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'English independence day' was fuelled by victimhood and muddled xenophobia
The Herald Scotland, by Neal Ascherson
Date: 30th Jun 2016
"For we are the people of England / That never have spoken yet." So, famously, wrote GK Chesterton. But now they have spoken, with an immense roar which has frightened all Europe and even some of their own Brexit supporters
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Ignore prophets of doom ... our future is firmly in our hands but we must not drop the ball
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 30th Jun 2016

The air is thick with possibility. Each new expression of tentative support for Scottish independence by once fervent opponents is astonishing, exhilarating … and terrifying.

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A practice review - How can cities help develop the social economy, in order to achieve more inclusive growth?
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date: 30th Jun 2016

We want to understand the role that encouraging the social economy – such as employee-owned businesses, social enterprises and community enterprises – could play in cities’ policies to create more and better jobs.

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Why Silicon Valley is embracing universal basic income
The Guardian, by Jathan Sadowski
Date: 30th Jun 2016

In a pilot study influential incubator Y Combinator will hand over cash monthly to 100 families in Oakland, California. What’s UBI’s payoff for tech entrepreneurs?

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The Case for Free Money
The New Yorker, by James Surowiecki
Date: 30th Jun 2016

In the mid-nineteen-seventies, the Canadian province of Manitoba ran an unusual experiment: it started just handing out money to some of its citizens. The town of Dauphin, for instance, sent checks to thousands of residents every month, in order to guarantee that all of them received a basic income. 

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This is not Labour MPs vs Corbyn. Theyíre at war with party members
The Guardian, by Diane Abbott
Date: 30th Jun 2016

My colleagues should have been holding the Tories to account for the Brexit vote. Instead they’ve unleashed self-serving havoc on their own party.

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Cut out the private profit
By Press and Journal
Date: 30th Jun 2016

This proposal has been developed by the remote community in Strontian , has the support of the Highland Council and has attracted an offer in principle of both development finance and long term loan from a major ethical bank and is recognised as having the potential to provide a template for future service provision within rural communities by replacing the PPP's and PPF's with 'Community Public Partnerships'

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Inspection discovers hidden gems
DTA Scotland
Date: 30th Jun 2016

Education Scotland, in partnership with Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS), has released the reports of a ground breaking pilot study which sought to explore the impact that development trusts1 have upon their communities.

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Celebrating Young Social Entrepreneurs in Scotland
Social Enerprise Academy
Date: 23rd Jun 2016

This month we celebrate the success of Scotland’s next generation of social entrepreneurs at both the ‘Highlands & Islands Social Enterprise in Schools’ and ‘Social Enterprise in Education’ Awards

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Why Play Makes Grown-Ups a bit Nervous
Upstart, by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk
Date: 23rd Jun 2016

It’s striking to see how enthusiastically people are already being drawn to the Upstart Movement. The campaign is clearly tapping into a frustration that is lying just below the surface for many parents and staff.

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Call for braver land reform as festival keeps up pressure
The National, by Nan Spowart
Date: 21st Jun 2016

Campaigners for land reform in Scotland are to keep up pressure on the issue by staging a national festival.

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We shoppers arenít to blame for food waste. Guess who is
The Guardian, by Joanna Blythman
Date: 21st Jun 2016

Supermarkets pass the buck to the consumer, but jettisoning food is hard-wired into their systems

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Big charities behaving badly: what are the consequences?
Pioneers Post, by Ellie Ward
Date: 21st Jun 2016

Tensions rose in London this week as charity leaders discussed the relationship between little and large in the sector.

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Construction starts on community hydro scheme
Third Force News, by Robert Armour
Date: 21st Jun 2016

Construction has started on Scotland’s first community hydro scheme.

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Delegate List - Where Community Meets Enterprise
Community Enterprise
Date: 21st Jun 2016
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Pupils get to business for a better society
The Herald Scotland, by Stephen Naysmith
Date: 21st Jun 2016

Pupils from schools across Scotland have been recognised for turning social concerns into businesses at a ceremony attended by deputy first minister John Swinney.

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Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy: Have Your Say!
Social Value Lab
Date: 16th Jun 2016

The Scottish Government has asked the social enterprise movement in Scotland to play an active part in producing a ten-year Social Enterprise Strategy. 

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Letter to Senscot
Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 16th Jun 2016

Following our reference recently to the sad news about Chris Higgins, Neil McLean (CEO of SE Academy) has sent us this response – a tribute from staff and Board at the Academy.

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Can social enterprise clean up British football?
Pioneers Post, by Oliver Holtaway
Date: 16th Jun 2016

In UK football private ownership prevails, but does the future of the beautiful game lie in fan ownership and control? Oliver Holtaway, secretary of Bath City FC Supporters Society, thinks so. 

