Networks1st Update: 5th September 2008

The Social Enterprise Fringe Forum got off to a great start with a debate on the Social Enterprise Mark developed by RISE in South West England as an identity for social enterprises, and the pros and cons of not sitting on the fence any more. This was followed by a ‘knowledge cafe’ event with conversations on SROI, community led regeneration and asset management, the importance of learning to improve outcomes and recycling and international networking. The day ended with a party at the Bongo Club. Ronnie Mackie of the Ecology Centre in Kinghorn, Fife (www.theecologycentre.org) won a bottle of local Glen Kinchie whiskey for the Business Bingo networking event.Apart from the Fringe, the Social Enterprise World forum was the main focus of activity this week in Edinburgh. It got off to a flier at the Castle where John Swinney once again showed his appreciation for social enterprise. The weather behaved and the foreign guests experienced spectacular views from the ramparts. Delegates heard from the good and the great such as Scotland’s Mel Young and Nigel Kershaw of the Big Invest (www.biginvest.co.uk). An underlying theme throughout the event echoed the system change that Mohummad Yunus is calling for in his book “Creating a World without Poverty”, which argues for nothing less than the total eradication of poverty http://www.grameenfoundation.org/yunus_book/excerpt.phpWith the Social Enterprise Forums over we now look forward to November 20th and the Social Enterprise Ceilidh at New Lanark. This will be the 4th Social Enterprise Ceildh and we’re please that RBS are once again involved along with the Scottish Government Third Sector Division. The format will include the likes of the Dragon’s Den and the Soap Box Challenge. We’ll be sending the booking forms out next week but get it in your diary now, Social Enterprise Day 20th and 21st of November.Dates for Your DiaryMidlothian SEN, 9th of Sept / Fife SEN, 12th Sept. / Clacks SEN, 16th Sept. / Inverclyde SEN, 18th Sept. / Aberdeen SEN, 26 Sept. / Edinburgh SEN, 30th Sept. / Coalfields SEN 30th Sept. / Networks Rep Meeting in Dundee on 25th of September / Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 20-21st Novemberhttp://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.php