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'Jobs not jail' scheme for Scotland's gang members
BBC News, by Huw Williams
Date: 30th May 2013

Leaders from a project that works to divert gang members in Los Angeles away from jail and into jobs are visiting Scotland this week.

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Coalfields Regeneration School launched
Alloa Advertiser
Date: 30th May 2013

THE Coalfields Regeneration Trust is offering local organisations the chance to go back to school to learn how to become more enterprising and have a bigger impact on their local communities.

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Community-owned village shops across the UK to celebrate Community Shops Fortnight
Plunkett Foundation
Date: 30th May 2013

Plunkett Foundation, the national organisation supporting the development of community shops across the UK, has launched Community Shops Fortnight 2013, an annual celebration of community-owned village shops across the UK, which will take place Saturday 15 June to Saturday 29 June 2013.

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If CDFIs are forced to get ruthless, social enterprise will suffer
The Guardian, by Sam Collin
Date: 30th May 2013

Pressure on community development finance institutions that forces them to operate like banks limits their social impact

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My manifesto for rewilding the world
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 30th May 2013

Nature swiftly responds when we stop trying to control it. This is our big chance to reverse man's terrible destructive impact

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Investment Readiness Roundtable - Discussion Paper
The Big Lottery (Scotland)
Date: 30th May 2013

Social investment - i.e. investment activity which has an expectation of both a specified social outcome and / or an explicit financial return - continues to be an emerging field that is of interest to government, grant-makers, philanthropists and the third sector in Scotland.

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Charities want to trade as social enterprises, but face poor access to finance
Charity Times, by Andrew Holt
Date: 30th May 2013

Results of a survey about attitudes to social enterprise among UK charities were released today by Social Enterprise UK, and its findings are ‘overwhelmingly positive’, according to the national membership organisation.

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Meeting £1bn unmet demand for social investment finance
Pioneers Post
Date: 30th May 2013

There are practical steps the UK government should take to help bridge the funding gap for those unable to access traditional bank funding, says Luke Fletcher. Among them is the guarantee which could play a significant role in bridging this crucial finance gap

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Aberdeen Foyer and VSA to merge later this year
Third Sector Online
Date: 30th May 2013

he homelessness charity and the social care charity plan no redundancies, says foyer chief Ken Milroy, but this could be reviewed

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The Founders Fund - Key Messages
Firstport
Date: 24th May 2013

The Firstport founders fund has been set up to allow social entrepreneurs an opportunity to give back and enable the next generation of social entrepreneurs to get started.

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Social Enterprise Academy opens Hub in Australia
Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 23rd May 2013

The Social Enterprise Academy is now delivering its acclaimed learning and development programmes for social entrepreneurs in Australia.

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Enterprising Third Sector Growth and Sustainability Fund 2013
Scottish Government
Date: 23rd May 2013

The Scottish Government (Third Sector Unit) is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced Contractor to undertake the administration and management of a significant grant fund to help maintain, develop and grow Scotland’s enterprising third sector.

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Inside Track: Land reform
The Herald Scotland, by David Ross
Date: 23rd May 2013

There will be those on both sides of the land reform debate who will have been disappointed by the interim report of the Land Reform Review Group, published this week.

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Land reform withers on the vine of complacency & ignorance
Land Matters, by Andy Wightman
Date: 23rd May 2013

It is probably quite appropriate that today, within 24 hours of publishing her Interim Report, the Chair of the Land Reform Review Group, Alison Elliot, is giving the keynote address to Scottish Land and Estates AGM at Perth racecourse.

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A hostile mob? Farage got off lightly
by Douglas Marr
Date: 23rd May 2013

So what to make of last week's so called Farage barrage on the Royal Mile? Like most people I rely on television evidence to gain an impression of what occurred. On that basis I find it astonishing that so much has been made of such a small-scale event.

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Charities told using 'social enterprise' brand will help them win funding
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 23rd May 2013

St Andrew’s Healthcare, one of the largest charities in the UK, has been told by commissioners that calling itself a social enterprise will help it win contracts.

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Ian Rankin calls to stop Engine Shed cafe axe
The Scotsman
Date: 23rd May 2013

AUTHOR Ian Rankin today added his voice to the calls to save The Engine Shed from being axed.

