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Sue Perkins presents UK social enterprise awards – winners announced
Social Enterprise UK
Date: 28th Nov 2013

Last night Social Enterprise UK hosted the 15th Social Enterprise Awards at LSO St Luke’s in London, sponsored by The Independent on Sunday.

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Cruel and desperate: the new world of Scotland's poor
David Donnison
Date: 28th Nov 2013

Recently I attended two conferences which, despite their sedate titles, made it clear that the process of 'welfare reform', still only beginning to get into its stride, is creating scandals that will disgrace the UK and its Westminster-based political elites.

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The five stages of grief for a failed social entrepreneur
The Guardian, By Dan Morrison
Date: 28th Nov 2013

Dan Morrison talks about the five stages of grief following a failed social enterprise, and how to recover your motivation and start again.

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The commodification of multiple disadvantage
Stephen Crossley
Date: 28th Nov 2013

A couple of weeks ago, Iain Duncan Smith delivered a speech at the 2nd annual Social Justice conference organised by the government.

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Shame on the greed of my beloved Celtic FC
The Observer, By Kevin McKenna
Date: 28th Nov 2013

Celtic FC are so rich, yet they cannot bring themselves to pay the living wage.

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Scottish independence is a little more likely today than it was yesterday
The Spectator, By Alex Massie
Date: 27th Nov 2013

Alex Salmond Reveals The White Paper For An Independent Scotland

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Co-operatives: the people's movement
The Guardian
Date: 21st Nov 2013

The sensible lesson from this sad tale is that mutuals should probably grow organically rather than by hubristic capitalist-style merger and acquisition.

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50 voices: what does social enterprise mean to you?
The Guardian
Date: 21st Nov 2013

We've asked 50 people to tell us what social enterprise means to them. We will be revealing 10 responses a day - so don't forget to come back and catch the latest musings including those of Richard Branson, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, and Sophi Tranchell.

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Dutch welfare state is over
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 21st Nov 2013

The long term damage that has been inflicted on the international economy and the implications for the future role of the state is something that is exercising every government across Europe.  Few can have been quite as blunt about the future prospects of the traditional welfare state as the Dutch Government in a recent speech given by the King of the Netherlands. The Dutch seem convinced that a new ‘participatory model’ is required which will require profound changes in the way we think about society.

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The Enabling State
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 21st Nov 2013

Sir John Elvidge is a man who knows a thing or two about how government works. He used to be Scotland’s most senior civil servant.  He’s currently leading on a Carnegie UK Trust project called the Enabling State. The central premise of this work seems quite aligned with the Dutch Government’s thinking – that public services of the future must tap into the abilities that communities and individuals have to improve their own lives and the lives around them. Sir John’s latest thinking on this was published this week.

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Message from Steve Wyler: Authority comes only from the people
Locality
Date: 21st Nov 2013

At the Locality Convention last week Bernadette McAliskey quoted Tom Paine’s “Rights of Man”, reminding us that authority comes not from on high, neither from monarchs nor from governments, but only from the people.

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A new profession is emerging
David Donnison
Date: 21st Nov 2013

Officials in the services funding this work are sometimes uneasy about the numbers of volunteers involved and press the agencies on their payroll to become "more professional".

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A cracking success
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 20th Nov 2013

South Uist once had a thriving egg industry. But under pressure from cheap imports from as far as away as Poland, the industry went into steep decline.  More recently and due in large part to the efforts of local development trust, Lochboisdale Amenity Trust, local egg production has seen a change in fortunes. The Trust’s Rent-a-Hen project has provided local crofters with a much needed additional line of income and the island’s population now has a much more sustainable, healthier and shorter supply chain. A win-win all round.

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£1m bid to create community-owned clean energy on Mull
The Guardian
Date: 20th Nov 2013

A £1m bid to generate 40 years of community-owned clean energy launches today.

