In this episode I chat to Nick Gardner, one of the founders of Project Dirt, which is the UK’s most active network connecting and resourcing grassroots community projects.
We talk about all kinds of things from the business model of Project Dirt, through to why community is so vital, and how Project Dirt is supporting the people taking active steps to improve the environments around them, and celebrating the people who are doing little things in their communities but might not be able to shout about it themselves.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How Project Dirt started as a very local project in South London and has now grown to support over 3,000 projects all around the UK
  • Why community projects and community businesses are so important
  • What community business is
  • How to recruit and inspire your local community to get involved in projects
  • Some of the challenges currently facing community enterprise, and how Project Dirt is helping it’s members to overcome them
  • How to make more good stuff happen in your local community

If you’re short on time and just want to dive straight to the juicy stuff, I’ve collated ten of Nick’s top tips for community business into this blog post here 🙂

Useful links:

Project Dirt

Outdoor Classroom Day

Offline Festival

Power to Change

Edinburgh Tool Library
004 – Sharing tools and building futures with Chris Hellawell from Edinburgh Tool Library

Repair Cafes

Work with Dirt

033 – Create a Livelihood that Matters

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, and any experiences you have of community projects and community business. Do drop me a line on, and if you’re interested in finding more about how I can help you to move your ethical or community business forwards please do e-mail me on the same address and we can hook up for a chat 🙂