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Kenyon Wright's letters to Gordon Brown and David Cameron
Canon Kenyon Wright
Date: 27th Mar 2014

Kenyon Wright's letters to Gordon Brown and David Cameron

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NAO scrutiny of Big Society Network funding enters final stages
Civil Society Finance, By Tania Mason
Date: 27th Mar 2014

The National Audit Office has almost finished looking into concerns raised by Gareth Thomas MP about public funding of the Big Society Network.

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Nick Hurd indicates government has abandoned pledge for annual big society day
Third Sector Online, By Andy Ricketts
Date: 27th Mar 2014

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, has appeared to indicate that the government has dropped plans to run an annual big society day, as promised by the coalition government in 2010.

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Fail early, fail often
Beanbags and Bullsh!t, By David Floyd
Date: 27th Mar 2014

“… far too many public service systems ‘assess rather than understand; transact rather than build relationships; refer on rather than take responsibility; prescribe packages of activity rather than take the time to understand what improves a life’. The result is that the problems people face are not resolved, that public services generate ever more ‘failure demand’, that resources are diverted to unproductive ends, and that costs are driven ever upwards.“

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The Rise of Anti-Capitalism
New York Times, By Jeremy Rifkin
Date: 27th Mar 2014

We are beginning to witness a paradox at the heart of capitalism, one that has propelled it to greatness but is now threatening its future.

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Bunchrew Land Declaration
Community Land Scotland
Date: 27th Mar 2014

Community Land Scotland has adopted a declaration following a meeting at Bunchrew House, Inverness in March 2014 involving land policy and reform interests from Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.

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MPs call for open books on land ownership
Parliament UK
Date: 27th Mar 2014

In a Report published on Thursday 20 March 2014, the Scottish Affairs Committee says any government which is serious about land reform needs full and clear information on existing land ownership and values made widely available.

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Keep Calm, and Co-operate
The Huffington Post, By Ed Mayo
Date: 27th Mar 2014

This has not been an easy time for The Co-operative Group. The departure of its CEO, Euan Sutherland, and report by Lord Myners on boardroom failures, has prompted a good deal of public and private debate, not least around the model of governance that the business has.

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Social Enterprise Mapping Study: Report for the Big Lottery Fund
EKOS
Date: 26th Mar 2014

This study was commissioned by the BIG Lottery Fund in Scotland to map social enterprises and their activity in Scotland. The study was undertaken over a six-month period from July 2013 to December 2013.

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LaunchMe: Scotland's Social Enterprise Accelerator
Firstport
Date: 26th Mar 2014

We are delighted to introduce LaunchMe, Scotland’s first accelerator programme for ambitious, early stage social enterprises delivered by Firstport, Scotland’s agency for start up social enterprises, in partnership with Converge Challenge and Imani Financial Solutions.

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LLOYDS BANK SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAMME
School for Social Entrepreneurs
Date: 19th Mar 2014

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR LLOYDS BANK SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAMME

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Local by Default
Locality
Date: 19th Mar 2014

This report shows that the UK public sector is wasting millions of pounds on services that do not meet people’s needs.

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How to support struggling social enterprises
Community Enterprise
Date: 19th Mar 2014

We are also very saddened to hear about Hebridean Chocolates and I am very interested in the point you raise about “a place where an SE could go when it’s struggling”.

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Social Investment Conference 2014 - Delegates and Agenda
Spectrum
Date: 19th Mar 2014
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1M sport fund for Scotland opens for business
SIS
Date: 19th Mar 2014

Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund launched.

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Obituary: Tony Benn
BBC
Date: 19th Mar 2014

Tony Benn was one of the few British politicians who became more left-wing after having actually served in government.

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Legacy 2014 Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund
Legacy 2014
Date: 19th Mar 2014

Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund is a £1millon fund which will help communities to be able to realise their ambitions of owning and running their own sports facilities.

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Tony Benn Dead: The Labour Firebrand's Most Fearsome And Inspirational Quotes
The Huffington Post
Date: 19th Mar 2014

Tony Benn, the man who hated being called a veteran, never had his sharp mind dulled with age.

