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19 Sep 2014

 

Some readers will be relieved - but others, like myself, will feel a deep personal disappointment this morning - that the Scots have chosen to remain subject to remote London rule; but I respect that this is what people have voted for - and that we must move forward on this basis - for the foreseeable future. Apart from the Sunday Herald - no newspaper - local, regional or national supported independence - but I feel no inclination to get into ‘we wuz robbed’ recriminations - rather the opposite. Let’s now move to heal the divisions among citizens; to recall the many positives of this process.

The overwhelming achievement of our referendum has been the level of engagement of citizens - 84% turnout - which has simply never happened before - a triumph of democratic participation. There is an audible sigh of relief from Westminster - but the UK political establishment has been rocked to its foundations; there will now ensue a major national conversation - towards the recasting of the British state. Scotland delivered a shock.

Many of the people who voted ‘no’ yesterday - did so because of those last minute ‘vows’ to deliver more devolution. Someone said that the future belongs to those who hear it coming. Listening to David Cameron this morning I wondered how much London understands the enormity of the shift that has taken place. If the political elite has not grasped this - history may judge that this day of ‘defeat’ marks an important advance towards the self-determination of the Scottish people. Independence discussion in this bulletin is now suspended - until further notice!

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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 19th September 2014

Senscot is hosting a Joint Thematic Roundtable meeting in Edinburgh next week at the Grassmarket Community Project.  This is the second time that the Roundtables have had the opportunity to come together following a successful event last year, see report. That event focussed on challenges facing social enterprises in their respective thematic areas. The one next week is an opportunity for us to hear progress that has been made in the past 12 months and look forward to the year ahead. It will include a presentation from Professor Cam Donaldson (GCU) on the Health and Social Enterprise Research Project and an interactive session on Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) delivered by Ready for Business, see programme.

 

Falkirk and District SEN is working with Senscot, as part of the Social Enterprise Alliance (Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and Social Enterprise Scotland), to host a Policy event on 27th October at Trinity Church.  The event will showcase local social enterprises, discuss the current local and national social enterprise landscape and the needs of the growing sector. This will also be an opportunity for Falkirk and District SEN to further develop relationships with local support partners.  If you would like more information or are interested in attending this event, contact Sarah.

 

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