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05 Feb 2016

In an essay called the Lost Childhood - Graham Greene suggests that it’s the earliest stories we encounter as children which have the most impact on us. Our imaginations awaken to the promise of a world of great simplicity - in which we know all the rules. We learn, for instance, that no matter how desperate things are - a hero will arrive, brave and true, to defeat the bad guys. Some believe that humankind carries a ‘collective memory’ of this hero myth - that children are born with it.

            I’ve known my fair share of real life heroes - but have also drawn inspiration from fiction - most consistently from Philip Marlowe; Raymond Chandler’s hard boiled but philosophical investigator has been a lifelong friend. Recently, I got the notion that I’d like to own a first edition (1939) of the Big Sleep - as a kind of tribute. I posted online that I would pay up to £200; responses informed that the going rate for such is between six and fourteen thousand pounds. Wow!

            Evoking mid-century California, Chandler’s novels are beautifully written - but it’s the character of Marlowe which draws me back. Our struggle with the forces of darkness is ancient and eternal - Marlowe is a valiant warrior of light in a world of great simplicity; like our childhood heroes - no-one will ever beat him. Chandler wrote of Marlowe: “Down these mean streets a man must go who himself is not mean - who is not himself tarnished nor afraid”. Please tell me that one again, Mummy.



It has long been the vision of utopian thinkers that technology will gradually render work unnecessary - releasing us all to live more creatively.  While it’s true that technology is replacing workers - the benefits are not being shared; our world is in the grip...Read more

The SENs is the name Senscot gives to our work with Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) - both thematic and geographical. SENs provide members with opportunities for peer support, collective action and market development. The vision is of a growing community of 500 frontline social enterprises across Scotland - connected and energised through a network of Networks.

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The SENs: Friday 5th February 2016

Senscot and Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) will be attending the Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) Social Enterprise Forum at The Melting Pot next Thursday. The session is aimed at staff from Third Sector Interfaces and will focus on TSI social enterprise support in the future and what this should ‘look like’. Senscot and SES will share information and findings from Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2015 and Scotland’s Vision for Social Enterprise 2025. The Social Enterprise Academy will also attend to discuss a follow up Social Enterprise and TSI Learning Programme.



Now in its 5th year, the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs’ Programme has opened again. The package of support includes three different elements; an inspirational and practical 14 day course; a business mentor from Lloyds Banking Group; and a grant. The content of the course and the size of the grant award will vary depending on whether you join Start Up or Scale Up. Applications are currently open and applications must be received before 1pm on 21st March 2016, see more.


This week, Social Investment Scotland, launched its new Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy - funded through the proceeds from Asda’s carrier bag charge totalling around £750,000. The aim of the Academy will be to increase the availability of social enterprise products in supermarkets. The new Academy will support up to eight Scottish social enterprises to...Read more
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