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23 Sep 2016



I strongly disagree with the view that Jeremy Corbyn lacks leadership;  he’s certainly not interested in the media game (may not even know the rules) but he has many of the qualities prized in my favourite book – the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu: clarity of belief, patience, humility, perseverance…. wonder if he’s a Taoist. What is clear, is that during his past year of ‘failure’ – he has changed UK politics and grown Labour into Europe’s largest political party. Even separate from Corbyn however, one senses that something is on the move; all manner of disparate campaigns and protests – across dozens of themes and issues are converging into a ‘social movement’. It seems to be about young people, with fresh hope for political change, looking for a focus: Corbynistas. Indyref 2014 was propelled by this same hope.

            The Labour party was established over 100 years-ago, to defend the interests of working people (labour) against unrestricted market forces (capital). To win office, Blair and Brown gradually abandoned the core mission and values of their party; as a consequence UK social democracy is now being dismantled – particularly in England. The Corbyn uprising simply wants to return Labour to its founding principles – standing with the powerless against global corporations that threaten our very democracy. Demands for a blueprint of how the ‘restored’ Labour party would prosper, miss the point. As Václav Havel famously wrote: “Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well – but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out”.

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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 23rd September 2016

Senscot in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, Local SENs & TSI’s (Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highlands) and Highlands and Island Enterprise are organising a Learning Exchange Visit for social enterprises across the North East. The visit will take place on Thursday 3rd November Senscot, and is being hosted by Elgin Youth Café, there will be an opportunity to choose from a wide range of sessions relevant to social enterprises including - business sustainability; asset transfer; partnership working; employability, tourism; food poverty and much more. The visit is open to social enterprise operating across the area - for more information and sign up details see here.

We’ve updated our website recently with a list of useful resources related to our Partnership and Procurement support.  Over the coming months we’ll add a series of case studies showcasing examples of collaborative working and successful tendering.  If you have a particular area you would like us to focus on or if you want to share your experience and have us profile your organisation then please contact George.  Please remember that one-to-one support is available, if you have an opportunity to work collaboratively or need assistance with tendering then get in touch!

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