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The difference between Civil and Civic
Keynote speech to DTA Conference 2008, by Laurence Demarco
Date: 31st Jul 2014

I would like to begin by making a distinction between what is meant by civic society and civil society.

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Briefings
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 31st Jul 2014

Scottish Government funds the Scottish Community Alliance. Each year, we submit a plan of what we propose to do and on that basis we receive a grant. It’s a contract of sorts and one which applies to many parts of the voluntary and community sector. 

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Brokering Role
Senscot, Social Firms Scotland
Date: 31st Jul 2014

To deliver a dedicated programme - providing practical support to social enterprise in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender opportunities, including facilitating social enterprise partnerships and consortia development.

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Nandy demands PM inquiry into Big Society Network grants
Civil Soceity, by Tania Mason
Date: 31st Jul 2014

Lisa Nandy, the shadow minister for civil society, has written to David Cameron demanding an inquiry into the “squandering” by the Cabinet Office and Big Lottery Fund of millions of pounds of public money on “questionable projects” run by Big Society Network.

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Rethinking Community Capacity Building
Big Lottery Fund
Date: 31st Jul 2014

Ian Cooke, Director of Development Trusts Association Scotland, shares his thoughts on the key to building vibrant communities: 

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Scots sweetheart Erraid Davies celebrates her Commonwealth medal success with a can of Irn-Bru
Daily Record
Date: 31st Jul 2014

THE 13-year-old, who won bronze in the para-sport 100m breast stroke on Sunday, had given up the fizzy drink as she focused on training for the event.

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This Land is Mine
Educate, Inspire, Change
Date: 31st Jul 2014

A animated short film satirizing and abbreviating the history of divine claims to Palestine

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'Glasgow and Gemeinschaft'
by David Harding
Date: 23rd Jul 2014

An extract from David Harding's lecture/essay about the glasgow art scene.

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Is the Pope Catholic or communist when he speaks out on poverty?
The Conversation, by Bruce Duncan
Date: 23rd Jul 2014

A blog in The Economist recently accused Pope Francis of following the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, in adopting an “ultra-radical line” on capitalism. 

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The Scotia Nostra. Socialisation Among Glasgow Artists
by David Harding
Date: 23rd Jul 2014

Friendship, socialisation and networking among Glasgow Artists 1985-2001 The Scotia Nostra - Myth and Truth.

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What Can Be Done?
Bellacaledonia, by Robin McAlpine
Date: 23rd Jul 2014

You may have seen gossip about internal politics around the Reid Foundation in the media. I never conduct private business in public and in time the truth about what has been happening will become known

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Scottish writers on the referendum - independence day?
The Guardian, by Richard Holloway
Date: 23rd Jul 2014

The referendum debate reminds me of those arguments for and against the existence of God that were such a feature of the cultural scene about 10 years ago. 

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Nesta was 'forced' to fund Big Society Network, says former trustee
Civil Society, by Tania Mason
Date: 23rd Jul 2014

Former Nesta trustee Liam Black tweeted this morning that Nesta was “forced” to fund Big Society Network.

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Prove! Improve! Account!
Social Audit Network
Date: 23rd Jul 2014

Social enterprises and Third Sector organisations want to make a difference!  Many think that it is not good enough just to turn a profit or surplus - they want to make more than a profit.

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Big Lottery Fund opens doors to European funding for voluntary sector
Big Lottery Fund
Date: 23rd Jul 2014

The Big Lottery Fund will be making £630,000 available in programme development funding for voluntary organisations across England to raise awareness of the funding opportunities available through the European Social Fund (ESF).

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A shift in political power
The Scotsman, by George Kerevan
Date: 16th Jul 2014

Mixture of old heads and new technology is offering the disaffected a way to re-engage with politics, writes George Kerevan

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You Should Be Able to Get Rich in Charity
Harvard Business Review, by Dan Pallotta
Date: 16th Jul 2014

There should be no limit to the amount of money a person can earn making the world a better place, so long as the money is commensurate with the value they produce.

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A different beat, The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill has been published
Holyrood Magazine, by Kate Shannon
Date: 16th Jul 2014

In 2012, when details of the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill were announced, Local Government Minister Derek Mackay said it heralded the biggest potential transfer of power since devolution.

