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Harry Smith at the Labour Party Conference
Youtube
Date: 31st Mar 2015

91-year-old war veteran Harry Smith at the Labour Party Conference

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Village SOS in Scotland - Info Sheet
By ACRE, Rocket Science, Rose Regeneration
Date: 31st Mar 2015

The new Big Lottery funded Village SOS programme has been launched in Scotland, with the aim of helping rural communities successfully develop, fund and implement projects which strengthen their community

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Who Wants to Be a Legionnaire?
The New York Times, by Margaret Talbot
Date: 31st Mar 2015

In 1995, Robert D. Putnam, a political scientist at Harvard University, published an academic journal article that in remarkably short order achieved the kind of name recognition usually reserved for John Grisham novels. 

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Our Kids by Robert Putnam review - stark portrait of trials facing millenials
The Guardian, by Nona Willis Aronowitz
Date: 31st Mar 2015
The political scientist convincingly describes an America poisoned by inequity of opportunity, but fails to see the political forces behind the disintegration of its communities.
 
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Top legal experts call for clarity over the 'shameful' right to die legislation
The Herald Scotland, Helen Puttick
Date: 31st Mar 2015

Legal experts from across Scotland are calling for clear guidance on how anyone who helps a loved one to die will be treated by the law, describing the current confusion as "shameful".

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The Report of the Alternative Commission on Social Investment
After the Goldrush
Date: 30th Mar 2015
Key Points: Transparency - Publish information on all social investments across all investors - with investees anonymised if required (Big Society Capital, SIFIs, the Social Investment Forum)
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A bumpy ride awaits the SNP on Westminster’s see-saw
The Guardian, by Neal Ascherson
Date: 30th Mar 2015

‘If you hold the balance, then you hold the power.” So says Alex Salmond. But any child balancing on a see-saw summit weighs power against peril. At each end, another child sits at your mercy. Yet if he or she jumps off, it’s you who goes tumbling.

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The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015
Social Value Lab
Date: 25th Mar 2015

What does your organisation look like in March 2015? This month marks the launch of the first national census of social enterprises in Scotland.

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Sport for Development in Scotland
Senscot
Date: 25th Mar 2015

There is growing recognition that sport has great potential to be used as a tool to reach beyond sport activity alone and make a significant contribution to personal, community, national and international development objectives.

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Sport has the power to change the world
Nelson Mandela
Date: 25th Mar 2015
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Keep it Local
Locality
Date: 25th Mar 2015

We’re delighted to be launching our Keep it Local campaign today. 

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10,000 flat-pack IKEA shelters for Iraqi displaced
Irin News
Date: 25th Mar 2015

The UN refugee agency has placed an order for 10,000 flat-pack refugee shelters designed by a social enterprise arm of furniture giant IKEA, with first delivery planned within months to camps across Iraq, where some 2.5 million people have been displaced by conflict.

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Success of land reform
Scottish Government
Date: 25th Mar 2015

One community a month funded to buy land since 2012.

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Social entrepreneurs establish Alternative Commission on Social Investment
Third Sector, By Sam Burne James
Date: 25th Mar 2015

Led by David Floyd of the CIC Social Spider, it will look into making the social investment market more accessible.

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This Snookered Isle: Britain's Terrible, No-Good Economic Discourse
New York Times, By Paul Krugman
Date: 25th Mar 2015

The 2016 election is still 19 mind-numbing, soul-killing months away. There is, however, another important election in just six weeks, as Britain goes to the polls. And many of the same issues are on the table.

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Charities back more powers for communities
Third Force News, by Robert Armour
Date: 19th Mar 2015

Campaigners have backed the decision by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee to support increasing the involvement of communities within local decision making.

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Scotland politically switched-on
Lesley Riddoch, The Scotsman
Date: 18th Mar 2015

The referendum engaged many voters and this is set to spill over to the general election.

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My dad and Sinatra
Gerry Hassan, Scottish Review
Date: 18th Mar 2015
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Revealed: Most poor Scots are very poor indeed
Stephen Naysmith, Herald Scotland
Date: 18th Mar 2015

Low pay, rising housing costs and welfare reforms have been blamed for new figure showing the depth of Scotland's poverty crisis.

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Across the Divide Tackling Digital Exclusion in Glasgow
Carnegie UK Trust, By Douglas White
Date: 11th Mar 2015

Based on the findings from our research, we have set out four key recommendations which we believe can support the drive to tackle digital exclusion in Glasgow and further afield.

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The union is once again at risk – thanks to Labour
The Observer, By Kevin McKenna
Date: 11th Mar 2015

The party doesn’t understand that by siding with the Tories on the referendum it alienated many voters forever.

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Toward Democracy? : Part One
The National, By Alasdair Gray
Date: 11th Mar 2015

Weeks before last year’s referendum remarkable events happened in Scottish homes, pubs, trains to and from football matches. No matter which team won, folk discussed politics as if their opinions mattered and might change things.

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Scottish group that helps women out of poverty doubles in size
Third Force News, by Paul Cardwell
Date: 11th Mar 2015

WEvolution awarded £200,000 funding

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'Why we've got it wrong on social investment' – former MP
Pioneers Post, By Leslie Huckfield
Date: 11th Mar 2015

Writing exclusively for Pioneers Post, Les Huckfield, board member of Senscot, academic at Glasgow Caledonian University and a former Labour MP, explains why we must challenge the apparent blind faith in social investment

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It’s now clear: David Cameron was never a real moderniser
The Sectator, By Hugo Rifkind
Date: 6th Mar 2015

I have a friend who was a Young Conservative. Just the one, I promise, and he’s grown out of it by now. I remember him, though, back from a party conference, freshly despairing, some time in the bleak, dandruffy Tory doldrums of 2000-ish.

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The current crisis in the NHS is not financial but cultural
International Futures Forum, By Margaret Hannah
Date: 4th Mar 2015

“We are a wealthy country, we can afford to spend more on healthcare.”

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New Scottish Government Economic Strategy: Corp Tax and Inequality
Stephen Boyd, STUC
Date: 4th Mar 2015
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David Craig Mackay
Herald Scotland
Date: 4th Mar 2015

DAVE Mackay, who has died aged 80, after a long battle against dementia, was more than a great footballer, he was one of the absolutely best players ever to pull on the dark blue of Scotland. 

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Lesley Riddoch: Time to watch and learn – then act
The Scotsman, By Lesley Riddoch
Date: 4th Mar 2015

Local democracy is the only way to get Scots out of their seats and into the front line of politics, writes Lesley Riddoch.

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Social enterprise and investment need their own regulator, says Big Society Capital
Civil Society Finance, By David Ainsworth
Date: 4th Mar 2015

The government should create a new regulator for social enterprise and social investment, to work in parallel with the Charity Commission, Big Society Capital has said in a manifesto document published today.

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Church starts a movement to end foodbanks
Third Force News, by Paul Cardwell
Date: 4th Mar 2015

Church of Scotland suggests food co-ops and allotments could help stop rise of food poverty.

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