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The Silent Crisis
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 31st May 2012

Another timely contribution on the same theme comes from The Jimmy Reid Foundation. The Silent Crisis predates the recent local elections but its authors are in no doubt as to the scale of the problem. The report draws a distinction between local administration and local democracy

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The Trouble With Impact Investing
By Kevin Starr
Date: 31st May 2012

There's only one bottom line. It ought to be impact.  For all the hoopla, the definition of impact investing is still a dog’s breakfast. Inclusive definitions throw in everything from small donations (huh?) to investments that provide a market rate of return or above (which sounds a lot like plain vanilla investing).

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John Pearce Appeal - Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland)
by Alan Tuffs and Alan Kay
Date: 31st May 2012
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Last Page of "What Money Can
Michael Sandel
Date: 31st May 2012

In addition to debating the meaning of this or that good, we also need to ask a bigger question, about the kind of society in which we
wish to live. As naming rights and municipal marketing appropriate the common world, they diminish its public character.

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Two-thirds of large charities will cut frontline services
Civil Society, by Niki May Young
Date: 30th May 2012

Three-quarters of large charities have already or will be making redundancies in the next year, and two-thirds will be cutting frontline services according to a survey looking into the commissioning landscape for charities.

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John Pearce - a Life for the Local Social Economy
by Karl Birkhoelzer
Date: 30th May 2012

As I was putting this series of articles*) together, I received the news that our longstanding Scottish friend and partner, John Pearce had died from cancer in December 2011.

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Grow Your Own
Scottish Government
Date: 25th May 2012

The increasing appetite for ‘grow your own’ was served up a cash boost today by Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson

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Who benefits from Big Society Capital?
The Guardian, by Daniela Barone Soares
Date: 25th May 2012

Targeting BSC money at 'intermediaries', rather than individual social enterprises, will increase its leverage

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Doing the right thing is German football's forte
The Guardian, by Paul Wilson
Date: 25th May 2012

In putting fans and tradition before profit, the Bundesliga upholds values the Premier League has lost

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Funding Deadline for Level Two Awards
Firstport
Date: 24th May 2012

Firstport are on the look out for Social Entrepreneurs who are in the start up phase of their social enterprise.

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Is Our Hunger For Scale Starving Real Growth?
Daily Good, by Esha Chhabra
Date: 24th May 2012

Stay humble. Stay close to the earth. That's at the core of this existence, I was told.

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Social Impact Bonds: what’s that coming over the hill?
acquiringbusiness4good, by Lauren Scott
Date: 24th May 2012

Social impact bonds seems to be all the rage at the moment – have you heard about the Peterborough prison project which has been put together by Social Finance?

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Government Agrees Amendment To Bill
Andy Wightman
Date: 24th May 2012

After a long-running campaign by land campaigner and Green member Andy Wightman, supported by Green MSP Alison Johnstone, the Scottish Government has agreed to amend their Long Leases Bill.

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Referendum Roadshow
NewsnetScotland.com, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 23rd May 2012

I’ve proposed a Referendum Roadshow to the Board of the Scottish Community Alliance where constitutional solutions would be ONE PART of a bigger debate about the obstacles faced by Scottish communities.

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The Margaret Wheatley Event
CLD Standards Council for Scotland
Date: 18th May 2012

Whatever the Problem, Community is the Answer: Margaret Wheatley, Ed.D.

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Review: What Money Can't Buy by Michael Sandel
Newstatesman, by John Gray
Date: 17th May 2012

Treating everything as a commodity ruins the moral fabric of society.

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Scottish Cup final: And, lo, it is written: Hibs have cup Nod in 2012
The Scotsman, by Simon Pia
Date: 17th May 2012

Not exactly a biblical prophecy and probably pure coincidence, but an “ancient scripture” has come to light, written by a holy man, predicting that this is the year that Hibs will finally win the Cup.

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Enshrine social investment in charity law, says BWB
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 17th May 2012

Charity law should clarify that it is a charitable purpose to measure social impact, and also provide a statutory power of social investment, say lawyers Bates Wells and Braithwaite in a submission to the Charities Act Review.

