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Date: 26th Nov 2009
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Conservative 'philosopher king' advocates 'new kind of capitalism'
The Telegraph
Date: 26th Nov 2009
An adviser to David Cameron, dubbed the "philosopher king", has told the Conservative Party to embrace a new kind of capitalism to help "ordinary people"....more

Report from 'Shaping the Future' Away Day
Supporting Voluntary Action (SVA)
Date: 26th Nov 2009

Purpose and Vision Statement for Third Sector Support Services - The Think Tank participants have been discussing vision and purpose and have produced a draft vision and purpose statement to encapsulate the current and future vision and purpose of third sector support infrastructure.

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Why have the employees bought the West Highland Free Press?
Giles Simon
Date: 25th Nov 2009
It's well known that local newspapers are in crisis. With advertising revenue down for many in the industry, we're seeing big changes and vibrant discussions across the newspaper industry about alternative business models ...more

30 Days of Social Enterprise
Alex Sobell
Date: 25th Nov 2009
A Tale of Two Trusts - On Sunday we decided to have a family day out and as members of the National Trust, which is one of the country's largest trading charities, we went to Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire. ...more

Community Shares
Comunity Shares Online
Date: 25th Nov 2009
Community owned enterprises will benefit from an exciting new government-backed initiative which aims to stimulate investment through community share and bond issues....more

Benefits conundrum fuels the cash-in-hand economy
Faisel Rahman - The Guardian
Date: 25th Nov 2009
Welfare reform should recognise that harnessing people's desire to work is more effective than the threat of jail or poverty....more

Reaping the rewards of social enterprise
Mark Gould & Patrick Butler - The Guardian
Date: 25th Nov 2009
Conference delegates told that councils should be encouraged by the government to set aside their caution and be brave when commissioning public services from outside the mainstream...more

Community Allowance scheme pilots announced
David Ainsworth - Third Sector
Date: 25th Nov 2009
Foresight, Learning Links and St Peter's Partnerships will benefit from DWP scheme for unemployed. ...more

Accounting for making a difference
Mike Gordon - Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 25th Nov 2009
Social accounting and social return on investment have become a part of the social enterprise lexicon, but what do we really know about the pros and cons of these competing processes? Mike Gordon gives us his views.....more

Scotland’s First Social Enterprise Awards Winners Announced
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
Date: 20th Nov 2009
Scotland's top social enterprises were unveiled last night at the first Social Enterprise Scotland Awards ceremony by John Swinney  MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Sustainable Growth, at the Scottish Parliament (Tuesday 17 November)....more

Government celebrates role of social enterprises
UK Government
Date: 20th Nov 2009
Communities are stronger as a result of social enterprises, the Prime Minister has told people working in the sector at a Downing Street reception to mark Social Enterprise Day. ...more

Social Enterprise of the Year Vote
Social Enterprise Awards
Date: 20th Nov 2009
The winning social enterprises from Scotland will go on to compete with winners from Wales, England and Northern Ireland in the grand UK final in December 2009. ...more

Villages compete for revival cash
BBC News
Date: 18th Nov 2009
Five Scottish villages are among the final contenders for a £400,000 revival in a BBC television series....more

Third Sector / Single Interfaces
Senscot
Date: 18th Nov 2009
Scottish Government announced in March 2008 that funding for CVS, VCs, LSEPs and LSENs would not continue in its current form after 2011. Geoff Pearson communicated this to the CVSs, VCs and LSEPs in 3 letters. LSENs were not included in the circulation list......more

Getting community empowerment back on track
Local People Leading
Date: 18th Nov 2009
Local People  Leading is an informal alliance of national and regional networks which work in Scotland's community sector.  Between them they serve over 1400 community based organisations. ...more

Venturing into new territory - capitalism with a conscience
Nick Mathiason - The Guardian
Date: 18th Nov 2009
Veteran private equity tycoon Sir Ronald Cohen talks glowingly of the transforming power of entrepreneurialism, which, he argues, represents the best ladder out of poverty. Putting his theory into practice is Michele Giddens....more

Building our Futures Conference
SCVO
Date: 18th Nov 2009
Join SCVO and key players from across Scotland's voluntary sector for this important conference on the sector's vision for equalities and human rights in Scotland. ...more

Civil Society in Scotland Conference – Concept
SCVO
Date: 18th Nov 2009

Aims - To bring together different parts of civil society together to explore specific challenges and the role of civil society in tackling/ addressing them...

