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24 Oct 2014

 At the barbers - awaiting my turn - chap ahead catches my attention; my age but a more distinguished presence - used to being obeyed. When the barber says his name I recognise it - a retired (and knighted) captain of industry. Reminded of once being in the company of Alex Ferguson - in his Man U days; same commanding presence - with an edge of ‘don’t mess’. Over the years I’ve met several such alpha males - they have a kind of ‘forcefield’ around them.

 During much of my life - this was the model of leadership I understood and respected - but not now; I no longer believe in heroes - or that we become enlightened by imagining ‘figures of light’ to follow. As Buddhists say - the human experience is essentially one of anxiety - for which there is no enduring solution; all we can do is try to make our own darkness conscious - and soldier on. By doing our best each day - for ourselves, our work, those we care about - we can bring meaning to our story.

 This philosophical ground is beautifully covered in Leonard Cohen’s ballad ‘Anthem’: “ring the bells that still can ring - forget your perfect offering - there is a crack - a crack is everything - that’s how the light gets in”. Cohen’s gift is to observe that great leaders and perfect solutions are illusions - that whatever wisdom we attain - comes to us through the cracks of our own failings; through the ‘brokenness’ of things. I find this a very hopeful message. (Leonard Cohen discuss Anthem http://www.senscot.net/view_art.php?viewid=18178) 

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The SENs: Friday 24th October 2014

This week, the SEN Co-ordinators met in Dundee, hosted by Dundee SEN. As always, there was a full agenda with sharing information and ideas across the SENs as well as some lively discussion on a number of specific issues that have and will have an impact on the SENs, their members and the wider social enterprise community in Scotland. These included the SE Code; the participation of SENs and their members in the development of a new SE Strategy for Scotland; as well as the ongoing issue of the consistency and level of financial resource dedicated to supporting social enterprises through the Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs). Senscot plans to continue working with VAS, TSIs, SENs and Scottish Govt to see how this situation can be improved. We will be discussing these matters further at our up-and-coming SE Conference and Ceilidh. For more, contact Kim. 

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