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Social innovation in action Part Two: Fab Labs
Social innovation takes many forms. One of the most revolutionary is the Fab Lab movement which sets out to transform not just communities, but the entire manufacturing industry.
Care crash - change course or face disaster
Care provision could soon collapse. Scope highlights some of the problems facing an independent sector that is facing rising demand and shrinking funds.
Social Innovation in action: The Clare Project
Social Innovation is the new big thing for the sector. But there’s a problem. Although it is a very simple concept its proponents are so fond of jargon that few understand what it is all about.
Widening the gap: Education department policy discriminates against migrant children
Pamela Yeh has returned to Northern Ireland after eight years abroad to face the nightmare of the school transfer tests …
Why apathy remains an enemy: democracy still functions, if only just
Northern Irish political progress has three gears - slow, stop and reverse - but even though it was killed by a Petition of Concern, the latest marriage equality vote in Stormont shows the public can still force change.
What each of the new government departments will do
The Fresh Start agreement outlines how the new government departments will be structured in Northern Ireland. For the benefit of our readers here is that section in full …
The end for LGBT? Why trans issues should be separate
Transgender support and rights charity Focus, the Identity Trust, speaks with Scope about why treating the issues it deals with alongside lesbian, gay and bisexual matters is wrong.
Northern Ireland's mental health crisis: is the worst yet to come?
Northern Ireland has the highest incidence of mental ill health in the UK and yet spends less on its prevention and treatment than anywhere else.
Hamilton's health reform: Mission Impossible?
Health Minister Simon Hamilton is throwing himself into reform of the health service: but is this mission impossible?
Shameful, scandalous, time for an independent inquiry
Scope editor Nick Garbutt on Northern Ireland's "Dickensian" prison.
Frances Black: addiction is toxic, it wants to destroy everything it can
Scope speaks with Irish singer Frances Black about her work as an addiction counsellor and the founder of RISE, a support group for the loved ones of those with addiction, which follow on from her own battles with alcohol.
Equality, austerity and the threat of violence
If people lose faith in what society offers then violence can rear its head. Scope looks at recent efforts from the Equality Coalition into whether there is a risk of a Troubles relapse as the public purse tightens and our economy splutters.
Should charities be forced to pay rates?
Finance Minister Arlene Foster has just opened a consultation on the rating system that could have significant implications for charities here.
How to get funded by the Big Lottery
There will be winners and losers in the sector when the Big Lottery’s new strategy People in the Lead is rolled out, Scope reports.