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Community Allowance scheme pilots announced
David Ainsworth, Third Sector
Date: 17th Nov 2009

A Government-backed project to help community organisations employ people on benefits has unveiled the three organisations that will pilot the scheme.

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New online resource welcomed
SCVO
Date: 17th Nov 2009
The Third Sector Online Interactive Evidence Library received a resounding welcome at its official launch during the SCVO and University of Edinburgh Joint Research Conference last month... ...more

20:Twenty Leadership Residential
Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 17th Nov 2009

Social Enterprise Academy are hoping to bring 20 leaders (or those working towards a leadership role) from around the Highlands & Islands social economy together at the Knipoch Hotel near Oban...

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Asset Transfer Unit estimates 1,000 local authority asset transfers
Development Trust Association
Date: 13th Nov 2009
Two and a half years on from the Quirk Review the fourth round of the Advancing Assets programme is launched and ATU estimates 1,000 local authority asset transfers to communities currently underway ...more

The Social Economy
Edited by Ash Amin
Date: 13th Nov 2009
As the current economic crisis spreads around the globe questions are being asked about what king of capitalist or post-capitalist economy will follow. There is increasing talk of the need for stringent economic regulation... ...more

Localism good, big state bad: is David Cameron right?
Owen Bowcott and Patrick Butler - The Guardian
Date: 13th Nov 2009
David Cameron's speech on poverty, the state and the mass engagement of a new generation of community activists on Tuesday set the direction of travel under a Conservative government. Here a panel of social experts analyse the Tory leader's key points....more

Too fearful to publicise peak oil reality
Madeleine Bunting, The Guardian
Date: 12th Nov 2009
The economic establishment accepts the world soon won't be able to meet energy demands, but wants to keep quiet about it......more

Champions of the Overdog
George Monbiot, Published in The Guardian
Date: 11th Nov 2009
They are the pillars of the community, champions of the underdog, the scourge of corruption, defenders of free speech. ...more

Letter to Gordon Brown
Labour MPs
Date: 11th Nov 2009
Letter from a group of Labour MPs protesting at the UK Govt`s decision to scrap Chilcare Vouchers from March 2011....more

Excessive salaries 'corrupting sector's ethos'
Paul Jump, Third Sector
Date: 11th Nov 2009

Trade union calls for charities to iron out inequalities and bring in flat pay increases. The ethos of the voluntary sector is being corrupted by the excessive salaries of some charity chief executives, according to trade union Unite.

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Presence or Partnership? Voluntary and Private Sector Influence in Community Planning in Scotland
Economic & Social Research Council
Date: 5th Nov 2009
Dr Stephen Sinclair, of the Scottish Poverty Information Unit, Glasgow Caledonian University, on findings from a pilot study in which he and colleagues explored the influence and experiences of voluntary and private sector representatives in a Community Planning Partnership (CPP) in Scotland. ...more

The Community and Third Sectors as Key Partners
The Scottish Govt. & COSLA
Date: 5th Nov 2009
There is a huge amount of talent and potential in Scotland's communities that we must help to unlock. The Community Empowerment Action Plan, developed with colleagues in the third sector and jointly launched with COSLA in March 2009, commits Government in Scotland to supporting more communities to become more empowered ...more

It is time civil society took the lead in rebuilding the economy
STUC, TfN
Date: 5th Nov 2009
The current crisis provides an opportunity to create a new economic architecture that reconnects a strong, flexible economy to the living standards of all, not just to residents of the penthouse. ...more

The Berlin wall had to fall, but today's world is no fairer
Mikhail Gorbachev
Date: 5th Nov 2009
Twenty years after that shameful symbol of division was torn down, ultra-liberal capitalism needs its own perestroika ...more

Everyone loves the Royal Mail ... no one lifts a finger to save it
Muriel Gray, The Herald
Date: 5th Nov 2009

Sometimes even the biggest of issues boils down to the small, the individual, and the anecdotal.

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