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21 Oct 2016

Sitting outside a café last Sunday in Edinburgh’s George Street – watching a young chap handing out leaflets; he gives one to a 40-year-old, beer belly, bus driver who walks on reading it. Suddenly I experience a ‘revelation’ of the ‘truth’ of this incident – it’s vividly clear that no outcome is necessary – that it doesn’t matter what the bus driver does or thinks – the incident is complete and perfect in itself. More – it is all necessary and inevitable as part of an unfolding plan to help me achieve harmonious unity as a person – everything is exactly in place. After a few seconds, this ‘unveiling’ ends just as suddenly – but I`m as certain of it as I am of anything.

            These glimpses of ‘beyond’ – where everything is ‘just so’ – visit me once or twice a year – for no reason I know. I’d like to believe that they indicate a soul (psyche) which has reached an advanced stage of growth – but that is not possible in my case; nae chance. I’m a shamefully impatient person – angered by trivia – far from the spiritual goal of equanimity – far from the Buddha’s smile. Humanists say that this world is all there is; people of faith, that there must be more; in old age, I am content to agree with both positions. As a regular walker in woodland, I’m aware that occasionally, for a few seconds, we are blessed to hear the story of the universe - the way it tells its story – not as perceived by humans.


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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 21st October 2016

As a member of the Scottish Community Alliance, Senscot, can access the Community Learning Exchange (CLE) Fund for SEN members. We are currently coordinating three CLE visits over the coming weeks. On the1st Nov, we head to the Fife Employability and Training Consortium (ETC) - an example of organisations working successfully together to deliver employability services in Fife. On 3rd Nov, a Joint Thematic SEN Learning Exchange in Elgin will provide a space for in-depth discussion; strategic thinking; making broader connections; sharing good practice; and developing ideas and/or new pieces of work. Finally, on 7th Nov, we head to Liverpool to visit Can Cook to learn from theirenterprising and sustainable approach to tackling food poverty. All costs for the visits are covered but numbers are limited - further information and booking via the links above.

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