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06 Oct 2017

More than strong leaders – I believe that powerful political narratives shape our society – in my lifetime, two in particular: 1) The Social Democratic story rescues the world from a self-serving elite – which has captured the wealth and the political systems. Ordinary people will reclaim and re-invest power in a democratic state – attuned to the common good: 2) the Neoliberal story rescues the world from the collectivising, overmighty state – which crushes freedom and individual opportunity. Through the free market – heroic entrepreneurs will deliver wealth – which will trickle down to everyone. At different times – one or other of these philosophies has captured the public imagination; that humankind has advanced through our extreme competitiveness - or the opposite - that it’s our urge to co-operate that's spectacularly unusual.

            Now that Corbyn is the bookies' favourite to become the next PM - we can expect the defining debate about state ownership to gain momentum. But a new 'nationalisation' needs to acknowledge 'localisation' - the human scale organising and collaboration in neighbourhoods around the country. In a recent article, George Monbiot advances a ‘story’ about reviving community around the places where we live; neither the market nor the state – but around a great neglected economic sphere: the Commons. Local resources owned and managed by community enterprises; a vibrant participatory culture – making decisions to ensure that local wealth is shared by everyone. Monbiot calls this the Politics of Belonging. It’s easy for me to embrace this ‘story’- because it happens to be where I pitched my tent many years ago. Still here.



There has been widespread criticism of the violent reaction of the Guardia Civil to peaceful voters in Barcelona and it is difficult to predict how things will play out over the weeks and months ahead. So far, the people of...Read more

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 13th October 2017

Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is kick starting their roadshow with a trip to Aberdeen on the 30th October.  P4P Roadshow event will be, delivered jointly with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Shared Procurement Service. The event is a fantastic opportunity to speak to the team about the range of services P4P offers, learn about the changes for supported business and find out more about the ‘refreshed’ RfB Third Sector Register.  During the session, you will hear about the impact of the sustainable procurement duty and the Councils’ commitment on supplying to the public sector including - how procurement processes can be used to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the local area, deliver community benefits and value for money. Register here.


Join Social Firms Scotland at their AGM and seminar exploring how social enterprises can deliver more person-centred outcomes for people with significant barriers to work. Hear from Social Firm practitioners about the work they are doing to support people furthest from the labour market, the PSP approach to employability and the opportunities for Supported Businesses under the broadened definition. Take a look at the draft programme and book your place here.


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