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Build Your Tribe BNest workshop at Mr. Taits Café promotes community engagement

BNest ‘Build your Tribe’ workshop took place at Mr. Taits Café at Tait House Community Enterprise at Collins Avenue. Picture: Baoyan Zhang/ilovelimerick

Build Your Tribe BNest workshop at Mr. Taits Café promotes community engagement

BNest – the first social enterprise incubator in Ireland invited people to a community engagement workshop titled ‘Build your Tribe’ at Mr. Taits Café in Tait House Community Enterprise and the event was a great success.

BNest is an initiative created specifically to support social entrepreneurs and nurture their start-ups and caters to all types of organisations from charities to businesses with a social conscience.

The ‘Build your Tribe’ workshop was for people involved in a social enterprise, not-for-profit, community projects or for people raising money for a cause close to their hearts who want to build a community around that cause.  All of the participants came for the evening workshop to explore and discuss different ways to build and sustain their tribe.

Accompanied by warm food and hot drinks, every speaker introduced their incubating skills and inspiring experience with the audience.

“The intention of the event is to get involving discussion and to share what they have done on their business,” said Eamon Ryan, founder of BNest.

Kasia Zabinska from BNest was the first speaker to share her own opinion in what it means to build a tribe. The second speaker was Jennifer Murphy, a marketing expert who’s currently working on a community initiative in Castleconnell said that she would present some community engagement principles and offer various practical techniques for creating and sustaining a network of volunteers, advocates, and institutions around ideas to maximise the social impact.

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Pictured are Eamon Ryan, founder of BNest, Jennifer Murphy, Castleconnell, with Tracey Lynch, CEO of Tait House and Kasia Zabinska, BNest. Picture: Baoyan Zhang/ilovelimerick

Kasia then joined Jennifer to outline approaches that can be used to communicate and influence others.

The event was free and opened to all. After two talks, it was followed by an open panel discussion. People that were interested in learning more about the concept and those who already have the experience joined and shared their insight at the event.

Talking about the venue for the “Build Your Tribe” event, Kasia said, “The venue we picked for this community engagement workshop is special – Mr. Tait’s Café in Roxboro Rd is a social enterprise, so customers can enjoy delicious food while also supporting members of the local community. This event is one of our open monthly events which have huge success in offering outreach and support to the Limerick community.”

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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.