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Alan Kay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded November 2014

  • Audio recording of the interview, Alan Kay.mp3, 2:26:08 hours, 81MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Alan Kay_Approved Transcript.pdf, 34 pages, 476kB

This item is an interview with Alan Kay recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in November 2014 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Alan Kay's involvement in the social enterprise movement in Scotland from the late 1980s to mid 2010s. It includes his reflections on the sector and his work with John Pearce and others for Community Business Scotland, Community Enterprise Lothian, and latterly through freelance work. Click on the 'Download audio' link next to the icon above or on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Alan’s background is in overseas development and he lived and worked in East Africa and South-east Asia before returning to Scotland in 1988. He joined forces with John Pearce, and worked with community-owned enterprises and social enterprises, firstly for Community Business Scotland as a researcher and then in 1991 for Community Enterprise Lothian, initially as a Training Officer. He moved to Indonesia to work with VSO as their Country Director from 1994 until 1997. On returning to Edinburgh he carried out numerous commissions for a wide range of clients in the statutory, charitable, public and third sector in the UK and abroad. He helped to found the Social Audit Network and continued for many years as an active Board member, acting as its Chair at one stage. In 2009 he became an Associate Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and assisted in the establishment of a Diploma and MSc in Social Enterprise. He then went on to become a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at GCU where he advised on the 5-year CommonHealth research project. He was an active tutor with the Social Enterprise Academy for over 10 years and specialised in ‘social impact’ measures, working abroad for them on several occasions. He was also is on the board of the Community Development Journal for over 20 years, much of that time as the CDJ Treasurer. Alan was a long-standing Member of the
Institute for Economic Development. Alan retired in 2018.

Kibble Education and Care Centre photograph

Colour photograph representing Kibble Education and Care Centre, Paisley. Kibble provides specialist services to children and young people affected by adversity or trauma. They provide residential care, secure care, fostering services, education facilities, employability schemes and outreach services within the Renfrewshire region.

John Pearce papers (part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland)

  • GB 1847 SECS-JP
  • Fonds
  • 1973-2010

This collection is part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland. The collection includes John Pearce's papers dating from 1976, when he moved to Scotland, until his retirement in 2010. They include correspondence, hand annotated agendas and minutes from a variety of meetings, newspaper cuttings that Pearce found of interest, training guides (some of which he created himself), and material relating to legal structures of community and social enterprises. The papers reflect Pearce’s areas of interest and expertise (such as Social Accounting and Audit), and the work of organisations that he founded and/or was a member of: Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM), Industrial Common Ownership Finance (ICOF), Scottish Co-operative Development Committee (SCDC), Commonwealth Association for Local Action in Development (COMMACT), Community Business Scotland, Scottish Community Enterprise Investment Fund. The records have been arranged into 2 series reflecting these areas of John Pearce's work:

  • Social enterprise papers, 1973-2010
  • Social accounting and audit (SAA) papers, 1977-2008

Pearce, John | 1942 - 2011 | social enterprise pioneer

Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications, 2005 to 2010

This file contains 1 folder of documents on a range of topics including the following examples:

  • Community trusts
  • Social enterprise
  • Social economy
  • 'The Observer', special report on social enterprise, 20 November 2005
  • Bryson Charitable Group
  • Demonstrating value framework
  • History of the Community Development Journal, 2006
  • Nidos, social capital profile 2007
  • Social accounts in the secondary education, December 2008
  • Newspaper clippings from 'The Guardian': special report on the social enterprise revolution, 18 February 2009; Vox pop, What next for social enterprise, 24 February 2010

Social enterprise papers

This series consists of 8 sub-series:

  • Industrial Common Ownership initiatives (ICOM and ICOF) and Scottish Co-operative Development Committee (SCDC) operational papers, 1975-1988
  • Commonwealth Association for Local Action and Economic Development (COMMACT) papers, 1988-2005
  • Industrial co-operatives related articles, reports and publications, 1973-1997
  • Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications, 1982-2010
  • Legal Structures Working Party meetings, correspondence and presentations, 1990-1999
  • Social capital related articles, reports and publications, 2000-2002
  • Training and guidance packs and presentations relating to social enterprise, 1989-2004
  • Newspaper cuttings, 1974-1997

Social Enterprise (SE) describes an organisation that trades for a social purpose, with profits being reinvested for social good.

Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications

This sub-series consists of 8 files:

  • Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications, 1980s and undated
  • Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications, 1991 to 1992
  • Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications, 1993 to 1994
  • Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications, 1995 to 1996
  • Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications, 1997 to 1999
  • Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications, 2000 to 2001
  • Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications, 2002 to 2004
  • Community and social enterprise related articles, reports and publications, 2005 to 2010
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