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Senscot Bulletin Opener
Laurence Demarco
Date: 29th Nov 2012

On Tuesday I go to hear the Buddhist teacher known as Thay. Over a thousand folk - mostly older middle class - concerned - pilgrim souls. Uncomfortably like myself. “I’m not sure about this.”

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Social Innovation Scotland

Date: 29th Nov 2012

Social Innovation Scotland is a new not-for-prot centre established to encourage, nurture and support social innovation in Scotland.

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iCan Programme Give Young People Social Edge
Firstport
Date: 29th Nov 2012

An initiative to develop the potential of young entrepreneurs in Scotland is to be piloted in West Dunbartonshire.

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Event: Social Enterprise – an academic discussion or changing the way we do business?
Social Enterprise Academy & Glasgow Caledonian University
Date: 29th Nov 2012

Join in the debate!  Social Enterprise – an academic discussion or changing the way we do business?

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BIG injects £6.9m into Lloyds’ social entrepreneurs scheme
Civil Society, by Jonathan Last
Date: 29th Nov 2012

Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is investing £6.9m into the Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme.

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Facebook and Google know that we value conformity more than our privacy
New Stateman, by Laurie Penny
Date: 29th Nov 2012

Julian Assange's new book, "Cypherpunks", has failed to understand something fundamental about the internet.

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CIC regulator launches review on dividend cap
Civil Socety, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 29th Nov 2012

The Community Interest Companies Regulator has launched a consultation on the limits on share dividends and performance-related interest that can be paid out to investors by community interest companies.

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Full-on state control is no solution
The Scotsman, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 29th Nov 2012

We don't need bigger councils, we need more involvement by local people to run their own areas, writes Lesley Riddoch

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Making it count: This is just the beginning
Radical Independent
Date: 29th Nov 2012

The Radical Independent Conference saw the length and breadth of the progressive pro-independence movement gather in Glasgow, with over 800 delegates travelling from  across the country to attend. 

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SE and Health Co-ordinator
Senscot
Date: 22nd Nov 2012

Over the last 12/18 months, the volume of activity of the Health SEN and Roundtable has grown significantly - in direct response to a number of initiatives from Scottish Govt. With the support of the Govt’s Equality, Third Sector and Communities Division and Health Directorate, Senscot is now seeking a dedicated member of staff to co-ordinate the activities of the Health SEN and Roundtable. 

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Shifting the Dial: From wellbeing measures to policy practice
IPPR North
Date: 22nd Nov 2012

This joint IPPR North and Carnegie UK Trust report explores how to put wellbeing measures into policy practice here in the UK, and explains why GDP alone is not a sufficient measurement on how society should progress.

 
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Five Predictions For The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship
Forbes Magazine
Date: 22nd Nov 2012

What’s the future of social entrepreneurship? On November 29th, Ashoka’s founder, Bill Drayton, is giving his predictions in an interview with David Bornstein from the New York Times.

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High-speed broadband: the next step for the co-operative movement
The Guardian, by Rosie Niven
Date: 22nd Nov 2012

A look at the progress of community-owned ventures to improve internet access for areas otherwise poorly served

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Criminal cuts from Westminster will devastate families and communities in Scotland
SCVO
Date: 22nd Nov 2012

New survery shows third sector organisations could struggle to pick up the pieces of biggest attack on the poor in generations.

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A single force could lose the local touch
The Herald Scotland, by Harry Reid
Date: 22nd Nov 2012

Next year Scotland will have a national police force.

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David Floyd's reaction to Gina Miller's article in the Guardian
David Floyd
Date: 22nd Nov 2012

Well, I agree with the headline. Social investment is currently held up - primarily by politicians and people working in social investment - as one of the major answers to the economic challenges the social sectors currently face.

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Social investing - the emperor's new clothes?
Gina Miller
Date: 22nd Nov 2012

Key questions need to be asked about motivation, advice and returns behind the mechanisms of social finance and investing.

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Sir Ken Robinson - Educating the Heart and Mind - Video
The Dali Lama Centre
Date: 22nd Nov 2012

Sir Ken Robinson speaks during the Dalai Lama Center's Educating the Heart Series. He discusses the importance of an education that educates not just the mind, but also the heart.

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No more cash for social enterprise group
Insider Media Ltd
Date: 21st Nov 2012

The Welsh Government is to pull out of funding the Welsh Social Enterprise Coalition because it found the group had not given value for money. The coalition, which represents and supports businesses which have a social purpose, may be made part of another organisation.

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About Social Enterprise NI
Social Enterprise Northern Ireland
Date: 21st Nov 2012

Social Enterprise NI is the voice for Social Enterprises and Social Entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland.

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Radical Independence Conference lineup 2012
Radical Independence
Date: 14th Nov 2012

The provisional timetable of speakers and workshops for the Radical Independence Conference has now been announced.

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The growing role of social enterprise in local government
The Guardian, by Tim Smedley
Date: 14th Nov 2012

There are signs that social enterprises are taking advantage of the need to deliver 'more for less' in local government

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HCT
Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 14th Nov 2012

Dai Powell, chief executive of community transport organisation HCT Group, was named Social Enterprise Leader of the year last night at the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2012.

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Jean Urquhart MSP: Why I am speaking at RIC
Radical Independence
Date: 14th Nov 2012

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to address the Radical Independence Conference on November 24th.

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The Problem with Criticism of Business in the Senscot Bulletin
Martin Stepek
Date: 14th Nov 2012

Laurence has kindly invited views contrary to those expressed in the Senscot bulletin on the private sector. Even that phrase “the private sector” is problematic because having read and enjoyed the bulletins for years it is not easy to pinpoint exactly what Laurence actually dislikes.

