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BNest Advocacy & Activism workshop explores paths to social impact

Pictured at the launch of the BNest Advocacy & Activism Workshop taking place on Tuesday, October 16, at The Hunt Museum are Kasia Zabinska, BNest, Tracey Lynch, CEO Tait House Community Enterprise, Bernadette Kenny, Bluebox, Linda Ledger, St Munchin’s Community Centre, Gert O’Rourke. Centre Manager UL Nexus Innovation Centre, Eamon Ryan, founder BNest (back), Chris Gordon, CEO of the Irish Social Enterprise Network and Richard Lynch, I love Limerick. (front). Picture: Luke Culhane/ilovelimerick.

BNest Advocacy & Activism workshop explores different paths to social impact

BNest – the first social enterprise incubator in Ireland, is inviting people curious about different ways of making a positive social impact to a workshop titled “Activism & Advocacy as Tools to Create Social Impact”, on Tuesday, October 16, at The Hunt Museum.

The host for the BNest Advocacy & Activism workshop – Pauline Gannon, BNest Contributor, and Women’s Rights Advocate explains, “Those who work in the area of social impact, in whatever capacity, seek to shift attitudes and initiate change. Generally, advocacy and activism are tools that are used to create social and political change, but what is the relationship between the two and which tool is the right one for you?




This relationship will be explored in a public talk, supported by two other inspirational guest speakers and significant contributors to social impact in the Limerick – Linda Ledger and Marie Richardson.

Linda Ledger is the driving force behind St Munchin’s Community Centre in Kileely. The centre has had an active role in promoting and developing community involvement since its establishment in 2005 and runs many social enterprises. Linda says,” “We aim to be an approachable, energetic, motivating and developing group who will assist our community to develop a sense of pride and reach its full potential. Our aim is to achieve this through supporting development within our community, networking, identifying and responding to needs and issues. We aim to enjoy what we do.”

Marie Richardson – a Social Worker, Educator, Manager, and Innovator, is about to move from the constraints of formal employment into the explorations of life as a Third Age Feminist and aims to “rock the boat and challenge the emperor’s choice of clothes”. Devoted to the human condition, its strengths, and frailties, Marie describes hope and a belief in our capacity for change in difficult circumstances to be at the core of her work. “This is the engine that motivates my recent ‘Finding Voice’ initiative and provides the bedrock to my advocacy”, Marie adds.

Eamon Ryan, founder BNest guarantees it will be an interactive, explorative evening, “At the BNest Advocacy & Activism workshop we will delve deeper into the theories and real-life workings of Activism and Advocacy within the area of Social Enterprise and Social Impact. You will walk away with a clearer understanding of both tools and a greater sense of which is the right tool for you, your goals and your passions.”

The BNest Advocacy & Activism workshop takes place Tuesday, October 16 at the Hunt Museum from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm in the Exhibition Gallery downstairs at The Hunt Museum and is a free event. All are welcome.


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.