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Scottish farms up for sale as Co-op to offload agricultural assets
STV
Date: 13th Mar 2014

The Co-op is to sell its farming assets and will consider the future of its pharmacy business as part of plans to revive the troubled mutual.

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ABSEN Conference
ABSEN
Date: 13th Mar 2014

e Argyll & Bute Social Enterprise Network Conference will take place in the Argyll Hotel, Inveraray on the 24th and 25th March, 2014.

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Bob Crow Obituary
The Guardian, By Christian Wolmar
Date: 13th Mar 2014

RMT trade union leader who despite his apparent militancy always saw his first task as improving the lot of his members.

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The Bridge: how the politics of the future will link the vertical to the horizontal
Uffee Elbaek (Danish Parliament) & Neal Lawson (Compass)
Date: 13th Mar 2014

So what does the age of the internet, the smart phone and social networks give us? It gives us informed, enabled and empowered citizens because we can learn, talk and act together to solve the critical challenges in our world because traditional politics can't reverse inequality or climate change.

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Charities unite to fight a perfect storm of poverty
Third Sector News, By Robert Armour
Date: 12th Mar 2014

Families living in poverty face a bleak outlook with little hope of turning their fortunes around, according to a new campaign from Scottish charities.

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Hebridean Chocolates to close
Stornoway Gazette
Date: 12th Mar 2014

The directors and management of Stornoway based Hebridean Chocolates regret to announce the closure of its production unit at Westview Terrace.

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The I of the Beholder: What Is the Self?
Brain Pickings, By Maria Popova
Date: 12th Mar 2014

“The fate of the world depends on the Selves of human beings.”

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Ten Minutes with... Karen Darby, founder of CrowdMission
The Guardian, By Charlotte Seager
Date: 12th Mar 2014

Ten Minutes with... Karen Darby, founder of CrowdMission

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Co-op chaos: chief executive quits 'ungovernable' group after pay furore
The Guardian, By Jill Treanor and Sean Farrell
Date: 12th Mar 2014

Euan Sutherland shock departure just 10 months into mission follows Facebook post over salary.

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Meet 7 Families That Will Make Your Groceries Blush
Upworthy, By Rajiv Narayan
Date: 6th Mar 2014

The way people ration their food says a lot about our own habits of waste and overconsumption

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Visit Scotland Web Listing
Visit Scotland
Date: 6th Mar 2014

A web listing on visitscotland.com provides a platform for tourism businesses to promote their services, increase awareness and drive sales.

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Small is the new big
The Ecologist, By Vandana Shiva
Date: 6th Mar 2014

Vandana Shiva reminds us that the very future of food security in India (and indeed worldwide) lies in protecting and promoting the country's small farmers.

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Public Social Partnerhsips: The way forward for better justice services in Scotland
Scottish Justice Matters, By Rob Strachan
Date: 6th Mar 2014

We are experiencing public service reform of unprecedented pace and scope in Scotland. Leaders of public services are having to manage a perfect storm of tightening budgets, reform and increased demand while building and maintaining public confidence.

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Public Social Partnerships (PSPs): FAQs
Ready for Business
Date: 6th Mar 2014

Recognising that services provided by public bodies have a social purpose at their core, PSPs enable the public and third sectors to work together to enhance services for the public and our communities.

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Report from emerging market
Beanbags and Bullsh!t
Date: 6th Mar 2014

In April 2012, the prime minister launched ‘a £600m fund to support grassroots social projects’. At least, that was how The Guardian described social investment wholesale finance institution, Big Society Capital (BSC), the organisation set up to spend ‘unclaimed assets’ on developing the UK social investment market. Earlier this month, I dropped into BSC’s Fleet Street offices to ask chief executive, Nick O’Donohoe how he thinks it’s going?

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A Commitment to a Respectful Dialogue
Core Solutions, By John Sturrock
Date: 5th Mar 2014
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Factory will be home to 'Rolls-Royce' of karting
Glasgow Evening Times, By Gordon Thomson
Date: 5th Mar 2014

SCOTLAND'S first indoor electric go-karting track is being launched in a former Rolls-Royce factory which produced Spitfire engines during the Second World War.

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