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Curb the banks? The government has propped them up at every opportunity
George Monbiot, The Guardian
Date: 27th Jan 2011

 Here's the story of how Cameron and Osborne secretly tried and failed to kill tougher European rules on bankers' bonuses

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The new guide to Social Accounting and Audit
Alan Kay, Social Audit Network
Date: 27th Jan 2011

As many of you may know, the new Guide to Social Accounting and Audit is almost complete.

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Invitation to social impact bond conferences in march

Date: 27th Jan 2011

Social Finance invites commissioners, social service providers and investors to three conferences in Glasgow, Birmingham and London in March 2011. We would like to work with you to build the marketplace for Social Impact Bonds.

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Community resilience and co-production project

Date: 27th Jan 2011

 Are you working to change the way services in Scotland are designed and delivered?

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How housing associations can support communities through social enterprise
Owen Jarvis, Guardian Professional
Date: 27th Jan 2011

Contracting small businesses to train and create jobs for local people while delivering on services could help the housing sector both meet the localism agenda and save money

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The social economy in the face of globalization
Roberto Savio (Argentina)
Date: 27th Jan 2011

The participation of the social economy in the debate on world governance is urgent and indispensable. In effect, this so strategic of sectors is absent from world forums and, consequently, from the resulting debates on ideas.

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The way ahead in Scotland
Social Enterprise Live
Date: 26th Jan 2011

John Swinney, cabinet secretary for finance and sustainable growth in Scotland, gives Social Enterprise readers an insight into his government’s plans for the future

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Third Sector Interfaces: Contacts List
Scottish Government
Date: 19th Jan 2011

The Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) are taking shape across the country. Senscot is encouraging SENs to make direct contact with their respective TSIs, if they have not done so already.

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Maurice Glasman – the peer plotting Labour's new strategy from his flat
Toby Helm and Julian Coman, The Observer
Date: 19th Jan 2011

 Labour insiders think Glasman could provide the intellectual basis for an assault on David Cameron's 'big society'

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Wikipedia – an unplanned miracle
Clay Shirky, The Guardian
Date: 19th Jan 2011

 Every day since its birth 10 years ago, Wikipedia has got better. Yet it's amazing it even exists

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Salary and social enterprise: what should entrepreneurs get paid?
Claudia Cahalane, The Guardian
Date: 19th Jan 2011

 How much pay should you take out of your business? And what is the ideal salary for a social enterpreneur? Claudia Cahalane samples salaries in the sector

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Desert Island Discs, Alex Salmond

Date: 19th Jan 2011

Kirsty Young's castaway is the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond.

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Britain’s first MSc in Social Enterprise
Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 19th Jan 2011

Social enterprise continued its push into the mainstream today as Glasgow Caledonian University and the Social Enterprise Academy announced Britain’s first MSc in Social Enterprise.

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CRNS Annual Report up for award
CRNS
Date: 19th Jan 2011

 The CRNS Annual Report 2009/10 is up for an award at the Institute for  Internal Communication (IoIC) Scotland Awards. The report, which was produced last year by the CRNS in conjunction with Redhouse Lane , has been shortlisted in the category of Best Annual Report.

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Cameron's 'Big Society' in crisis
David Maddox, The Scotsman
Date: 19th Jan 2011

 SENIOR government figures are planning a relaunch of David Cameron's Big Society vision amid concerns that the project is in crisis, Scotland on Sunday has learned.

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This is European Social Innovation - a call for inspiring stories
Young Foundation
Date: 13th Jan 2011

The Euclid and SIX networks, with the support of the Social Innovation Park in Bilbao, Spain, and the European Commission have published This is European Social Innovation - a call for inspiring stories.

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PRESS RELEASE: Big Society and Public Services: Complementarity or erosion?
PACES Empowerment
Date: 13th Jan 2011

The two main principles put forward together in big society policy – strengthening the independence of communities, and encouraging them to take over public services – are in contradiction with each other, claims a new study from think-tank PACES Empowerment

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£10m trust for social enterprises result of government cuts
Chrisanthi Giotis, Social Enterprise Live
Date: 13th Jan 2011

Social enterprises can thank the government cuts for the launch of a new £10m growth fund backed by the City, says its co-founder.

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Are we going to get a new definition of progress?
Charles Seaford, Head of the Centre for Well-being
Date: 13th Jan 2011

 The first meeting of the Measuring National Well-being Forum, convened by Office for National Statistics, met this week. Charles Seaford attended.

