Good for Nothing is a community of thinkers, do-ers, makers and tinkerers applying their skills and energy to accelerate the work of cause-led innovators and change-makers.
It’s about diverse groups of people collaborating together, working in new, faster, fun and better ways to help social ventures solve challenges and get things done.
Good for Nothing’s approach is based on collaboration, experimentation, learning by doing and self-organisation – supporting grassroots innovators with skills they could never normally afford (such as web design, marketing and business development) – for nothing.
It tackles the challenges that social ventures face collaboratively – on and offline – through gigs (4 to 24 to 48hr ‘hackathon’ style events) and on its website.
There are a number of ways for volunteers to get involved – a good place to start is by getting stuck into a challenge at one of its upcoming gigs or socials.
Since its launch in 2010, the Good for Nothing team has built up the web platform as well as an online toolkit, training camp and resources to support the launch of new chapters – both in the UK and overseas.
In 2013, the organisation hosted Camp Nothing – a three-day event which brought together 50 prospective chapter leaders from across the UK to show everyone how to set up Good for Nothing in their own neighbourhoods.
Following the event, Good for Nothing launched 20 new chapters in 2013 in the UK, and five internationally – with more on the way.
Award and follow-on funding
Good for Nothing was awarded £100,000 in the first round of the Innovation in Giving Fund to build a web platform to enable the giving of time and support before, during and after their events, expand Good for Nothing across the UK and to develop an open source toolkit and training approach for new chapters.
Good for Nothing was later awarded an additional £75,000 to help fund the training camp and resources for new chapter leaders, to expand the organisation across the UK and overseas and accelerate the growth of the movement.
The organisation has also been supported by UnLtd, which has provided seed funding for new chapters.