braiden
Date: 18th Jul 2013

THE failure of a regeneration agency to remotely approach any of its targets on jobs and investments despite the millions poured into it highlights the need to bring quangos into the fold of Government, a think tank has warned.

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Lesley Riddoch: Pulling together for better future
The Scotsman
Date: 18th Jul 2013

Forgotten coastal communities in Scotland are becoming revitalised, empowered and having fun, writes Lesley Riddoch

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Who do you trust in social enterprise?
The Guardian
Date: 18th Jul 2013

A growing number of companies limited by share are applying for social enterprise funding. So UnLtd have introduced 'trust engines' to help organisations display their social commitment

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G4S faces fraud investigation over tagging contracts
The Guardian, by Alan Travis
Date: 18th Jul 2013

Justice secretary tells MPs he has called in Serious Fraud Office to investigate private security firm for overcharging

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Idenity Artworks

Date: 18th Jul 2013

Billy Zima, Chief Creative at Identity Artworks, was invited recently to speak at Harvard at NexusEQ, the international emotional intelligence conference.

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Smoking Gun
George Monbiot
Date: 18th Jul 2013

Who killed the plan for cigarettes to be sold only in plain packets?

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The Laughing Heart
By Charles Bukowski
Date: 11th Jul 2013

Tom Waits reads The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski

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An outline of Findhorn's local/social economy
From a long term resident
Date: 11th Jul 2013

The headline population statistics about the Findhorn peninsula are straightforward. According to SCROL, at the 2001 census there were 434 households and a total resident population of 885.

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BIG leaders are far too close to government, says shadow minister
Civil Society, by Tania Mason
Date: 11th Jul 2013

The Big Lottery Fund’s board and senior management are dysfunctional and have allowed themselves to become far too close to ministers, shadow minister for civil society Gareth Thomas has alleged.

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DTA Scotland Annual Conference - Open for Bookings!
Development Trust Association Scotland
Date: 11th Jul 2013

DTA Scotland Annual Conference 2013 is now open for bookings!!

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The Fall and Rise of the Scottish Community
Alex Walker
Date: 11th Jul 2013

Community-based organisations (i.e. bodies owned and controlled by a membership open to all in their geographical community) are distinct from intentional communities, which are generally self-selective.

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Fairphone: disrupting the mobile phone market through values
The Guaridan, by Bas van Abel
Date: 11th Jul 2013

A Dutch social enterprise is launching a values-based attack on the mobile phone market

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Nearly 90 per cent of social enterprises want grants, not loans
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 11th Jul 2013

The overwhelming majority of social enterprises are looking for grants rather than loans, according to the State of Social Enterprise Survey 2013.

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UK poverty: Parents going hungry to feed their children
The Information Daily
Date: 11th Jul 2013

Many parents in the UK are struggling to feed their children, a new survey has found.

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DTA Scotland & Other Job Vacancies
Development Trust Association Scotland
Date: 5th Jul 2013

DTA Scotland is recruiting for two Edinburgh based posts and we wanted to let our members and supporters know directly and therefore have the opportunity to apply or pass the details on.

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Crowd-funding fires up community energy plant
The Scotsman, by Rory Reynolds
Date: 4th Jul 2013

Scotland's first community-run hydro-electric energy plant is set to be made a reality after its backers managed to raise the entire funding using an innovative new crowd-funding scheme.

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Shadow minister unveils first Social Enterprise Town
Civil Society, by Kirsty Weakley
Date: 4th Jul 2013

Gareth Thomas, shadow minister for civil society, yesterday unveiled the UK’s first Social Enterprise Town in Cumbria.

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Online identity: is it time for a government rethink?
The Information Daily, by Neil Fisher
Date: 4th Jul 2013

Whilst UK citizens appear positive about the prospects of digital public services, very few trust the private companies the government will enlist to roll out the scheme.

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Scotlandís environmental policies governed by the rich & powerful
by John Burnside
Date: 4th Jul 2013

Should Scotland’s environmental policies be governed by the rich and powerful?

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Unity in Diversity: What is the future for the third sector?
The Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC)
Date: 4th Jul 2013

The Futures Dialogue was established by the TSRC in summer of 2012 and ran for eight months through to spring 2013. The aim was to use the findings from TSRC research to provide the basis for a dialogue on some of the key issues underpinning the future development of the third sector in England, focusing in particular upon how the sector would, and should, respond to emerging challenges.

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The SNP: A whole new mentality
The Newstatesman, by Gerry Hassan
Date: 4th Jul 2013

The Scottish debate is a way of asking what kind of country people want to live in.

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