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Nesta unveils online directory of UK crowdfunding platforms
Third Sector Online, by Jenna Pudelek
Date: 23rd May 2013

CrowdingIn has been written to help charities find suitable crowdfunding websites and includes a filtering system, says Liam Collins, a policy adviser at Nesta

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Winner of Inspiring Youth Enterprise Grant Funding Announced
RBS Group
Date: 23rd May 2013

RBS Inspiring Enterprise has today announced the winners of the latest round of Youth Enterprise grant funding. Over 200 organisations submitted applications for funding to run programmes for young people, from which 12 winners have been selected across the UK.

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Come Together: Social Banking & The Commons
Institue for Social Banking
Date: 23rd May 2013

At our 2013 Summer School we will meet in the Swiss mountains to explore together how Social Banking can encourage and support initiatives and business ventures which cultivate our common, shared responsibility for:

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Consultation on future of Structural Funds in Scotland
SCVO
Date: 17th May 2013

The Scottish Government consultation on the future of Structural Funds in Scotland was launched at the Annual Publicity Event on 14 May 2013. Presentations and discussions focused on the strategic, governance and delivery arrangements for the 2014-2020 European Structural Funds programmes.

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Impressions of the Transforming Finance Conference
Pauline Hinchion
Date: 16th May 2013

The timely Transforming Finance Conference in London brought home the stark reality of the monoculture that is British Banking in comparison to the rest of the world. Whereas in the UK only 3% of all banking is made up of local/state owned/co-operative and ethical banks; in the USA it is 34%; in Canada it is 15% and in Germany it is 67%. All of these banks engage in the ‘real economy’; that is, they provide loans to local companies and individuals who need them.

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Job Opportunity - Project Consultant
Ready for Business
Date: 16th May 2013

Ready for Business LLP is a partnership of Senscot, CEiS and Social Firms Scotland, who along with a wider consortium including KPMG, MacRoberts and Social Value Lab is delivering the Scottish Government funded Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme.

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Interview: Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Executive Education, by Rebecca Knight
Date: 15th May 2013

Rosabeth Moss Kanter doesn’t use the “R” word. As the chair and director of Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, a universitywide programme that shepherds successful seasoned professionals from their income-earning years to work on public service projects, Prof Kanter believes the very notion of “retirement” - to this group of individuals at least - inspires mild antipathy.
“We talk about transitioning,” she says. “We never use the ‘R’ word. Never ever.”

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Message from Steve Wyler
Locality
Date: 15th May 2013

Last Thursday I attended an event organised by Big Society Capital to celebrate its first year of operation. The event was packed with City investors, social lenders, and journalists

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Planet Earth: A corporate world
Transnational Institute
Date: 15th May 2013

Which are the biggest companies in the world? Which corporations control them? How does their power compare with states?

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What next for 'Comman Weal'?
The Jimmy Reid Foundation
Date: 15th May 2013

It has been a promising start to a project to outline the details of a better Scotland. But now it is for others to shape the path forward.

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The Common Weal
The Jimmy Reid Foundation
Date: 15th May 2013

A model for economic and social development in Scotland

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The disempowered state
The Scottish Review, by David Donnison
Date: 15th May 2013

Eighteen months ago I was speaking at a seminar in Charles University, Prague. As our lively discussion drew to a close my chairman (a shrewd scholar who has done his stint at the London School of Economics and in American universities) posed a final killer question. 'You have in Britain such a wonderful tradition of research on public health and social policy. Why are the policies so awful?'

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The science of love
Daily Good, by Barbara Fredrickson
Date: 15th May 2013

Nearly 60 years ago, a decade before the counterculture erupted throughout the United States and beyond, Aldous Huxley described his first experience with psychedelic drugs in The Doors of Perception (1954).

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The family is where we learn love
New Statesman, by Jonathan Sacks
Date: 9th May 2013

Faith is the redemption of solitude.

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Britain can prosper by understanding how Germany succeeds
New Statesman, by Maurice Glasman
Date: 9th May 2013

Movement is everything.

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Linwood Community Development Trust
Land Matters, by Kirsty Flannigan
Date: 9th May 2013

I write on behalf of Linwood CDT to thank you for writing this article. It clearly defines the history of Tesco in Linwood and also demonstrates that past regeneration projects - that have focussed on physical assets - have failed Linwood in the longer term.

