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27 Nov 2015

Painter in my house all last week – chaos; moving stuff put my back out – very painful. My composure is so fragile – a week in survival mode; and I thought of Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’. Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) was an American psychologist who believed that people have an inborn desire to be all they can be; he coined the term ‘self-actualised’. His hierarchy theory suggest that we are motivated to fulfil primary needs – before moving on to more advanced ones. He identifies five groups of needs in order of priority: 1) Basic physiological – food, sleep, sex etc: 2) Security – physical safety, income, healthcare etc: 3) Social – belonging, family, friends etc: 4) Esteem – self-respect, status etc: 5) Personal fulfilment – self-actualisation, transcendence etc. Primary needs always demand priority – where my head was much of last week.

Maslow’s Humanist school of psychology shifts the emphasis from all that can go wrong with the human mind (illness) – to the other end of the spectrum – those extraordinary individuals whose lives demonstrate the fulfilment of potential. Through biographical analysis of people like Einstein, Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt etc – Maslow speculates on the characteristics shared by people of great accomplishment.

In recent decades, the influence of Buddhism has greatly increased our understanding of the human potential for transcendence. Buddhists would say that if any of us ever ‘come to see things as they truly are’ – we will by then have no interest in how we compare to anyone else. Seems that ‘enlightenment’ only visits those who no longer strive for it; such is the Way.


I watched the Chancellor’s spending review speech on Wednesday and in presentational terms it was masterful; he claimed to have found £27 billion somewhere – kept unwrapping wee Xmas presents – to howls of Tory delight. But showbiz...Read more

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The SENs: Friday 27th November 2015

The SE Vision document, we hope, will help inform Scottish Govt on the direction of travel for our SE community over the years ahead as they plan a refreshed Govt Third Sector Strategy to be published in spring 2016. The document, firstly circulated earlier this year, continues to get refined – in view of the findings of the recent SE Census as well as a result of further consultations and feedback. The most recent example of this has been through a couple of sessions at this month’s SE Conference and Ceilidh which saw further feedback being received. In addition to this, Social Enterprise Scotland, in preparation for next year’s elections, is putting together a Social Enterprise Manifesto and are inviting SEs to fill in its short survey (just 10 questions) – For the Good of Everyone.


Sport SEN members are on their travels as part of a series of study visits around Scotland and further afield.  So far, 34 people - a mix of board members, staff and volunteers - from 19 organisations have visited Broxburn United Sports Club, Spartans Community Football Academy and Atlantis Leisure and they are now taking the learnings back to their own communities.  The programme continues in December with opportunities to visit Factory Skatepark on 4th December and Jesmond Swimming Pool in Newcastle on 7th December. ...Read more
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