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Statement from the Firstport Board

Date: 30th Jun 2011

 After three and a half years with Firstport Norman Hill is moving on to pastures new.

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Blog from Pat Kane

Date: 30th Jun 2011

 How about encouraging and training those in communities like Onthank to do their own mediating of their life-conditions - giving them the power of recording, editing and dissemination, letting them evolve their own norms of quality, topic and relevance?

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Neal Lawson Compass Conference Speech 2011

Date: 30th Jun 2011

 In a few weeks time we will start the process of electing a new management committee for Compass. Just in case I’m not elected – and as seems the fashion - this is the speech I would have made if I’d won!

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Update on You've been Trumped

Date: 30th Jun 2011
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200th Anniversary of Telford's Inner Harbour
Wick Paths Project
Date: 30th Jun 2011

 Please find details of the 200th Anniversary of Wick harbour, the Wick Paths Project have been organising. We will have 8 panels unveiled on the 13th July  at 3.30pm  by John Thurso MP showing the history of the town. 

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Road to an enlightened version of people power
Ruth Wishart, The Herald
Date: 30th Jun 2011

 Sitting on a commission is about finding how little you know in the company of the better informed.

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Scottish Government signs off new Community Jobs Scotland project
Senscot
Date: 28th Jun 2011

The Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition (SSEC) and SCVO have jointly announced that the Scottish Government has signed off the new Community Jobs Scotland project. 

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Ed Miliband insists Labour party is for the grafters
Patrick Wintour, The Guardian
Date: 23rd Jun 2011

 Miliband highlights pay inequality audits to shame greedy executives and dismisses leadership questions as tittle-tattle

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The Big Society Investment Fund
Big Lottery Fund
Date: 23rd Jun 2011

 While the Big Society Bank is being set up we’ve been asked to distribute up to £5 million raised from dormant bank accounts, to realise some early benefits and provide a springboard for the future. You can find out more about the Big Society Bank and dormant bank accounts on the Cabinet office website

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New ways of financing social outcomes
Geoff Mulgan
Date: 23rd Jun 2011

 Geoff Mulgan, in the attached presentation, begins to critique what lies behind the rhetoric of SIBs.

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Building the Good Society: add your voice to the debate

Date: 23rd Jun 2011

I wanted you to know that over 600 people have now registered for the Compass conference Building the Good Society. This means we have less than 300 places left with 12 days to go.

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Social enterprise film company wins NHS Scotland preferred supplier status
mediaco-op
Date: 23rd Jun 2011

 NHS Scotland has  picked Social Enterprise film production company mediaco-op a preferred supplier of films for DVD and the web.

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The Story of Becoming a Modern Scottish Men: Part One
Gerry Hassan, Scottish Review
Date: 17th Jun 2011

 I am a Scottish man and I think we have a problem. There is the familiar story of Scots men behaving badly – drinking, being violent, committing crime, harming others and themselves. We have the worst health and life expectancy for men in Western Europe, and shameful suicide rates for men.

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The Story of Becoming a Modern Scottish Man: Part Two
Gerry Hassan, Scottish Review
Date: 17th Jun 2011

 First, my father took voluntary redundancy from NCR in 1978. He was for a period of six months unemployed and went on a government-training centre course. This involved him fine-tuning his arithmetic and maths skills to a level I was well past, so I was able to assist my dad’s tutoring.

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Social enterprise figure 'is too high', says researchers
David Ainsworth, Third Sector
Date: 16th Jun 2011

 The Government figures for the number of social enterprises in the UK is not accurate

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PRESS RELEASE: Big Lottery Fund launches new investment for Scotland's Community Spaces

Date: 16th Jun 2011

A groundbreaking fund allowing local people to come together to shape their neighbourhood, opens for business today (14 JUNE) across Scotland.

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Catch up with Craig Campbell

Date: 16th Jun 2011
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Working towards a Scottish research agenda for the ‘Community Anchor Approach to Empowerment’

Date: 15th Jun 2011

 The Community Alliance has been supporting an academic with his PhD research. The theme of his research is ‘A Community Anchor Approach to Empowerment’. This is an extract of his early research. We believe that this research will help to encourage a wider understanding of the role played by community anchors. 

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Just Enterprise

Date: 15th Jun 2011

 We are pleased to announce, the new Scottish Government contract for Business Support services for Enterprising Third Sector Organisations has been secured by the Just Enterprise consortium. 

