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That nasty word “viable”

That nasty word “viable”

“that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” Alfred Tennyson’s poem ‘Ulysses” may seem an odd way to start a blog about viability. Viability, in most...

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Exploring Social Enterprise

In previous blogs we have mentioned the variety of motivations that bring people to social action. While almost everyone is in some way unique they are usually a blend of some different traits. There is the motivation simply to act where the alternate is personally...

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Dual Journeys

As we plan for the September 2017 programme we reflected back on some of the learnings we took, not only from the programme itself but also the selection process. Commercial space In the commercial space we have always visualised a start-up as a journey of discovery,...

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The paths to creating change

All social enterprise has an element of change at its heart. But change can come in different ways. The root of change is a desire to “right the wrong”, “give voice to the voiceless”, “to do good” in some way for society as a whole. Those that advocate and desire such...

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Commercial and Social Start-ups

As we reflect on the end of our first BNest programme we have absorbed several important lessons. Probably the chief of those is that in social, much more than in commercial, there are two parallel journeys – the enterprise journey and the personal journey. While much...

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Guest Post: My journey has been…

by Suzanne Roche, founder of Limerick Gateway to Education Rewarding and challenging My journey regarding setting up within the charity sector as a social entrepreneur has been rewarding and challenging. Back in 2012 it was very much an all systems go for social...

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Guest Post: Being part of the social enterprise…

by Liam Fleming, founder of Siul Eile, Walking Programmes Personally rewarding Being part of the social enterprise space in Ireland is personally rewarding although there is also definite frustration at how social enterprise is rolled out in Ireland. Being a volunteer...

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What have we learnt over the year…

As we approach the end of 2016, it is always a good time to reflect on lessons we have learnt over the year and thought I would try to reflect on what that has meant in terms of BNest. Firstly, it is the confirmation of the degree of passion by which people...

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Offering Advice!

Last week I was at a meeting where people were talking about how to enable business advisors to give meaningful support to social enterprises. I found myself, although speaking at the event, a tad disconcerted by the idea, although initially unsure as to why. Advisor...

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In praise of those who just get on with it!

We have now finished our information evenings and are working our way through those that have applied. This we shall complete and announce the September group by Aug 28th. However, one thing is very clear from both - those we have met through the information evenings...

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Perception

The 2nd most boring class I ever encounter in the various courses I have been on was one on “perception”. Indeed to this day, I can recall all the imperfections in the breeze block wall behind the person giving it. It was pretty brutal. The irony though is that years...

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Unreasonable guilt

There is nothing much that can be said on the woeful Console story filling the airways. There is enough already of an unseemly scramble from people and organisations who might have been in a position to stop it sooner to make sure no accusing finger points in their...

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“I have this idea, can I tell you about it?”

BNest got a lovely mention in Pauline Gannon's Facebook post. Thank you Pauline! FINALLY we have a program that will get more of us out there creating a wave of change that is needed in this world of ours!! Have you heard about BNest??? Do you have an idea that you...

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Beware the Whirlwind!

Everyone can feel it There is an ad for a US consultancy firm which talks about being paralysed by the whirlwind of daily activity. We have often used it as a video clip to see the reaction among a group. Regardless of it being a start-up or a multinational the...

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What exactly is a Social Enterprise?

There is almost a small industry grown up on defining what a social enterprise is. Some are short and snappy, some take paragraphs and there are even some definitions that claim there is no such thing actually as a social enterprise anyway! The positive of this is you...

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What you measure is what you get

Once, sitting around a table, back in the corporate world, I was one of a bunch of people looking at the recent changes in the performance of the business. As there were big changes occurring we were all interested. However, it slowly became clear that of the same...

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Taking help from Friends

Volunteers are not always free! One big difference between a commercial business and a social business is the dependence on voluntary contributions by people of their time and effort. In every start-up people depend on those around them in the early stages, for...

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