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Is referendum synonymous with party politics?
Third Force News
Date: 9th May 2013

CHARITIES this week called for the Scottish charity regulator to rethink rushed guidance on the role of charities in the independence referendum.

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Nudged out: this is mutualisation, but not as we know it
The Guardian, by Ed Mayo
Date: 9th May 2013

The privatisation of No 10's nudge unit, meant as a model for public services, is no John Lewis utopia for employees

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Struggling families bank on Foodshare
Clydebank Post
Date: 9th May 2013

VITAL food parcels have been delivered to hard-up Bankies struggling to feed their families.

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Good Society Scotland Event
Compass
Date: 9th May 2013

You are warmly invited to Compass Scotland's event 'A Good Society for Scotland'

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Sir Ronald Cohen: Venture Capitalist to Social Capitalist
Instead Knowledge, by Nigel Roberts
Date: 9th May 2013

Sir Ronald Cohen is one of the founding fathers of modern venture capitalism. Now he is advocating a revolutionary new approach to narrow the widening gap between rich and poor, and wants investors to replace the “invisible hand” with the “invisible heart”

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A new blueprint for an independent Scotland
Herald Scotland, by Tom Gordon
Date: 9th May 2013

A group of economists and academics has stepped into the independence debate with their own vision of how Holyrood could transform Scottish society after a Yes vote in the referendum.

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The Future is Local Event
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 2nd May 2013

Senscot was well represented last Friday - when the 17 networks which comprise the Scottish Community Alliance - ‘occupied’ the Holyrood parliament for a day conference entitled ‘the Future is Local’

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Enterprising Third Sector Growth and Sustainability Fund
Scottish Government
Date: 2nd May 2013

A tender for a new Enterprising Third Sector Growth and Sustainability Fund has been released by the Scottish Government and is currently in the procurement process. 

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Enterprising Third Sector Growth and Sustainability Fund
Scottish Government
Date: 2nd May 2013

A tender for a new Enterprising Third Sector Growth and Sustainability Fund has been released by the Scottish Government and is currently in the procurement process

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Analysis: Is crowdfunding the way forward?
Third Sector
Date: 2nd May 2013

The rise of the internet and the economic crisis have created the conditions for a novel form of fundraising that has had some success. Jenna Pudelek examines its potential

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Presentation to Symposium at Princeton University, New Jersey
Cam Donaldson
Date: 2nd May 2013

The paper that Cam Donaldson and members of his research team presented at the CIT symposium focused on that second theme: 'social enterprise' or 'social business'.

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What Isnít for Sale?
The Atlantic, by Michael Sandel
Date: 1st May 2013

Market thinking so permeates our lives that we barely notice it anymore. A leading philosopher sums up the hidden costs of a price-tag society.

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Scottish families and children share a brighter future
The Big Lottery Fund
Date: 1st May 2013

Today (April 18), 96 organisations working with children and families across Scotland have been awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s £20 million Third Sector Early Intervention Fund (TSEIF). 

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Lottery investment to help young people leaving care
The Big Lottery Fund
Date: 1st May 2013

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) formally handed over the reins to its largest single investment in Scotland as the £50 million Life Changes Trust launched in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

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Bulletin into 12.10.07
Laurence Demarco
Date: 1st May 2013

Last week I read a book called 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy - which changed the way I see our world. In it, an environmental catastrophe has destroyed our planet - all animal and plant life has been killed.

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Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers
Ready for Business
Date: 1st May 2013

Welcome to the first e-newsletter from the team at Ready for Business. Over coming months we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with news and resources from the Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme.

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Where Hope Flows
George Monbiot
Date: 1st May 2013

If the “hardest-worked river in the world” can recover to this extent, almost anything is possible.

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EU Embraces
Daily Good, by Sylivia Poggioli
Date: 1st May 2013

Tough economic times and growing poverty in much of Europe are reviving a humble tradition that began some one-hundred years ago in the Italian city of Naples. It's called caffè sospeso - "suspended coffee": A customer pays in advance for a person who cannot afford a cup of coffee.

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New Vice-Chair for Land Reform Review Group
Scotland: National Rural Network
Date: 1st May 2013

Ian Cooke has been appointed vice-chair of the Land Reform Review Group, following Professor James Hunter's decision to step down for personal reasons. Mr Cooke is the Director of the Development Trusts Association Scotland and brings excellent knowledge and experience in community regeneration and development to the group

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