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24 Apr 2015


Several of my oldest friends and relatives are business people; they sincerely believe that the economy is founded on the likes of them, being left to make money – with minimum interference.  It seems only natural to them – that the wealth of the world should accrue to the victorious elite; Darwin’s law.  The friends I see more often though – tend to share my own ideal – of a world in which everyone has a common cause with everyone else; where all enjoy mutualised services; a society with high social mobility.  Cameron and Miliband represent only approximations of these ideologies – but in twelve days’ time, UK citizens will decide whom they prefer on the bridge – for what is expected to be a difficult voyage.  It’s a close call.

Often in Scotland I find political discourse unpleasant – comment spiteful and personalised.  Our two main political tribes – SNP and Labour – are, in policy terms, almost identical – and yet harbour a visceral hatred for each other – which spills over.  A tiny political class – a few hundred people – is poisoning representative democracy in our country.  In Norway, 1 of every 81 citizen’s stands for council elections – compared to one in 2071 Scots; a whole missing tier of democracy.  Before the year is out – we’ll be back into bitter Labour/SNP rivalry, for the Scottish Parliamentary elections.  Can we expect anyone to campaign for the rebirth of local democracy – for replenishing our political stock with a fresh citizen army?  I’m afraid our political class – both tribes - like things the way they are.



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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 24th April 2015

NEW JOB: Having piloted this initiative over the last year, Senscot is now looking to recruit a ‘Partnership and Procurement Officer’. The work, during the pilot, was successfully carried out by Joan Riddell. The post will offer practical support to social enterprises looking to work in partnership and/or in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender opportunities being presented through current public service reform and other business opportunities. You can download full application pack here. Closing date - Monday 18th May 2015.

The Social Enterprise Cultural Roundtable met this week. The theme for the meeting was ‘Scotland’s Visitor Economy’ - Riddell Graham (Visit Scotland) and Elizabeth McKenna (GSEN Manager) both attended as ‘guest speakers’. Elizabeth spoke about the collective membership to Glasgow Central Marketing Bureau and the benefits to GSEN members. Riddell delivered an informative presentation (PDF) and told the meeting that Visit Scotland’s letter of Strategic Guidance from Scottish Government includes support to social enterprise. Over coming months we’ll be exploring opportunities. Here’s a link to some further information or contact Sarah.

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