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The third Scotland won't be denied - whatever the referendum result
The Guardian, by John Harris
Date: 16th Jul 2014

Outside Scotland's two dominant parties a group of radical young voices is blazing a trail for a fresh kind of left politics

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A dignified death is our right - I am in favour of assisted dying
The Observer, by Desmond Tutu
Date: 16th Jul 2014

The manner of Nelson Mandela's prolonged death was an affront. I have spent my life working for dignity for the living. Now I wish to apply my mind to the issue of dignity for the dying

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The CredEcard
NESCU
Date: 10th Jul 2014

NESCU is for all sections of the community but has a priority policy to support low income individuals, families and communities. 

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Amendments to The BIG Directory of Social Investment
Big Issue Invest Scotland
Date: 10th Jul 2014

BIIS is a Joint Venture between DSL Business Finance based in Govan and Big issue Invest.

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Newsnet Scotland Paper
Newsnet Scotland
Date: 10th Jul 2014

Newsnet Scotland was launched on 12th March 2010 by unpaid volunteers from Greenock. The site was set up in order to address what we believed to be an imbalance in the reporting of Scottish News and Current Affairs.

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The real enemies of press freedom are in the newsroom
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 10th Jul 2014

The principal threat to expression comes not from state regulation but from censorship by editors and proprietors

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Whatever the result in September … we are independent now, today
The Herald Scotland, by Neal Ascherson
Date: 10th Jul 2014

In a long, shallow article published recently in the Financial Times, the ­historian Simon Schama accused Yes supporters of betraying their own past.

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Celebrate the strikers this week – they are fighting for us all
The Guardian, by Owen Jones
Date: 10th Jul 2014

The case to walk out is unanswerable, but will be eclipsed by outrage from a media utterly opposed to trade unions

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Social entrepreneurship: new standard to measure social impact
Europa
Date: 10th Jul 2014

A new standard to allow social enterprises of all sizes to better measure and demonstrate their social impact and so help them in their discussions with partners, investors, and public sector funders has been published by the European Commission.

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Message from Steve Wyler
Locality
Date: 10th Jul 2014

Doing things differently in Dudley

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Liel Leibovitz: A Broken Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
The Herald Scotland, by Alan Taylor
Date: 10th Jul 2014

When I first became aware of Leonard Cohen in the 1960s he was known, even to his fans, as Laughing Len.

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Lottery £1.4 Million to Inspire Social Enterprise in Rural Communities
Big Lottery Fund
Date: 10th Jul 2014

The Big Lottery Fund is today announcing almost £1.4 million in funding to develop an innovative learning campaign that will inspire rural communities across the UK to set up social enterprises

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The Big Directory of Social Investment - Funding alternatives for social enterprises in Scotland
Big Lottery Fund
Date: 3rd Jul 2014
The Big Lottery Fund has produced this Directory in collaboration with Firstport and we hope it will provide an authoritative summary of the sorts of social investment finance available to social enterprises in Scotland.
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“Washing the dishes to wash the dishes”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Date: 3rd Jul 2014

To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren't doing them.

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Scotland's independence is left in the hands of a 'middle million' of switherers
The Guardian
Date: 2nd Jul 2014

"It's a great debate you get in a pub," says Laurence Brunton, landlord of the Castle Hotel on Dunbar High Street. The regular lunchtime contingent includes a few older characters who are ardently in favour of Scottish independence, but Brunton, a lifelong Labour supporter who voted for a Scottish parliament in 1997, has still to make up his own mind on the referendum question.

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EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for David Cook
Wasps Studios
Date: 2nd Jul 2014

Our Chief Executive David Cook has won an EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Scotland award.  Recognised as one of the most prestigious business award programmes in the world, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards celebrate the UK's most innovative business leaders. 

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Scotland’s comprehensive social enterprise strategy
Social Entrepreneurship Network
Date: 2nd Jul 2014

SEN’s peer review held in Scotland on 16-17 June 2014 kicked off with an inspiring talk by Yvonne Strachan, the Scottish government’s policy lead on social enterprise and the third sector.

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Joint Statement
Senscot Legal & Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
Date: 2nd Jul 2014

It’s estimated that there are well in excess of 500 social enterprises across Scotland which are registered as charities and regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).  They operate successfully on this basis, and enjoy the benefits of charitable status, such as tax reliefs, rates relief and access to charitable sources of funding.

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Social Enterprise Policy and Practice - Scotland’s Annual Conference
CEiS
Date: 2nd Jul 2014

Now in its 8th year, CEIS Annual Conference is the definitive conference in Scotland for social enterprise.

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EU Funding and Internationalisation Support for Social Enterprise
Scotland Europa
Date: 2nd Jul 2014

Scotland Europa, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International are organising a workshop in Edinburgh for the Scottish social enterprise and investment community to raise their awareness of EU funding and internationalisation support relevant for the sector.

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