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Passion for creating social change

Passion for creating social change

The Leader, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 BNest is on the lookout for those for want to make a social impact BNest is the first dedicated Social Enterprise Incubator Programme in Ireland and caters to all types of organisations from non-profits to...

by Jul 5, 2018 No Comments
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Ask&Advise – What is it about?

Ask&Advise – What is it about?

A few months ago, we organised our first Ask&Advise evening – it was one of our most successful events ever. It was helpful, positive and fun – too good to simply stop there, so we’re organising another one!   Why was it so good? Recipe was simple:...

by Apr 15, 2018 No Comments
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BNest 2018 Showcase

BNest 2018 Showcase

The BNest incubator Programme for 2017/2018 came to a conclusion with a showcase event on Tues 13th,  giving the participants an opportunity to show to the broader public the initiatives that they are developing. The diverse range of social...

by Mar 14, 2018 No Comments
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Meet Our Guest Speakers

Meet Our Guest Speakers

In addition to our participants three invited speakers will briefly speak on the challenges that social enterprises are faced with: Carmel Fox is probably best known as the driving force for almost thirty years behind Ballyhoura Development, a role...

by Mar 9, 2018 No Comments
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Meet Our Participants – Part 2

Meet Our Participants – Part 2

8 projects. 1 goal: Social Impact.  Let us present you another four of this year's participants: ODODO alleviates the barriers to mental health care for parents and guardians of children with special needs. Online courses in contemplative practice...

by Mar 7, 2018 No Comments
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Meet Our Participants – Part 1

Meet Our Participants – Part 1

8 projects. 1 goal: Social Impact.  Our showcase is approaching soon, please let us present you the first four of this year's participants: Limerick Autism Group provides socially inclusive activities for children with autism and their...

by Mar 5, 2018 No Comments
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Mindset

Mindset

"Learning moments” Every now and then each of us have what I call “learning moments” – when something at the back of your mind unexpectedly clicks into place with clarity. Usually this happens due to someone sharing their thinking with you, that...

by Dec 18, 2017 No Comments
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Guest post: Ask&Advise Evening

Guest post: Ask&Advise Evening

by Chris M Gordon On the 5th December in the BOIWorkbench Limerick, we in the Socent.ie hosted a BNest Ask&Advise night. As ever in Limerick, the audience gathered were positive and helpful, engaged and keen to see projects succeed.   What is...

by Dec 6, 2017 No Comments
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The importance of understanding your user!

The importance of understanding your user!

The importance of understanding your users At the core of BNest there are only five or so guiding principles. One is the importance of understanding your users and those that surround them. This is why we made Creative Design a core piece of what...

by Dec 4, 2017 No Comments
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BNest Ask & Advise Evening

BNest Ask & Advise Evening

Your advice can go a long way! Do you want to see how? Social enterprises are companies / projects driven by a social cause, putting social impact before profit - their goal is to create a sustainable business model, so they can bring more good to...

by Nov 3, 2017 No Comments
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Aconcagua Challenge

Aconcagua Challenge

Following on from Kilimanjaro two years past... ...I have a new climb in mind... In early January, I will be leaving for another trekking expedition, this time taking a couple of weeks attempting to climb Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest...

by Oct 19, 2017 No Comments
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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....

by May 29, 2017 No Comments
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Exploring Social Enterprise

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...

by May 27, 2017 No Comments
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Dual Journeys

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...

by May 25, 2017 No Comments
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The paths to creating change

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...

by Mar 31, 2017 No Comments
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Commercial and Social Start-ups

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...

by Mar 31, 2017 No Comments
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Guest Post: My journey has been…

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...

by Jan 11, 2017 No Comments
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What have we learnt over the year…

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...

by Dec 21, 2016 No Comments
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Offering Advice!

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...

by Nov 2, 2016 No Comments
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In praise of those who just get on with it!

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...

by Aug 12, 2016 No Comments
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Perception

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...

by Jul 19, 2016 No Comments
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Unreasonable guilt

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...

by Jul 5, 2016 No Comments
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“I have this idea, can I tell you about it?”

“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...

by Jun 25, 2016 No Comments
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Beware the Whirlwind!

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...

by Jun 21, 2016 No Comments
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What exactly is a Social Enterprise?

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...

by May 25, 2016 2 Comments
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What you measure is what you get

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...

by May 24, 2016 No Comments
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Taking help from Friends

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...

by May 23, 2016 No Comments
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Un-intended start-ups

Un-intended start-ups

If you meet many people who have started social enterprises it is surprising how many cannot tell you when they decided to start. This is not that surprising as in most cases the social business comes to find them – some would say haunt them!...

by May 18, 2016 No Comments
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