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“Evidencing social enterprise as a public health and well-being 'intervention”
Glasgow Caledonian University
Date: 19th Nov 2013

Duration: five years from 1 January 2014 Joint Funders: Medical Research Council (UK) and Economic and Social Research Council (UK) Total value: £1,971,000 Principal Investigator: Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Accountancy Social Enterprise Research
Edinburgh SEN
Date: 13th Nov 2013

The Edinburgh Third Sector Interface (TSI) is a partnership between Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations' Council (EVOC), Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network (ESEN) and the Volunteer Centre Edinburgh (VCE). Its aim is to provide support to the third sector, social enterprises and volunteers in Edinburgh.

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Glasgow council kills plan to prevent traffic cones on monument's head
The Guardian
Date: 13th Nov 2013

More than 10,000 sign an online petition defending traffic-cone statue tradition as part of Glasgow's heritage.

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It's business that really rules us now
The Guardian, By George Monbiot
Date: 13th Nov 2013

Lobbying is the least of it: corporate interests have captured the entire democratic process. No wonder so many have given up on politics.

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Charities 'should see non-charitable social enterprises as comrades-in-arms'
Third Sector Online, By Kate Youde
Date: 13th Nov 2013
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Finance isn’t the story
Beanbags and Bullsh!t
Date: 13th Nov 2013

At the beginning of a workshop at last week’s Good Deals social investment conference, the panel chair suggested that the panelist from Big Society Capital (BSC) needed to put a toilet on their head because everyone was cr***ing on them.

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A Social Enterprise Strategy for Edinburgh 2013 - 2018
Enabling Enteprise
Date: 12th Nov 2013

This strategy sets out how social enterprises will be key to a vibrant economy that delivers the best
outcomes for the people of Edinburgh.

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Top economists lambast new procurement law
Sunday Herald, By Colin Donald
Date: 12th Nov 2013

New law proposed by the Scottish Government to regulate over £9 billion a year of public spending procurement in Scotland is "extremely weak", "nebulous", and "unlikely to achieve much", according to a pair of influential economists.

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Social enterprise consortium aims to be 'go-to provider' for service delivery contracts
Third Sector Online, By Kate Youde
Date: 12th Nov 2013

The National Consortium of Social Enterprises plans to enlist 1,000 organisations by January 2014 in its bid to participate in the delivery of public services.

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A Social Entrepreneur Chat Show
The Melting Pot
Date: 12th Nov 2013

Come join us for an evening of social banter; 6 – 8.15pm Tuesday 19th November, The Melting Pot.

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Comrie Conversations
Comrie Conversations
Date: 12th Nov 2013

The fourth Comrie Conversation event will take place on 19th November at 19.30 in the White CHurch, Comrie. YES or NO - the independence referendum creates the opportunity to discuss what kind of future we want for Scotland. 

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Community Shares Support Service for Scotland
The Big Lottery Fund Scotland
Date: 8th Nov 2013

Carnegie UK Trust and the Big Lottery Fund are working together to set up a new Community Shares Support Service for Scotland, to run for three years.

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Social impact bonds: a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Date: 7th Nov 2013

The financial crisis has created fertile soil for new, innovative funding mechanisms
and delivery agreements for social services.

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RBS SE100 Index figures show changing climate for social enterprise
RBS SE100 Index
Date: 7th Nov 2013

The UK’s social enterprises are operating in an exciting – but perhaps more volatile – climate than ever before, generating revenues and profits on an as-yet unrecognised scale.

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Transport gets a boost
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 7th Nov 2013

Scotland’s community transport providers held their annual gathering yesterday and heard messages of unequivocal support from Scottish Government.

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The time for charity cynicism over
Civil Society, By Robert Ashton
Date: 6th Nov 2013

Large companies are increasingly viewing values and charity as critical to commercial success. Robert Ashton explains why he wants to give Nike a big tick, and why charities should too. 

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Rural Parliament
Scotland: National Rural Network
Date: 6th Nov 2013

On Wednesday 28 August 2013, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead announced Scottish Government backing for the first meeting of a Scottish Rural Parliament to take place in 2014.

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New powers for Scotland’s communities
Scottish Government
Date: 6th Nov 2013

Plans for greater local decision making.

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Out of the Shadows? The fall and rise of social value in public services: a progress report
Social Enterprise UK
Date: 1st Nov 2013
In practice, the shadows around public services seem to be darkening with each news story. But in policy terms, there are a number of promising signs that public services might soon emerge from the grey.
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