Vital and immediate help, challenge, advice and inspiration for your business or freelance project. Take action, reflect and warm up your will power to get things done.

Welcome to  the DIAL Project. DIAL stands for Drop-in Action Learning.

What is DIAL?


If you’d like to drop-in to a supportive and helpful group conversation and walk away with a set of actions to help move you,  your current or new enterprise or freelance project forward, then read on…

DIAL offers free, yet often priceless, advice and support for you as a freelancer, a small business owner or as someone who wants to progress an idea.  

Looking for next practical steps ?

DIAL offers an informal way of getting questions answered, challenges explored and problems solved. It all happens around a cafe table, with a simple but powerful, facilitated process.

Look at the DIAL gallery to get a visual idea

The first drop-in meetings began on Monday 14th March 2011 and, since then, over 100 people in the city of Brighton, UK have benefited from DIAL. Further drop-in group sessions are always in the diary

It is really is OK to drop in. It would help us to know if you are coming and you can email us at  paul@cat3000.net.

When and Where?

Our next free drop-in DIAL sessions are in Brighton and Newhaven, UK as follows…


Watch this space for new dates.


Watch this space for venue details.

DIAL Brighton and Newhaven

Details of our next sessions will appear here soon.


Who can take part?

Anyone in the Brighton and Hove area who is serious about taking some action in their freelance work or their businesses. You can also join if you are looking to start your own business.

Feedback from current and past participants

“A real shot in the arm and a kick up the a**”
“Very motivating”
“It’s good to get advice from real people”
“It’s very energising yet very informal – I like the informality”
“I’ve taken actions that have really benefited me and by business”
“Well worth attending and the cafe setting really helps”

The DIAL team

 David Knowles has been an advisor to small business for many years and is an Associate at the University of Brighton

 Paul Levy runs his own Brighton-based business, CATS3000,  and works with businesses all over the world. He is also a senior researcher at the University of Brighton. He is the author of the book, Digital Inferno.

The DIAL Project is currently also a live research project based at CENTRIM (The Centre for Research in Innovation Management) at the University of Brighton. It was invented by Paul Levy and David Knowles.

You can find a range of useful resources on this web site. We hope you find it useful.


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