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We’d like to talk to Social Enterprises!
David Faith
Date: 30th Jun 2015

The Living Wage is an hourly rate of income (currently set at £7.85 for the UK, outside of London) which is defined as the amount of money needed to enjoy a basic, but socially acceptable standard of living. 

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Europe’s Attack on Greek Democracy
Project Syndicate, by Joseph Stiglitz
Date: 30th Jun 2015

The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. 

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The Engine Shed: Update
Marian MacDonald
Date: 30th Jun 2015

Coming up to three months since I handed back the keys to the Engine Shed and moved into temporary office accommodation so think it is about time to give an update on progress made!

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Surplus Food Poverty
Martin Sime
Date: 30th Jun 2015

Surplus food is no solution to food poverty

At least I can agree with the headline of last week’s trenchant piece from the Poverty Alliance [see article here].
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The Global Village
One World Nations Online
Date: 30th Jun 2015

Almost everybody likes the term Global Village (I.). The term is readily used today especially by writers, broadcasters, politicians and public relation guys, to emphasize the shrinking distances between nations through internet, mobile phones, and cheap flight tickets, as well as the fact that news are traveling with the speed of light around the globe, and they unlikely forget to mention the possibilities of producing and selling "worldwide", speak, making business/money globally. 

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No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 26th Jun 2015

Bring out the violins. The land reform programme announced last week by the Scottish government is the end of civilised life on Earth, if you believe the corporate press. In a country where 432 people own half the private rural land, all change is Stalinism.

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'Land Reform Bill doesn't do everything that has to be done ... but it's still an important moment'
The National, by Andy Wightman
Date: 24th Jun 2015

The publication by Parliament of the Land Reform Bill represents an important moment in the land reform debate. It is over a decade since the last one and in that time many long-standing issues have been neglected.

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Scottish Land Fund could treble to £10m
Third Force News, by Robert Armour
Date: 24th Jun 2015

Cash raised from ending tax breaks for wealthy landlords could go towards the Scottish Land Fund – trebling it to £10 million.

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'Radical' Scottish land reform plan unveiled
BBC News
Date: 24th Jun 2015

The Scottish government has published "radical" proposals aimed at widening the ownership of land across the country.

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‘The fall of Scottish Labour’ – random signposts but no exploration
Argyll.com
Date: 24th Jun 2015

Last night’s BBC Scotland programme on the decline of the Labour party was a shallow tour d’horizon of passing interest on the decline of the Scottish Labour Party from a position where its values defined the essence of Scotland to the drifting hulk it is today.

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Pope Francis is a bit like Naomi Klein in a cassock
The Guardian, by Giles Fraser
Date: 24th Jun 2015

Pope Francis’s eagerly awaited encyclical, Laudato Si’, is misunderstood as just a theological echo of secular environmentalism, a churchy “count me in” with the fight against climate change.

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Attacks have come ‘too many times,’ Obama says
The Boston Globe, by Matt Viser
Date: 24th Jun 2015

For the 14th time in his presidency, President Obama decried a shooting attack Thursday, this time expressing sorrow and anger over the murder of the nine worshipers in a historic black church in South Carolina.

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CalMac ferries face being cut adrift
The Scotsman, by Brian Wilson
Date: 24th Jun 2015

For the past few weeks, there has been a brand new vessel operating on the Stornoway-Ullapool route bearing a revered name from the annals of Hebridean shipping – the Loch Seaforth.

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Sir Tom Hunter writes for The Herald
The Herald, by Sir Tom Hunter
Date: 24th Jun 2015

Last week, as I drove to Doon Academy in Dalmellington to judge the East Ayrshire schools business plan competition, I was struck by, one, the beautiful countryside and, secondly, by the remnants of the mining industry - a metaphor for our situation in Scotland.

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The Earth, our home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth
The Guardian, by Pope Francis
Date: 19th Jun 2015

The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.

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MSPs pass Community Empowerment Bill
Scottish Housing News
Date: 19th Jun 2015

The Scottish Parliament has approved a bill giving communities the right to buy land or buildings in their area.

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Catch-up time for political coverage
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 18th Jun 2015

WHO'D have believed it? Back in the old days, before the SNP’s Feisty 56 changed everything, most folk had no idea who their MPs were, what they got up to in the Commons and whether important votes affecting Scotland had been passed or defeated.

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Channelling the Joy
The Guardian, George Monbiot
Date: 18th Jun 2015

In defending the natural world, we should be honest about our motivations – it’s love that drives us, not money.

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What’s Next for the World’s Largest Federation of Worker-Owned Co-Ops?
YES! Magazine, by Mary Hansen
Date: 18th Jun 2015

In early May, President Barack Obama visited Nike’s headquarters in Oregon to gather support for the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries.

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Have Labour and the SNP called a truce in the cause of NHS reform?
heraldscotland, by Magnus Gardham
Date: 18th Jun 2015

NHS Scotland has missed the government's A&E waiting time target hours for 295 weeks on the trot.

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Community Jobs Scotland launches for fifth year
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, by Donna and the SCVO CJS team
Date: 18th Jun 2015
Employer applications will be accepted from Monday 15 June 2015.
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More employers needed for Community Jobs Scotland
Third Force News, by Robert Armour
Date: 16th Jun 2015

Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is accepting new employer applications for its fifth successive year.