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Call to St Mirren fans to pledge their backing as takeover deadline approaches
The Herald Scotland, by Graeme Macpherson
Date: 16th Jun 2016

The team behind plans to make St Mirren the latest fan-owned club in Scottish football are urging Buddies not to miss out on the chance to make history as the deadline for sign-ups closes in.

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Organogram of Third Sector Division team
By Scottish Parliament
Date: 16th Jun 2016

New MSPs take on roles scrutinising government legislation

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Sadness at death of Bob Holman, Christian social worker and pioneering anti-poverty activist
The Herald Scotland, by Stephen Naysmith
Date: 16th Jun 2016

Bob Holman, who was perhaps Britain's foremost poverty campaigner and who chose to live for much of his life in Easterhouse, in accordance with his principles, has died.

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Jobs expansion to support nationwide community land ownership
Commonspace, by Michael Gray
Date: 16th Jun 2016

Highlands and Islands Enterprise asked to lead land reform efforts

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The new type of hotel rescuing Italy
The Guardian
Date: 16th Jun 2016
The alberghi diffusi model is revitalising dwindling communities across Italy by repurposing their unused buildings into ‘scattered hotels’. Our writer lives like a local in a few of these hamlet gems. 

 

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Whitehall and 'mission-led businesses'
Third Sector Magazine, by David Floyd
Date: 16th Jun 2016

What is the real purpose behind the Cabinet Office's social investment team's review, ponders our columnist.

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Understanding mission-led businesses: terms of reference
UK Government
Date: 16th Jun 2016
New businesses are emerging that seek to achieve social as well as financial impact.  These businesses have a mission to address critical social problems. They are choosing to protect this mission without using familiar social sector legal forms, such as a charity or a community interest company. We call these “mission-led businesses”.
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Community Share offers - Update
Community Shares Scotland
Date: 16th Jun 2016
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EU referendum... lessons from 1975: Michael Cockerell
BBC Newsnight
Date: 16th Jun 2016

The last referendum in the UK on the issue of Europe was on 5 June 1975. Almost exactly two-thirds voted in favour of staying. Lots has changed since then, but there are also many relevant parallels as veteran film maker Michael Cockerell explains.

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Shine a Light
Bella Caledonia, by Grant Buttars
Date: 9th Jun 2016

Libraries give us power. Edinburgh City Council is failing us.

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£350K to support community ownership
The Scottish Government
Date: 9th Jun 2016

Funding will enable communities to buy out buildings and land.

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Leaders of the pack: the rise and rise of Scotlandís social enterprise sector
Positively Scottish, by Cat Cochrane
Date: 7th Jun 2016
Whisper social enterprise in Scotland and you might hear shouts of The Big Issue, or smell the savoury success of Social Bite, with its coveted George Clooney marketing edge.
 
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State handouts for all? Europe set to pilot universal basic incomes
The Guardian, by Philip Oltermann
Date: 7th Jun 2016

Switzerland is poised to hold a referendum on introducing the concept, and Finnish and Dutch pilots are set for 2017

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Switzerland's voters reject basic income plan
BBC News
Date: 7th Jun 2016

Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for all.

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Closing the attainment gap in Scottish education
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date: 7th Jun 2016

Children from low-income households in Scotland do significantly worse at school than those from better-off homes. This review explores the nature and consequences of this educational ‘attainment gap’.

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'UK's last Communist' retires from Fife Council post
BBC News
Date: 7th Jun 2016

A Fife councillor believed to be the last elected Communist in Britain has retired from office.

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Remain campaign must change its tone
The National, by Alex Salmond
Date: 7th Jun 2016

Jon Snow is the best broadcaster in the country. He is no spring chicken as a presenter. He is often these days described by using the dreaded adjective “veteran”.

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In an age when even the powerful decry elites, we're all anti-establishment now
The Guardian, by Ian Leslie
Date: 2nd Jun 2016

Hatred of the establishment is the political force of our times. But will anybody now own up to being in charge?

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Donít point-score over Liam Feeís murder, says First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
The National, by Andrew Learmonth
Date: 2nd Jun 2016

Nicola Sturgeon has warned other politicians against making political points from the murder of Liam Fee and promised to take personal responsibility to learn any lessons from the failures around the two-year-old’s death.

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SNP loses its majority on Holyrood
The Herald Scotland, by Magnus Gardham
Date: 2nd Jun 2016
The SNP has lost its majority on Holyrood's committees.  Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh announced a new committee structure, with 15 panels compared with nearly 20 in the last parliament.
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Youíre witnessing the death of neoliberalism - from within
The Guardian, by Aditya Chakrabortty
Date: 2nd Jun 2016

IMF economists have published a remarkable paper admitting that the ideology was oversold

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SCRT Bulletin May 2016
SCRT
Date: 1st Jun 2016

Monthly bulletin focusing on social finance; social investment and social banking.

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