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Locality to launch Institute for Community Organising
Tania Mason , Civil Society
Date: 20th Apr 2011

 Locality is planning to set up an Institute for Community Organising as part of the £15m community organisers programme it is running on behalf of the government.

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Q&A: Alternative vote referendum
BBC News
Date: 20th Apr 2011

 A referendum will be held in May on whether to change the system for electing MPs. Here is a guide to the issue.

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Press Release: Politician Shows Support for Scotland’s Social Enterprises
Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition
Date: 20th Apr 2011

Kenny MacAskill signs up to social enterprise Charter at the annual Scottish Social Enterprise Fair

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Community Asset Transfer Strategy
Moray Council
Date: 20th Apr 2011

 This strategy describes the Council‟s approach to Community Asset Transfer.

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Learning from the Open Source Movement
Geof Cox Blog
Date: 20th Apr 2011

 A Guardian sub-editor garbled the final paragraphs of my latest guest blog there - but here's a corrected version...

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Social Enterprise Coalition launches social franchising manual
Andrew Holt, charitytimes
Date: 20th Apr 2011

 A new how-to guide to social franchising has been launched by the Social Enterprise Coalition (SEC). 

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PRESS RELEASE: Jute, Jam, Journalism.....and Jalfrezi!
Dundee International Women’s Centre
Date: 19th Apr 2011

 A specialist catering company set up by women from a community centre in Dundee has been hailed a success after just five months of starting up. 

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Scottish Elections 2011: Party Manifestos

Date: 15th Apr 2011

All the parties have now published their manifestos – and with the help of Duncan Thorp (Policy and Communications Officer at the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition), we have pulled together third sector themes for comparison. Link below is an early draft. We`ll be looking to refine this over the next week.

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New community ownership guidance and support service
Scottish Government
Date: 15th Apr 2011

 In March 2011 Mr Neil, Minister for Housing and Communities, spoke at one of the last seminars in the series highlighting emerging findings from this programme of work

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Seamus Heaney on Czesław Miłosz's centenary
Seamus Heaney, The Guardian
Date: 14th Apr 2011

 Czesław Miłosz was a veteran of European turmoil. His fellow Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney pays tribute to a Polish poet poised between lyricism and witness

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Tobias Jones: The comfort of strangers
The Guardian
Date: 14th Apr 2011

 Two years ago Tobias Jones decided to build a retreat for those with troubled lives. As his column for the magazine comes to an end, he reflects movingly on the pleasures and pain of offering sanctuary

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Councillors agree strategy for community ownership of council assets
Stuart Crowther, STV
Date: 14th Apr 2011

 Moray councillors have agreed to adopt plans to transfer council assets into community ownership

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AAVAZ: Investigate the hacking, freeze the BSKYB deal

Date: 14th Apr 2011

 At last, News Corporation has admitted illegally hacking the phones of celebrities and politicians. It’s a scandal that’s rocking the nation -- and it could become the tipping point, the moment when Britain stands up and stops Rupert Murdoch. 

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OSCR approves Scotland's first SCIO
OSCR
Date: 14th Apr 2011

 OSCR has granted charitable status to the first Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation or SCIO, a new legal form unique to Scottish charities. The SCIO is a legal entity able to enter into contracts, employ staff and own property, and which provides protection against personal liability for charity trustees. SCIOs must also have their principal office in Scotland.

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David Cameron measuring 'wrong type of happiness'
Tracy McVeigh, The Guardian
Date: 14th Apr 2011

 American 'optimism expert' who inspired prime minister fears that he got it all wrong

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Grayling backs charity after failure to land jobs contract
Kate Delvin, Herald Scotland
Date: 14th Apr 2011

 EMPLOYMENT Minister Chris Grayling has said he was “disappointed” a leading Scottish charity lost out on a large contract to a firm led by one of his department’s former top officials.

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Greens shooting to uncover the potential of the third sector
TfN
Date: 14th Apr 2011

 In the second of TFN’s series of articles by party political leaders, Patrick Harvie explains how the Green Party will stand up for the third sector in the next parliamentary session.

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Debra Allcock Tyler: Charities are good at what they do, and businesses should learn from us
Third Sector
Date: 14th Apr 2011

 Nick Hurd's recent assertion that charities should learn from businesses is the wrong way around, says our columnist

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Starting at the Top
Robert Black, TfN
Date: 12th Apr 2011

 THIRD sector bodies are unique. They operate with more freedom than public bodies, in many cases a strength is that they are very open to innovative thinking, and they have specialised knowledge and relationships with service users.

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“Enterprising Solutions”

Date: 5th Apr 2011

BRAG Enterprises would like to extend an invitation to social enterprises across the country to come along to our 'Enterprising Solutions' Trade Fair.

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UK social enterprises celebrate at Social Enterprise Awards
Andrew Holt, Charity Times
Date: 1st Apr 2011

 The UK finals of the Social Enterprise Awards took place last night at The O2 in the London. 

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