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Interest-free loan scheme for charities is piloted in Brighton
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 27th Sep 2012

A new £115,000 government-backed pilot scheme offering interest-free loans and business support to charities and social enterprises in Brighton and Hove, has launched today.

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Three schools define social philanthropy debate, says professor
Investment Europe, by Dennis Young
Date: 27th Sep 2012

Dennis Young, professor at Georgia State University, has discussed the conflicting schools of thought in academia regarding social enterprise.

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Bute & Applecross Landowners Challenged - Media Release
Land Action Scotland
Date: 27th Sep 2012

Landowners challenged to let residents have a say.

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Mob rule: Iceland crowdsources its next constitution
The Guardian, by Haroon Siddique
Date: 27th Sep 2012

Country recovering from collapse of its banks and government is using social media to get citizens to share their ideas.

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Scots are ready for real, meaningful constitutional debate
ERS Scotland, by Malcolm Harvey
Date: 27th Sep 2012

Since the launch of Yes Scotland and Better Together, the campaigns in support of independence and the Union respectively, the constitutional debate has entered a phase of relative quiet.

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Best to borrow? A charity guide to social investment
New Philanthropy Capital
Date: 27th Sep 2012

This is an exciting time for social investment. The current and previous governments have worked hard to stimulate the development of the market, and support is coming from a growing number of grant-makers and philanthropists who want to generate social as well as financial returns. 

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Ted Hughes Letter to his son in 1986
Ted Hughes
Date: 27th Sep 2012

When I came to Lake Victoria, it was quite obvious to me that in some of the most important ways you are much more mature than I am. . . . But in many other ways obviously you are still childish -- how could you not be, you alone among mankind?

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The UK Community Food Sector Conference
Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) and Community Food Enterprise (CFE)
Date: 26th Sep 2012

 Conference, organised by CFINE and CFE , Newham, London, In Central Hall, Westminster, London, 22nd November 2012, Conference sponsored by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

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Theatre companies as social enterprises
The Guardian, by Wayne Ingram
Date: 26th Sep 2012

If more of us become social enterprises, arts organisations could become less fragmented and less reliant on public funding

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An offer too good to refuse
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 20th Sep 2012

On the west coast of Wales there was a small hostel in the village of Llanbedr. It was beset by problems, making a loss, unpopular with the villagers and due for closure. 

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Big Society Capital new investments
Third Sector Online, by David Ainsworth
Date: 20th Sep 2012

Chief executive Nick O'Donohoe also announces awards of £33m to social investors and intermediaries.

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Development Trusts Association Scotland Response
Scottish Government Consultation on the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill
Date: 20th Sep 2012

The Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) is the national organisation for development trusts in Scotland, with a membership of just under 200 community led organisations engaged in the regeneration of their communities through a combination of enterprise, community ownership and creativity.

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CRNS 2012 Annual Conference
CRNS
Date: 20th Sep 2012

You are cordially invited to attend the:CRNS Annual Conference & 2012 AGM, Wednesday 24th October 2012, The Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY, Different Approaches : Different Resources, Delivery Strategies in the Community Sector

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Why I write
Financial Times, by Simon Schama
Date: 20th Sep 2012

Dickens’ abundance and Orwell’s asperity are equally inspiring

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In Defence of Subsidiarity
by George MacDonald Ross
Date: 20th Sep 2012

In Philosophy Now No. 5 (Spring 1993), there were two rather flippant remarks about the concept of subsidiarity. The Philosophy Glossary defined subsidiarity as “nobody agrees on what this word means”, and John Crosthwaite described its meaning as a “grey area”, and “hand[ed] the question over to the real philosophers”.

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The Social Sector is NOT the Third Sector
Laurence Demarco
Date: 20th Sep 2012
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Defining Social Sector Organisations
The Big Society Capital
Date: 18th Sep 2012

Big Society Capital was established to grow the social investment market in the UK. To do this we are investing to build the market infrastructure and support development of the financial intermediaries that are required to connect investors looking for both a social and financial return with the enterprises they can invest in to achieve this goal.

