Networks1st Update: 28th November 2008

This Monday, social entreprenuer and Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunis gives a lecture at Glasgow Caledonian University on his view of the world’s economy. Leading Scottish social entrepreneur Mel Young, a founding Sencot member, magaged to get over 80 places for Senscot members to attend this important event. This lecture by Yunis comes at a time which may be the best window of opportunity the social enterprise sector has ever seen. Professor Yunis believes in a mixed economy where social enterprise would play a major role . He says “They are two different categories of companies — there will always be businesses whose primary goal is that of earning as much money as possible. That is okay. But earning as much money as possible can only be a means to an end, not an end in itself. One has to invest money in something meaningful — and I would make a case for it being something that improves the quality of life for all people.” It promises to be a great day out. For more info on Grameen Bank and Muhamad Yunis www.grameen-info.orgFeedback from those who attended the Ceilidh in New Lanark last week has been very positive so far. We have already heard from a couple of organisations who formed links during the `Speed Trading` and hope to trade with each other in the near future. We’ll be sending everyone who attended a feedback form in the next couple of days. In the meantime, if you formed any links that may result in trading or partnership working at the Ceilidh, please let Anna know, anna@senscot.netAs you know Senscot’s application to the Lottery to support the development of the LSENs has been successful. We are intending over the next couple of months to talk with people about how to get the most out of the Networks. Next LSEN Reps meeting will be an important opportunity to do this and we hope that we will see a good turnout. The date for the Reps meeting is Friday 16th of January here at Senscot’s offices at 54 Manor Place. Please get in touch and let us know if you are able to make it and any thoughts you might have on making the LSENs stronger. https://senscot.net/?viewid=7700Network NoticesThe Scottish Government has launched a new portal where all contracting opportunities for the public sector can be found in future and where you can find the information on the latest procurement project for promoting and supporting Public Social Partnerships. Check the site regularly for opportunities that could be of interest to the social enterprise sector https://senscot.net/?viewid=7694Aspire to Enterprise are running several free seminars on crucial aspects of social enterprise activity throughout December;Costing and Pricing Services for Social Enterprises, Glasgow Opportunities, Wednesday 17^th December, 9:30am – 12:30pmMarketing for Social Enterprises, Melting Pot, Edinburgh Tuesday 16^th December, 9:30 am -12:30 pmSo you want to run a community café? Out of the Blue, Edinburgh Tuesday 9th December, 9:30am to 4:00pmCommunity Benefits in Procurement, Glasgow Opportunities, Tuesday 2nd December 9:30 am to 12:30 pmRegister you place online at http://www.aspiretoenterprise.org.uk/seminar.asp or contact John HughesDates for Your Diary http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.phpDumfries & Galloway SEN, 28th November / Health & Community Care SEN, 4 December / Coalfields SEN, 9th December/ Tayside SEN, 16th December / West Lothian SEN, 9th Jan 09 / LSEN Reps Meeting, 16th Jan 09