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Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty
The Poverty Alliance
Date: 13th Jan 2011

 Thursday 17th February is a half day event, focusing on research and knowledge about poverty and will include presentations and discussions on the latest trends in poverty, participatory research and turning evidence into action.

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Big Lottery Fund JESSICA Briefing Session – Questions and Answers

Date: 13th Jan 2011

  Big Lottery Fund JESSICA Briefing Session – Questions and Answers

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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life – review
Richard Holloway, The Observer
Date: 13th Jan 2011

 It feels irreverent, if not actually blasphemous, to question a work by Karen Armstrong. Since her book A History of God was published in 1993, she has established herself as a historian of religion of magisterial authority. 

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Scottish Community Sector Alliance
Local People Leading
Date: 12th Jan 2011

 Local People Leading is changing.   Originally an informal gathering of Scotland’s community sector networks and intermediaries, Local People Leading has taken the decision to formally constitute itself as the Scottish Community Sector Alliance.  

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Dundee FC offshoot refused charity status because of private benefit
Kaye Wiggins, Third Sector Online
Date: 12th Jan 2011

 Freedom of Information Act documents show a primary motive in setting up the charity was to allow the club to save money

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Wyler to lead 'ambitious' merged organisation
Chrisanthi Giotis, Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 12th Jan 2011

 Development Trusts Association (DTA) director Steve Wyler is to lead Locality, the new organisation that will be created by the merger of the DTA and Basssac, it was announced today.

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The house that Kibble built: jobless lads transform derelict bungalow
Lynn Jolly, Paisley Daily Express
Date: 6th Jan 2011

BUDDIE Chris Heslop has revealed he applied for 300 jobs before being given a lifeline chance by a social enterprise project.

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New GWSF Campaign
GWSF
Date: 6th Jan 2011

This is our new GWSF campaign, launched at our annual conference in Glasgow on 5 November 2010. 

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Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs by Muhammad Yunus
Rodney Schwartz, Stanford Social Innovation
Date: 6th Jan 2011

 To change the world once is remarkable. A second attempt invites deification. But Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank and pioneer of microcredit, has embarked on yet another crusade: to foster a new kind of organization, the “social business.”

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Social Enterprise Scotland Awards 2011
SSEC
Date: 5th Jan 2011

 You have less than two weeks to submit your application for the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards 2011!

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Press Release: Five Hundred Training for Work Places to be Created in Craigmillar
Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition
Date: 5th Jan 2011

 Leading Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition member, Forth Sector,  is to build an ‘employability hub’ in Edinburgh’s Craigmillar area which will create up to five-hundred training for work places for disadvantaged people in the city and up to eighty permanent jobs.

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Q&A best bits: Working in collaboration and consortia
Nick Petrie, The Guardian
Date: 5th Jan 2011

 A round up of experts advice on how consortia can deliver better services and ways you can support collaboration in your social enterprise

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Gerry Hassan and Kevin McKenna on Tommy Sheridan

Date: 5th Jan 2011

 Scotland owes a great debt to this driven man

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Whatever happened to microfinance?
David Boyle, nef
Date: 5th Jan 2011

 Once hailed as a paragon of new economic thinking, the microfinance sector has become embroiled in allegations about its practices.

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Hear, Hear for Profits
Rodney Schwartz, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Date: 5th Jan 2011

 BUILDING SOCIAL BUSINESS: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs by Muhammad Yunus

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Millionaire transforming lives of young offenders in ‘Property Ladder’ scheme
Stephen Naysmith, Herald Scotland
Date: 5th Jan 2011

 A millionaire construction boss has come out of retirement to recruit some of Scotland’s most unemployable youngsters in a bold “Property Ladder”-style scheme.

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Dr. Kim McKee at the EVH conference
Dr. Kim McKee
Date: 5th Jan 2011

 Community housing has been a real positive strength and unique feature of the RSL sector in Scotland. It is premised on respecting the knowledge of local residents; is underpinned by the values of citizen empowerment and direct democracy; and plays a key role in delivering wider political agendas around community cohesion and social inclusion.

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The poor deserve more than just compassion at Christmas
Kevin McKenna, The Observer
Date: 5th Jan 2011

 People are still huddling in one room to keep warm and going without food or presents

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