Thought leadership articles from across the public, private and voluntary sector
SCVO believes that the voluntary sector is as crucial to our society’s economic wellbeing as the public and private sectors.
So we’ve commissioned thought leaders from across society to write articles to encourage debate and help us build up our knowledge and understanding to inform SCVO’s policy in this area.
We’ll publish these articles as they come in. If you’re interested in what you’re reading and would like to comment or contribute, please get in touch. Here are some of the responses we've received to these articles.
Foundation Scotland is exploring how funders can tackle the root cause of social problems instead of paying for lots of sticking plasters. Read more
Following Covid, the Scottish Government recognises the crisis role of the third sector is important, but so too is its role as a major social and economic actor in recovery and beyond. Read more
The social enterprise sector can only achieve exponential growth in economic impact through mainstreaming its products and services. Read more
Community Wealth Building could provide the practical answer to transforming Scotland's economic system, providing the third sector with opportunities to support healthier and happier communities. Read more
The third sector must help disrupt the existing growth focused economic goal to ensure social and environmental goals are achieved. Read more
No one sector is responsible for social or economic success. This article explores some of the ways the third sector is helping the business sector achieve economic success. Read more
We have never attempted to estimate the overall economic contribution of the third sector, until now. The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) explains what it's doing to paint a picture of the true economic impact of Scottish charities. Read more
Social businesses are stepping in when markets fail bringing £165m and more than 7,000 full time jobs to the Highlands and Islands. Read more
Bringing together the innovative thinking and ethos of Scotland’s incredible charities and social enterprises with the innovation ecosystem in our universities and colleges can help to spark a new wave of third sector services. Read more
It is hard to imagine how we can build a Wellbeing Economy without a flourishing third sector. But, the same applies in reverse – it is hard to imagine a flourishing third sector without a Wellbeing Economy. We need a Wellbeing Economy so that we can focus on delivering the things that make life worthwhile rather than just the things that make life possible. Read more
Nobody can argue with the social value of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, but in 2021 the charity also measured its economic value and uncovered surprising financial benefits for Scottish society. Read more
The voluntary sector – which empowers citizens, sustains wellbeing and advocates for change – is undoubtedly a super sector: striving for progress towards social, economic, environmental and democratic outcomes. Read more
The challenge of economic recovery is too big for any sector to deliver alone, it is only by the active engagement of all parts of the economy, working both at national, regional and local scale that we will be able to secure that recovery. Read more
Why is the official value of civil society so small? National accounts, the economic statistics that tell us about the overall size of the economy and how much different industries (like hotels and restaurants) contribute to it, don’t actually tell us how much the social sector contributes. Read more