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Kin Hell
by George Monbiot
Date: 17th May 2012

The history of family life has been wildly misrepresented by conservatives.

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From the low tide of the sea to the highest mountain tops
Locality, by Steve Wyler
Date: 10th May 2012

Last night I attended a launch event at the House of Commons for what must surely be the most beautiful book ever produced by our movement.

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Defining Social Enterprise – the Scottish Criteria
Senscot
Date: 10th May 2012

Since June 2010, the Senscot website has carried a ‘hot link’ called ‘Defining Social Enterprise – the Scottish Criteria’. We co-ordinated this drafting with widespread help – including, notably, from the late John Pearce

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The Silent Crisis Summary
Jimmy Reid Foundation
Date: 10th May 2012

Scotland, with its many diverse communities, is a nation with a rich and diverse local tradition. However, this thriving ‘localism’ is not matched by a thriving local democracy; in fact, quite the opposite is the case.

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SFBA Cross-sector Collaboration
The Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 10th May 2012

Scotland is a small business economy. Small and medium sized enterprises account for 99% of all enterprises. This is where entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs are found.

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Philosophical Basis of the Green Party
The Green Party
Date: 10th May 2012

PB001 Life on Earth is under immense pressure. It is human activity, more than anything else, which is threatening the well-being of the environment on which we depend. 

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Throwing the Three ‘Rs’ Away: Rupert Murdoch, the Referendum and Rangers FC
Gerry Hassan
Date: 10th May 2012

It has been a dramatic few months in Scottish politics and one which reveals something about our nation and its public life. We have a problem with how we do politics, public conversation and understand power.

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International Social Enterprise Programme
Scottish Government
Date: 10th May 2012

Scotland has played a leading role in developing the social enterprise model around the world.  Particular highlights include hosting the first ever Social Enterprise World Forum in 2008 and the Social Enterprise Exchange in 2012.

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SSE & Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme: Applications now open!
Lloyds Banking Group / SSE
Date: 10th May 2012

 Learning Support from SSE and a grant funded by Lloyds Banking Group.  We are extremely excited to announce that applications for our Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme are now open. 

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People and Communities Fund
Scottish Government
Date: 10th May 2012

Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital investment, today announced the new People and Communities Fund to promote and support community-led regeneration initiatives across Scotland, is open for applications.

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SE Venues
Community Enterprise
Date: 10th May 2012

We’re on the hunt for Social Enterprise Venues across the country. Are you an enterprise manager who has an underused facility that you want to promote more? Scotland’s only website dedicated to listing charitable and social enterprise venues has been launched.

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South Harris could follow the lead of fellow islanders and launch community buy-out
West Highland Free Press
Date: 10th May 2012

A public meeting will be 'held in the south of Harris next week in a bid to determine local support for a possible community buy-out. A successful outcome could mean the whole of Harris coming under community ownership. 

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Rainy Weather
From Wandering by Hermann Hesse
Date: 3rd May 2012

It is trying to rain, over the lake the gray and flabby air hang anxiously.  I am walking on the beach, near the inn where I am staying.

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Big Society Capital – playing the long game
Locality, by Steve Wyler
Date: 3rd May 2012

I still have a paper written in 1999 by Iain Tuckett from Coin Street Community Builders, where he argued for a £500m national investment vehicle for community enterprise.

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New Award for great ideas that change the world
The Melting Pot
Date: 3rd May 2012

Scotland’s centre for social innovation launches Incubator Award Programme.

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Voluntary sector culture is predatory, charity independence campaign group says
Third Sector Online, by Sophie Hudson
Date: 3rd May 2012

Matt Scott of the National Coalition for Independent Action says this culture has widened the gap between large and small organisations

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Empire of Capital
by George Monbiot
Date: 3rd May 2012

Colonialism never ended, it continues by different means.

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The Beginnings of an Alternative Scotland
Gerry Hassan
Date: 3rd May 2012

What a week it has been – Murdoch, Trump, Rangers FC and of course the economy going into double dip recession.

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Investment firm announces £1.3m grant to develop social impact bonds globally
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 3rd May 2012

The social impact bond market is set for a boost with a £1.3m grant from Omidyar Network to support its expansion globally.

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