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The SNP can’t fight on every front ... that’s why us Yessers need to step up
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 29th Jun 2017
Nicola Sturgeon does calm defiance very well.
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In praise of melancholia
Mark Kernan
Date: 28th Jun 2017

What if melancholy can be passed down through generations, not just culturally but at the level of our DNA?

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Finland tests a new form of welfare
The Economist
Date: 28th Jun 2017

Juha Jarvinen, an unemployed young father in a village near Jurva, in western Finland, brims with ideas for earning a living.

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Helsinki wants to convince people to give up their cars
Business Insider, by Gordon F. Sander
Date: 28th Jun 2017

For years, environmentalists and urban planners on both sides of the Atlantic have been fantasizing about few- or no-car city living, in order to make their municipalities easier and safer places to live, while also reducing their carbon footprint.

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Scottish Social Security Bill launched by Scottish Government
Commonspace, by Michael Gray
Date: 28th Jun 2017

Landmark social security system will “create a fairer and more just society”

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Fire in neo-liberal London
Open Democracy, by Angela McRobbie
Date: 28th Jun 2017

 

The burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower is a visible reminder that public responsibilities should never be watered down.
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I went from poverty to the heart of government—here’s what Theresa May must do to help others
Prospect Magazine, by Alan Johnson
Date: 28th Jun 2017

When I was asked to present the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Prospect’s annual poverty lecture, I was a Member of Parliament and the next general election was three years away.

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Strengthening Scotland’s economy
Scottish Government
Date: 22nd Jun 2017

A new enterprise agency will be created to meet the economic needs of communities in the South of Scotland.

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Current Tender Opportunities for Social Enterprise / SMEs
ReadyforBusiness
Date: 22nd Jun 2017

Below are some selected future contract and tender opportunities that may be of interest to social enterprise / third sector organisations to apply for either individually or in partnership with each other or private sector organisations.

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Good Ideas thrive through the Melting Pot
Third Force News, by Susan Smith
Date: 22nd Jun 2017

Ten social entrepreneurs graduate from the Good Ideas Academy and the hunt begins for new recruits

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Which UK city could rival Bologna’s social economy?
New Start, by David Innes
Date: 21st Jun 2017

Many cities have strong social economies, helping tackle poverty and build inclusivity. Why is the UK so far behind? 

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Cities, the social economy and inclusive growth
Joesph Rowntree Foundation, by Ian Vickers, Andrea Westall, Roger Spear, Geraldine Brennan and Stephen Syrett
Date: 21st Jun 2017

This report examines the role of the social economy in bringing about inclusive growth that generates more and better jobs in UK cities, particularly for people who are in - or at risk of - poverty. 

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Massimo Bottura and his global movement to feed the hungry
The Observer, by Tim Adams
Date: 21st Jun 2017

The Italian is one of the finest chefs in the world. But his greatest achievement is Food for Soul, his project to feed the poor and cut food waste, now about to open in London. 

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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
TEDtalks, by Robert Waldinger
Date: 21st Jun 2017

What keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy?

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Sir Ray Avery at SEWF 2017: get ready to "dream big"
Pioneers Post, by Lee Mannion
Date: 21st Jun 2017

 

Sometimes good things can come out of terrible situations. Ahead of his appearance at the Social Enterprise World Forum in September, serial social entrepreneur Sir Ray Avery explains his motivation to make millions of people's lives better.
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'Who knows more about small communities - charities or Lidl?'
Civil Society News, by David Ainsworth
Date: 21st Jun 2017

 

A peer and former charity worker has challenged charities over whether they know more about small, disadvantaged communities than budget supermarket chain Lidl - and whether those communities would prefer to see charities or Lidl operating in their town.
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Tobermory Harbour to be run by community
BBC News
Date: 14th Jun 2017

The local community in Tobermory has been granted powers to operate the town's harbour.

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The SRB Interview: John Byrne
Scottish Review of Books, by Nick Major
Date: 14th Jun 2017

James Baldwin said that ‘painters have often taught writers how to see’.

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What the indy movement needs to do next
CommonSpace, by Robin McAlpine
Date: 14th Jun 2017

CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine reveals some of the work the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) is undertaking

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Britain: The End of a Fantasy
The New York Reveiw, by Fintan O'Toole
Date: 13th Jun 2017

To understand the sensational outcome of the British election, one must ask a basic question. What happens when phony populism collides with the real thing?

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Alasdair McKillop - A renewing force
Scottish Review
Date: 7th Jun 2017

Watching the 'One Love Manchester' concert on BBC1 last night, it occurred to me that culture is the last remaining realm where our best values can be expressed in a way that inspires a shared sense of spiritual uplift.

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The state we're in - a panel of SR writers reflect on the crisis facing Britain
Scottish Review
Date: 7th Jun 2017

I have only two points to make. And I know that not all readers will agree with them.

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Basque Transformational Narratives
Meeting of the Minds, by Gorka Espiau Idoiaga
Date: 7th Jun 2017

At the end of the 1970s, the Basque Country was emerging from forty years of dictatorship in which any expression of local culture had been repressed. 

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The Biology of Attainment
Dr Suzanne Zeedyk
Date: 7th Jun 2017
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My Experience Of Life And Motherhood With MS
Female First, by Patricia Gachagan
Date: 7th Jun 2017

Motherhood and Multiple Sclerosis were born together in my life as my immune system attacked itself in error, following the birth of my wonderful baby boy, Elliot. 

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Life Is The Network, Not The Self
Daily Good, by David George Haskell
Date: 6th Jun 2017

I reach up into a sugar maple tree's low branches and pluck a leaf. My fingers hold a seemingly unremarkable leaf, grown on a tree next to a suburban driveway. This leaf is not what it seems.

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Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland?
BBC News, By Penny Spiller
Date: 1st Jun 2017

Finland has long been renowned for the quality of its education and always scores highly in international league tables.

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