Philanthropy provokes some interesting reactions. If someone has enormous wealth and they choose to give it away, it seems churlish to question their motives. But at a time when democracy worldwide is at its lowest ebb on record (Democracy Report 2020) and when this coincides with global wealth becoming concentrated within an ever smaller group of … Continue reading Just pay tax?
In January, an isolated reserve declared a state of emergency over dangerously poor housing conditions. A resident has now died – what will it take for meaningful change? “When you see these conditions on a daily basis, you start to accept it as normal,” says Sol Mamakwa, the member of provincial parliament for Kiiwetinoong. Photograph: … Continue reading ‘Beggars in our own land’: Canada’s First Nation housing crisis
It’s an annual tradition for the Edinburgh Festival or the Fringe or both to declare that once again all box office records have been smashed - thereby reaffirming the City’s right to call itself the festival capital of the world. But this never-ending growth comes at quite a cost. The explosion of Airbnb properties disrupting … Continue reading Citizen Power
Sulawesi is one of the poorer islands in Indonesia. Religious conflicts, lack of food or the danger of AIDS are only some of the local problems. The churches are fighting intensively to sustainably improve the conditions of life in their parishes. Most of the female and male inhabitants in Sulawesi live as farmers in villages … Continue reading INDONESIA: SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The Scottish Community Development Centre is working in partnership with Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University, on an EU Funded project, The Atlantic Social Lab: Atlantic cooperation for the promotion of social innovation (ASL). The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG Atlantic Area Cooperation … Continue reading Atlantic Social Lab
Over the past decade or so, significant investment has come from Scottish Government in support of social enterprise and in that time a complex array of supporting infrastructure has evolved - all of it intended to help the sector grow. At times it’s been referred to as a ‘pipeline’ of support – inferring that an … Continue reading Map reading
Elinor Ostrum is probably best well known for being the first and, to date, the only woman to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics. Her most important work, backed up by a huge amount of empirical research, was aimed at proving that communities were more than capable of taking control of their own … Continue reading Ostrum public services