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25 Jul 2014

             Strolling around North Berwick recently – I keep noticing wee green memorial plaques on the walls of houses – so I make enquiries.  Recent research has found it seems – that in the 30 years between 1894 and 1924 – 120 young men and women left East Lothian – to take the game of golf all over the world; from this list, 45 have been honoured with a heritage plaque – to celebrate where they hailed from.  If 120 from East Lothian – how many from all Scotland; Europe and America will soon contest the Ryder Cup; these young hopefuls took our game to both continents.  The ability of Scots to prosper in other lands is undisputed - but I wish we could keep more of our young people.

            Watched Kirsty Wark’s programme about ‘Scotland’s Art Revolution’ – where I learn that Glasgow’s art scene is vital enough to match the pull of London or New York; and that it attracts international artists to live and work in the city.  The programme credits the influence of David Harding – who founded the Environmental Arts course at Glasgow Art School; and whom I remember from his work with communities in the 70s and 80s.  I enjoyed reading this lecture of Harding’s – his take on Scotland’s remarkable artistic flowering.  He’s surprisingly muted about the Scottish arts elite – who wouldn’t give community arts the time of day – forcing him to leave the country to get work.  But it seems that the baton has been successfully passed to a new generation of artists – young people who show no inclination to leave.  See, http://www.senscot.net/view_art.php?viewid=17759

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 In the lecture/essay linked above – David Harding of Glasgow Art School shares his personal understanding of the factors which contributed to the remarkable success of the Glasgow art scene.  He considers...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 25th July 2014

The summer months tend to be reasonably quiet on the SEN front and can give us an opportunity to reflect on developments/changes etc. A notable development this year has been the significant increase in SEN membership - up by around 100 (17%) to 670 SEs engaged with local or thematic SENs. What do we attribute this to?  The increasing level on activity and connectivity of local SENs; the increased profile afforded to SE at a national level; an increase in joint working, particularly between the thematic and local SENs; the impact of support programmes such as Just Enterprise; greater engagement with TSIs. With statutory agencies - Govt, the BIG Lottery, HIE, EU - all developing longer term strategies to support the third sector, it is clear the SENs and their members have a considerable contribution to make. See more.

 

This week Diane our Sports Coordinator attended the Beyond the Games - Living the Values event which focused on three main themes that are at the heart of the social development legacy for the Games: - Humanity - Equality - Destiny. It brought together over 200 international influencers from sport, business and the civic realm as agents for innovation and change.  With some commitment behind this it should lead to an increased recognition and role for sports social enterprise sector in Scotland.  Link...Read more
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