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Alf Young and Ian Cooke discuss The New Road: Charting Scotland’s Inspirational Communities
The Ragged Project
Date: 14th Nov 2012

Alf Young and Ian Cooke discuss The New Road: Charting Scotland’s Inspirational Communities, at the 16th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

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Parents in Islington look to Build first Crowd-funded Playground
Female First Magazine
Date: 14th Nov 2012

Parents in two of the UK’s most deprived boroughs are clubbing together and using the web to build new kids playgrounds by sharing the cost online

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Lancashire council becomes online lender
BBC
Date: 14th Nov 2012

Lancashire County Council is to become the first local authority to invest taxpayers' money directly into an online lender that connects savers and borrowers.

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Batmanghelidjh: Social impact bonds won't work for everyone
Civil Society, by Niki May Young
Date: 14th Nov 2012

Charity leaders should be "brave" enough not to accept prescribed funding models, said Camila Batmanghelidjh in her closing speech at the NCVO Trustee Conference yesterday.

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Time to get radical
Gerry Hassan, Scotsman
Date: 14th Nov 2012

Centralisation has resulted in people being disconnected from public services. It’s time for radical reform. Scottish devolution was always going to produce centralisation, such as the Procurement Reform Bill, along with single police and fire forces, and at the same time the rhetoric of change seen in the current Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill.

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Co-ops help bring economics back to the people
The Guardian
Date: 8th Nov 2012

As disillusionment with capitalism sets in, the co-operative movement is offering alternatives to the profit-driven model

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Scalpay vote YES to community ownership
Stornoway Gazette
Date: 8th Nov 2012

Residents of Scalpay have voted overwhelmingly to take community ownership of their island.

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Essay Prize 1st prize – Dan Gregory
Ethical Consumer
Date: 8th Nov 2012

Is there a co-operative alternative to capitalism? - Synopsis

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Co-ops can solve football's crisis, says FC United general manager
The Guardian, by Simon Birch
Date: 8th Nov 2012

The Manchester club raised £2m from a successful community share scheme.

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World’s Biggest Social Enterprise Event in Glasgow for Second Year
Social Enterprise Scotland
Date: 8th Nov 2012

Glasgow will again play host to the world’s biggest social enterprise event - as social entrepreneurs gather next year at the Social Enterprise Exchange.

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The Social Enterprise Exchange Supply Chain
CEiS
Date: 8th Nov 2012

The Social Enterprise Exchange is committed to work with as many social enterprise suppliers as possible to assist in the organisation and running of the event on 21 March 2013 in the SECC, Glasgow.

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Some CDFIs' notion of APR is not healthy, says Big Society Capital chief
The Guardian, by Claudia Cahalane
Date: 8th Nov 2012

Nick O'Donohue believes that few CDFIs are breaking even, meaning that they will fail to attract the social investors they require.

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Government commits to Living Wage
Scottish Government
Date: 8th Nov 2012

Swinney urges employers to protect employees on low incomes

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Environment and the Economy - Helping Scotland to Flourish
Scottish Environment Link
Date: 8th Nov 2012

This paper is a plea for a national consensus on a new goal of government. 

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Press Release: Third Phase of Scottish Investment Fund Launched
Social Investment Scotland
Date: 1st Nov 2012

£2 million expected to become available for third sector. The Scottish Government has today (1 November 2012) launched the third phase of the Scottish Investment Fund, a revolving fund which exists to build financial sustainability in the third sector.

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The man who reinvented banks
Sunday Herald, by Steven Vass
Date: 1st Nov 2012

Professor Muhammad Yunus paces into the room with the quiet dignity befitting his status.

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Our standards of evidence
Nesta Investment Management
Date: 1st Nov 2012

The objective of the Nesta Standards of Evidence is to help us know how confident we can be that a product or service is having a positive impact on one of our target outcomes.

 
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There are three potential problems with a social enterprise label for Europe
There are three potential problems with a social enterprise label for Europe
Date: 1st Nov 2012

Would a voluntary label system for social enterprise help motivate responsible consumers and attract investment?

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The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System
Resurgence, by Jerry Mander
Date: 1st Nov 2012

Then there is the crucial matter of scale. Most economists these days, the media at large and the general public do not make clear distinctions between large-scale domestic or global capitalism versus local, small-market capitalism.

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Big Local
Local Trust
Date: 1st Nov 2012

Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities

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Anuta Tribe
BBC
Date: 1st Nov 2012

The island of Anuta is one of almost a thousand islands that make up the Melanesian nation of the Solomon Islands. Together, this group of islands cover a land mass of 28,400 square kilometres.

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Energy Action Group
Development Trust Association Scotland
Date: 1st Nov 2012

Is Your Social Enterprise being charged Unfair and Uncompetitive Energy Costs?  Many social enterprises are paying unnecessarily high (and rising) energy costs because of:

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Community Ownership in Scotland
Community Ownership Support Service
Date: 1st Nov 2012

Through this study, Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) has sought to establish the current scale and nature of community ownership of assets across Scotland. The research was conducted by DTAS’ Community Ownership Support Service (COSS).

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Sirs Stephen and Stuart lock horns over trustee payment
Civil Society, by Tania Mason
Date: 1st Nov 2012

Sirs Stuart Etherington and Stephen Bubb outlined their differing views on the issue of trustee remuneration when they appeared before the Public Administration Select Committee this morning.

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