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Ed Miliband insists Labour party is for the grafters
Patrick Wintour, The Guardian
Date: 15th Jun 2011

 Miliband highlights pay inequality audits to shame greedy executives and dismisses leadership questions as tittle-tattle

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The role of the Big Society Bank in growing the market for social investments
Charles Adriaenssens – Head of Financial Services at Ipsos MORI for Money Marketing
Date: 15th Jun 2011

 The term ‘social investment’ refers to the range of products that provide a benefit to society, as well as an investment return. By their very nature many of these products are risky and a return of capital is not guaranteed – as they invest in social enterprise. 

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Leader: The government needs to know how afraid people are
Rowan Williams, New Statesman
Date: 13th Jun 2011

 We are being committed to radical, long-term policies for which no one voted.

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People powered change? An issue of transparency
Richard Caulfield, Chief Executive, Voluntary Sector North West
Date: 13th Jun 2011
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Big Lottery Fund awarded nearly £25m to solicited bids since start of 2010
John Plummer, Third Sector Online
Date: 13th Jun 2011

 New figures show more than £11m was given to Social Finance and £4.5m to the Big Lunch

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Glasgow Housing Association Secures £1.3m Loan from Ethical Bank
Triodos
Date: 13th Jun 2011

 Long-established Glasgow registered social landlord  Yorkhill  Housing Association Ltd has secured a £1.3m loan from Triodos Bank. Finance from the bank has enabled  the housing association to purchase and develop vital social housing in Glasgow's West End.

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Local councils in England predict increase in asset transfers
David Ainsworth, Third Sector Online
Date: 10th Jun 2011

 Community centres, phone boxes and cemeteries are among those now under control of community organisations

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Steve Burgess: Capital's economy can cash in with an Edinburgh Pound
Scotsman
Date: 9th Jun 2011

 There has never been a better time to invest in creating a local currency, says Steve Burgess

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Does a business need to be a social enterprise to be socially responsible?
Lawrence Tomlinson, Guardian Professional
Date: 9th Jun 2011

 Social entrepreneur and Sunday Times Rich Lister Lawrence Tomlinson tells us how any company can generate social good

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Bryson – Social paradigm
Agendani
Date: 8th Jun 2011

 Bryson’s Chief Executive, John McMullan, discusses social enterprise with Owen McQuade and points out its potential to change Northern Ireland’s economy and public services.

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SoLoCo

Date: 7th Jun 2011

SoLoCo, launching later this summer, brings to you a brand new way to fund community change using the collective power of crowdfunding. 

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Are you a trailblazer project? Need funding? Join our crowd
SoLoCo
Date: 7th Jun 2011

We are looking for projects to pilot our new crowdfunding platform, SoLoCo, which will be launching in the summer. 

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Future of sport
Scottish Government
Date: 3rd Jun 2011

 Sport Minister Shona Robison today pledged a new fund to support community ownership and management of sport facilities, the creation of at least 100 Community Sports Hubs and continued moves towards two hours PE for schoolchildren.

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Banking on the 'big society'
Jack Graham and Jon Huggett, Guardian Professional
Date: 2nd Jun 2011

 Social enterprises need more than a bank to really solve this country's toughest social problems

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Statement from the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition

Date: 2nd Jun 2011

 Having led the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition for the past 5 years, Antonia Swinson, Chief Executive, is moving on

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Raising our Game? - SFHA Community Regeneration and Social Enterprise Conference

Date: 2nd Jun 2011

Ahead of the May elections, the Scottish Government hurriedly published a regeneration discussion paper called "Building A Sustainable Future".

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Housing associations could lead public service reform
Foster Evans
Date: 2nd Jun 2011

 The Christie Commission’s review on the future of public service delivery is expected to be published in June.

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Outcomes are 'easily manipulated' in payment-by-results contracts
Niki May Young, Civil Society
Date: 1st Jun 2011

 Social value is expensive and difficult to measure and results could be easily rigged by organisations applying to gain or retain contracts, according to speakers at the 3SC Commissioner's Seminar at County Hall yesterday. 

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New firms put in the melting pot
Edinburgh Evening News
Date: 1st Jun 2011

Social enterprise centre The Melting Pot is to run a new business start-up programme. The scheme will support ten people from the Lothians to set up a social enterprise. Participants will be offered a programme of seminars, visits to successful social enterprises, and be able to access up to £6000 of grant funding.

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