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Laurence Demarco interview audio recording and transcript, recorded December 2014

  • Audio recording of the interview, LDM_Oral History Interview_2014.m4a, 1:18:20 hours, 112MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Laurence Demarco_Approved Transcript.pdf, 14 pages, 311kB
    This item is an interview with Laurence Demarco recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in December 2014 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Laurence Demarco's involvement in the social enterprise movement from 1976 onwards, from setting up a community enterprises in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, to the founding of Senscot in 1999 and his future vision of community enterprise in Scotland. Click 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.

Laurence Demarco graduated in 1973 with a Diploma in Community Work. He worked for Lothian Regional Council as lead community worker in Wester Hailes from 1976 to 1990. During that time he helped set up the Wester Hailes Community Workshop, neighbourhood councils and a number of community owned businesses, such as the Wester Hailes Land and Property Development Company. He then worked as a consultant from 1990 to 1999, before founding Senscot in 1999 as a network for social entrepreuneurs to share their knowledge and experience. By 2014 Senscot was an important support organisation for social enterprise in Scotland, with a network of over 4,500 members, a regular bulletin and a vital role in setting up the Scottish social enterprise support infrastructure.