Community ownership in a digital society

Common Futures is “a modest new venture working with the public, private and third sectors to explore and kick at the boundaries of the community ownership landscape”.

With tangible opportunities for communities to contribute to and benefit from our digital society, the sector should be campaigning (and taking action) on how science and technology can be made to serve social justice, according to this Locality news item http://locality.org.uk/blog/nurturing-digital-society/. Or go direct to Common Futures website http://commonfutures.eu.

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Big and small should join forces to scale up innovation

Two Fellows of the Clore Social Leadership Programme have produced research which suggests that large charities and housing organisations can develop social innovation and improve their effectiveness by working to ‘scale up’ the innovations of smaller organisations and individuals.

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Guide to joint bidding in Wales

A ‘Joint Bidding Guide’ has been produced by the Welsh Government, the Wales Co-operative Centre and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. Aiming to help organisations/businesses work together to form consortia to increase their capacity, the guide provides a comprehensive package of practical tools to help buyers and suppliers identify the benefits and make joint bidding work.

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Entertainment licensing deregulation

The government has a consultation about changing entertainment licensing via a Legislative Reform Order, amending the Licensing Act 2003 so that certain entertainment activities in defined circumstances no longer need a licence. This is to implement deregulatory measures set out in a previous consultation response in January 2013.

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Support for looked after children and care leavers

National Children’s Bureau, as part of the Children’s Partnership, is carrying out a brief survey of voluntary and community organisations involved in supporting looked after children and care leavers. It covers the challenges facing organisations, perceptions about the state of local support and priorities for improvement, as well as seeking examples of innovative practice.

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Data protection and personal devices

The Information Commissioner’s Office is warning organisations that they must make sure that their data protection policies reflect how the modern workforce are using personal devices for work. This follows Royal Veterinary College breaching the Data Protection Act when a member of staff lost their camera, which included a memory card containing the passport images of six job applicants.

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