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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 suddenly explains...

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Mindset
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Guest post: Ask&Advise Evening

by Chris MM 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...

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Guest post: Ask&Advise Evening
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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 we do - aiming to...

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The importance of understanding your user!
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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 local (or global)...

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BNest Ask & Advise Evening
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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 mountain outside the...

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Aconcagua Challenge
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Top 7 Invaluable Lessons on Motivation

During the 10 years I have been working with SME’s and individual clients, motivation has come up time and time again. It can be the difference between achieving your goals and desires, never quite getting there, or worse still, giving up completely. Get your...

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Top 7 Invaluable Lessons on Motivation
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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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That nasty word “viable”
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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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Exploring Social Enterprise
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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...

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Dual Journeys
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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...

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The paths to creating change
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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...

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Commercial and Social Start-ups
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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: My journey has been…
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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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What have we learnt over the year…
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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....

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Offering Advice!
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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...

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In praise of those who just get on with it!
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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...

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Perception
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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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Unreasonable guilt
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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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Beware the Whirlwind!
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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...

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What exactly is a Social Enterprise?
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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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What you measure is what you get
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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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Taking help from Friends
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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! Usually the person has...

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Un-intended start-ups
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