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Social Enterprise in Education Awards 2015
Social Enterprise Academy, by Jess Gildener
Date: 16th Jun 2015

Pupils at Bonhill have developed a business called ‘Second Time Around.’ The shop sells recycled school uniforms which are donated by other pupils. After the donated uniforms are sold, profits from the company are used to run a community café.

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Scotland set to retain its lead in social enterprise
Social Traders, by David Brookes
Date: 16th Jun 2015
Coming off the back of a successful Social Enterprise Masters conference and Australian Social Enterprise Awards in Melbourne on 3 June, I travelled for 33 hours via stopovers in Hong Kong and Manchester to attend the Social Enterprise Summit in Inverness, Scotland last week.
 

 

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Empowered Social Enterprise: The Next Frontier?
Rodney Stares
Date: 11th Jun 2015

This paper arose out of a my concern that as long as the delivery of ‘public goods’ – by that I mean traditional public services and charitable activity funded by the tax payer – continues to rely on some variant of the present top down ‘command and control’ management mode

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Community Empowerment: We must give people greater control over their own future
Holdyrood Magazine
Date: 11th Jun 2015

As Holyrood’s conference has highlighted, community empowerment is a key part of our commitment to reducing inequalities and could transform the face of Scotland’s communities.

 

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BBC set to end live Open golf coverage early after 60-year relationship
The Guardian, by Ewan Murray
Date: 11th Jun 2015
Sky has deal to take over in 2017 but BBC is seeking to ditch 2016 event.  BBC would save about £7m by getting out of its deal a year early.

 

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Is the Pope a communist?
Ed Stourton, BBC News
Date: 10th Jun 2015

Pope Francis's critique of free-market economics has made him an icon for the Left and prompted claims that he is a communist.

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Surplus food is no solution to food poverty
Mary Anne MacLeod, Poverty Alliance
Date: 10th Jun 2015

In February this year, the leaders of Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils published a joint statement on food poverty.

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Not Minding What Happens
Eckhart Tolle
Date: 10th Jun 2015

J. Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher, spoke and traveled almost continuously all over the world for more than fifty years attempting to convey through words - which are content - that which is beyond words, beyond content.

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Homily to Catalonia: the nun entering Spain's regional politics
The Guardian, by Ashifa Kassam
Date: 9th Jun 2015

Whether she’s advocating an audit of the national debt, lamenting the deterioration of Spain’s public health services or urging the creation of a public bank, the Benedictine nun Teresa Forcades rarely minces her words.

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Local democracy is in a crisis of low turnouts and remote councils. It doesn’t have to be this way.
The Scotsman, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 9th Jun 2015
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Analysis: The rise and rise of community interest companies
Third Sector Magazine, by Sam Burne James
Date: 4th Jun 2015

The take-up of the CIC legal form, which has been used by many healthcare spin-outs from the public sector, has exceeded expectations. 

 

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Q&A with Frederic Laloux on Reinventing Organizations
InfoQ, by Ben Linders
Date: 4th Jun 2015

In the book Reinventing organizations Frederic Laloux researched 12 organizations who use fundamentally new ways to manage work and their employees. These so called evolutionary-teal organizations are self-managing, agile and adaptive, and they deliver extraordinary results says Frederic.

 

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What land reform means for Scotland
The Herald Scotland, Andy Wightman
Date: 4th Jun 2015

Understanding what land reform can do for Scotland involves first of all understanding what land reform is actually about.

 

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Big Society Capital chief executive Nick O'Donohoe to step down
Third Sector, by Andy Hillier
Date: 4th Jun 2015

O'Donohoe, who has led the social investment wholesaler since its inception, has announced he will leave by the end of the year

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How far does Cameron want to shrink the state? Ask Barnet’s binmen
The Guardian, by Aditya Chakrabortty
Date: 4th Jun 2015

Few words are ruder in polite society than “strike”. Hated by politicians. Deplored by the press. As for the party supposedly overrun by trade union barons, whoever can name an occasion when one of their leaders has publicly supported a strike will win a part-share of my immigration-control mug.

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Council dismisses criticism of Glasgow's homelessness service
The Evening Times
Date: 4th Jun 2015

The Council's head of social care has rejected criticism of the homelessness service and pointed the finger at housing associations.

 

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Private schools should not be charities, says SCVO
Third Force News, by Susan Smith
Date: 4th Jun 2015

Scottish charity law should be reviewed in light of the private school problem, membership body SCVO tells the charity regulator

 

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Charles Kennedy – a lovely man, a talented politician, a great friend with a shared enemy
Alastair Campbell
Date: 4th Jun 2015

Charles Kennedy was a lovely man, and a highly talented politician. These are the kind of words that always flow when public figures die, often because people feel they have to say those things, and rightly they are flowing thick and fast today as we mourn an important public figure, and a little bit of hypocrisy from political foes is allowed.

 

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Whatever happened to the Castlemilk Lads?
Peter Ross, The Scotsman
Date: 3rd Jun 2015

 OSCAR Marzaroli’s iconic photograph from 1963 hangs in galleries and appears in books and even on a record cover.

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