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September 9, 2015

Remembering John Pearce

The recent social enterprise census has attracted much attention, but it’s worth remembering that community business in Scotland has a long history. In the 1970’s, this emerging movement was being encouraged by the (recently closed) Community Business Scotland.  Scotland’s burgeoning social enterprise scene today owes much to the pioneering work of CBS. John Pearce, who died in 2011, was a guiding influence throughout and his seminal book, Social Enterprise in Anytown, still holds good today. I have an extra copy if anyone wants it. A lecture in John’s memory is being held next month.


Inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture and launch of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland)

On behalf of Glasgow Caledonian University and the CBS Network, it is my great pleasure to invite you to the inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture.  Willy Roe, who is Chair of the British Council on Scotland has agreed to give the lecture which will look at social and community enterprise – its origins in Scotland and its future potential.

The event will take place at the Deeprose Lecture Theatre on the Glasgow Caledonian University campus, from 6.15pm on Monday 5th October with more details attached.  Please can you register that you are coming using the Eventbrite. We would strongly suggest that you register soon as there are limited places.

We are now opening this free event up to anyone that would like to attend so I would be grateful if you could circulate the details through your networks and give it as much publicity as possible.

I look forward to meeting you all.

Best wishes


Cam Donaldson PhD and Alan Kay (formerly CBS Network)