One week ahead of the Independence Referendum – Third Sector Question Time event we ask our event partners: ACOSVO, Co-operatives UK and Social Enterprise Scotland to set out their views and thoughts for the social economy sector looking ahead to 18th September. Duncan Thorp, Parliamentary, Policy and Communications Officer for Social Enterprise Scotland shares his thoughts below:
Scotland’s innovative social enterprises are taking forward a radical programme of social and environmental change across our communities. These businesses are helping to transform lives, go beyond traditional models of delivery and create a more sustainable Scotland for the long term.
How we fit into the wider landscape and the wider political and economic changes is an important question for every social entrepreneur. There are certainly many different views on devolution, unionism or independence within the community, but the key is to get beyond that debate and into the wider question of what type of society Scotland should be.
We believe in an inclusive Scotland, where everyone benefits and where the environment is put right at the heart of everything we do. These are our social enterprise values. We want the journey to a new Scotland to include social enterprises in every sector, from co-operatives, to housing associations, social firms, credit unions, development trusts and Community Interest Companies. By using these models we’re creating an urgently needed new economy and at the same time solving entrenched social issues.
As a membership organisation Social Enterprise Scotland is neutral on the referendum issue but we’re always keen to pass on information to our members from all sides of the debate, so that they can make informed decisions for their businesses. We want Scotland to be a social enterprise nation.
Read the guest posts from:
- Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations
- Co-operatives UK