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Cultural Action for Social Change
Big Bang Lab
Date: 28th May 2010

Creator of the Cultural Social Responsibility concept, Sergio López Figueroa is the director and founder of Big Bang Lab, a cultural-social enterprise and creative development agency working from consultancy to production and creative learning, actively promoting cultural heritage as a means towards sustainability and socio-economic development.

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The new politics needs a realignment of the mind. It needs Caroline Lucas
David Marquand, The Guardian
Date: 28th May 2010

 Tarted-up neoliberalism won't cut it. The great question of our time isn't the deficit, but halting the capitalist merry-go-round

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The Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts (Scotland) Order 2010 (draft)
Third Sector Divison, Scottish Government
Date: 27th May 2010

Scotland's estimated share of the DBA funds is estimated to be around £12 million in the first year, £12 million in the second year and £1.5 million year-on- year thereafter.

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Building Social Business: Capitalism That Can Serve Humanity
Muhammad Yunus
Date: 27th May 2010

Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and, with his Grameen Bank, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, has developed a visionary new dimension for capitalism which he calls “social business.”

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Public Asset Transfer: Empowering Communities
DTAS
Date: 27th May 2010

The broad aim of the programme is to increase the flow of assets into community ownership. It aims to do this by encouraging and supporting local authorities and community groups both to gain a wider appreciation of the benefits and risks associated with asset transfer and by developing an understanding of the processes involved. In this context, asset transfer can range from disposal at full market price or for a nominal amount and can also include long leases.

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The Big Society: How Could it Work?
Gabriel Chanan & Colin Miller
Date: 27th May 2010

The idea of ‘the big society’ became part of national political debate in the course of the 2010 national election campaign. This is an important development irrespective of the rest of the political package. 

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Seven Principles of Social Business
Yunus Center
Date: 27th May 2010

Seven Principles of Social Business

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Yunus poised to move Grameen Scotland forward in July
Social Enterprise Live
Date: 27th May 2010

 Muhammad Yunus – who set up Grameen Bank to tackle poverty in Bangladesh – will take part in new talks about Grameen Scotland this July, he said last night.

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How can we encourage people to give time to their communities?
Tris Dyson, Guardian Blog
Date: 26th May 2010

 Time credits could transform civic engagement in public services and rebuild active vibrant communities, says Tris Dyson

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From the beginning to the end of Neo-Liberalism in Britain
Mike Rustin
Date: 26th May 2010

 The financial crash that brought the era of neo-liberalism to an end has now led to the formation of a novel coalition in Britain after 65 years of single-party government.

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Highland Council Approves Plans for Inverness Campus
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Date: 26th May 2010

 The Highland Council conditionally approved plans by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to develop phase 1 of the Inverness Campus at Beechwood, East Inverness, today (25 May 2010)

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Community land trust support body to be set up
Regen.net
Date: 21st May 2010

Plans have been finalised for the establishment this year of an independent support body intended to represent the needs of local bodies across England that own or manage land or assets for the benefit of the community.

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Greener Leith

Date: 21st May 2010

Established and managed by local volunteers, Greener Leith is dedicated to making Leith greener in every sense

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‘In crowd’ names revealed as Hurd makes first social enterprise visit
Gemma Hampson, Social Enterprise Live
Date: 21st May 2010

The full list of those attending the Big Society meeting at number 10

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Government puts Big Society at heart of public sector reform
Cabinet Office
Date: 20th May 2010

A new era of people power at the centre of the new Government has been announced today by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

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Nick Hurd appointed Minister for Civil Society
Cabinet Office
Date: 20th May 2010

Nick Hurd will be the minister responsible for charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations in the Cabinet Office, following an announcement today by the Prime Minister’s office. He will be known as the Minister for Civil Society.

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How should we judge Gordon Brown, this decent, complex, flawed leader?
Will Hutton, The Observer
Date: 20th May 2010

The former prime minister was a politician of extraordinary ambiguity – a friend of the poor who did much for the rich, and a democrat who feared elections

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ResPublica launches blueprint for David Cameron’s Big Society
ResPublica
Date: 20th May 2010

The Venture Society’, a flagship report from ResPublica's Civil Society and Social Innovation Unit, was launched at the SHINE UnConference on 13th May 2010.

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The Plunkett Foundation

Date: 14th May 2010

The Plunkett Foundation promotes and supports co-operatives and social enterprises in rural communities worldwide.  We provide support, networks and knowledge to help rural communities to be aware of, understand and implement practical solutions to the challenges that they are facing.

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Coalfields Charity Launches £75,000 Search for Social Entrepreneurs in East Ayrshire
Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Date: 13th May 2010

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has launched a £75,000 search to identify would-be social entrepreneurs in East Ayrshire’s mining communities to give them a golden opportunity to turn their dreams into thriving businesses.

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A Hung Parliament - what does it mean for the Community Allowance?
Naomi Alexander, CREATE Consortium
Date: 13th May 2010

It's incredibly difficult to predict what the outcome of ongoing discussions between the political parties will mean for any area of policy, let alone one as contentious as welfare reform

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Council services in our hands
Peter Hetherington, The Guardian
Date: 13th May 2010

With its thousands of volunteers, could the National Trust provide a model for running local parks and libraries as town halls face financial meltdown?

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Bike scheme for asylum seekers is saddled with success
Frederika Whitehead, The Guardian
Date: 13th May 2010

A project is empowering refugees by teaching them how to repair unwanted bicycles for their own use

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Make Your Business- Dream Come True
Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Date: 7th May 2010

Would-be social entrepreneurs in East Ayrshire’s mining communities have a golden opportunity to turn their dreams into thriving businesses, thanks to a £75,000 project funded by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.  

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Save the Lloyds TSB Foundation

Date: 7th May 2010

For 25 years the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has invested in and supported communities across Scotland. Now it is our turn to support the Foundation.

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Community Allowance scheme stalls
David Ainsworth, Third Sector
Date: 6th May 2010

Create Consortium fears new government would scrap employment project

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Update from SiSE: Students into Social Enterprise
SiSE
Date: 6th May 2010

A further update regarding the launch of SiSE: the new student placement directory for Social Enterprises in Scotland.

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Social enterprise: staying vigilant in the spotlight
Peter Holbrook, Social Enterprise Coalition
Date: 6th May 2010

While it is truly a milestone to have social enterprise in all major party manifestos, we must not forget that no matter what the outcome of the General Election, social enterprise is not and never will be a political construct

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Why co-operatives are cool again
Lisa Bachelor, The Guardian
Date: 6th May 2010

All the main parties want workers to co-own and run public services as social enterprises, but advocates warn against seeing them as a way to cut costs

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When you vote on Thursday, don't forget Clapham Park
Polly Toynbee, The Guardian
Date: 6th May 2010

The estate where I lived is testament to Labour's highs and lows. But all that is good here is bound to fall victim to Tory cuts

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