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Strategic spending on communities could change the health and behaviour of people living in them
The Scotsman, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 13th Sep 2012

Alex Salmond’s Cabinet reshuffle has left Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Neil with swapped jobs, "up-sized" portfolios, high profiles, raised status … and a unique opportunity to do something far more important even than the sum of their two, new, super-sized jobs.

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Edinburgh plans co-op council with parents in charge of childcare and tenants managing housing
The Scotsman, by Rory Reynolds
Date: 13th Sep 2012

Parents running childcare facilities and tenants managing housing estates are among the new measures expected to be introduced as part of wide-ranging changes to the way services in Edinburgh are run.

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The Dirty 360
Herald Scotland, by Rob Edwards
Date: 12th Sep 2012

More than 360 industrial sites across Scotland have been officially condemned by the Scottish government's green watchdog for failing to control pollution.

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Cathy Pharoah: The sector needs a common brand
Third Sector
Date: 12th Sep 2012

Charities should follow the example of the Olympics, says our columnist, with a new identity that affirms the values and aspirations of the sector and helps it stand out in hard times.

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Blog: A sector on the edge
SCVO, by Ruchir Shah
Date: 12th Sep 2012

This week SCVO releases its latest digest of statistics on the size, shape and profile of the third sector in Scotland. SCVO has been doing this since 1998, and these stats have been the go-to bible for the state of Scotland’s third sector by politicians, governments, academics and policy wonks ever since.

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Rosie's Social Enterprises Award for Excellence in Business
Rosie's Social Enterprises
Date: 12th Sep 2012

An Aberdeen based group of social Enterprises, Rosie’s Social Enterprises picked up the PwC Award for Excellence in Business in the Scottish heat of the Private Business Awards 2012. 

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Remit for Review
Scottish Government
Date: 12th Sep 2012

The Scottish Government is committed to generating innovative and radical proposals on land reform that will contribute to the success of Scotland for future generations.

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Scottish Government announces major boost to third sector and social enterprises
Scottish Government
Date: 6th Sep 2012

Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning at the Scottish Government today (5th September 2012) announced that five world class social enterprise's are to set-up international headquarters in Scotland after being awarded grants under the International Social Enterprise Programme, at Community Enterprise in Scotland's (CEiS) annual conference in Glasgow.

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SIS Vacancies
Social Investment Scotland
Date: 6th Sep 2012

SIS has recently celebrated its 10 year mile stone, originally set up as a unique partnership between Scotland’s four main commercial banks and the public realm. Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and HIE provided further funding towards the organisations’ running costs.

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A Rural Parliament for Scotland

Date: 6th Sep 2012

The creation of a Rural Parliament for Scotland is a unique opportunity to enable a stronger, more coherent voice for Scotland’s rural communities. It is inspired by the success of the Rural Parliaments in other European nations.

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UK's poorest children bearing the greatest burden of the recession
Save the Children
Date: 6th Sep 2012

Britain's poorest children are having their parents go hungry to feed them, missing regular hot meals, unable to afford warm coats and new shoes and suffering enormous emotional strain, according to our new report: Child Poverty 2012: It Shouldn't Happen Here.

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Without the right incentives, social benefit bonds can leave us in a bind
The Conversation, by Paul Oslington
Date: 6th Sep 2012

The NSW Treasury’s current trial of social benefit bonds is attracting a lot of attention, including a session devoted to bonds and other social enterprise innovations at the Economic Society of Australia’s recent Australian Economic Forum in Sydney.

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Churchill Fellowships
Vivien Reynolds
Date: 5th Sep 2012

 Just wondering whether you’ve already alerted the Social Business sector and others involved in making communities work to the possibility of winning a Churchill Fellowship for 2013.

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