Article originally posted on LinkedIn.
For too long, the construction and labour industry has been looked at as the loud, traffic-causing and stress-inducing industry that is a nuisance to our commute and communities. It’s such a shallow and surface-level look at what the hardworking men and women in our industry do every day to build and feed our world.
Construction is responsible for the advancement of our world, after all. Every sustainable or green improvement, technological advancement in a city or improvement to your community all comes back to construction. The industry is full of technological advancement, innovative design, machine invention, creative planning, and so much more. The people are so full of passion for their jobs and embody the worth-ethic that is ingrained in construction.
We are so tired of the stories from this industry staying hidden from the world. We believed that it was time to change the narrative that surrounds this industry.
From my own experience, I knew that it’s more difficult to find someone in construction that doesn’t have an interesting story than someone who does. Whether it’s about overcoming the stereotypes around the job, building up a contractor business from scratch or using technology to solve a problem in the industry, construction is full of interesting people with awesome stories.
DirtStories was created with the goal of finding these stories, digging up the hidden gems and sharing them with the world.
About a year ago, the DOZR team started traveling around North America to connect with contractors, operators and business owners within the construction and technology industries. We started our travels in Calgary, Alberta and the DirtStories podcast launched officially in February 2020.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, DirtStories has actually helped us to connect with contractors more than ever. We have learned about the new technologies helping to keep contractors safe during the pandemic. We chatted with Joe from Floatr, an equipment transportation company, about how he actually adapted and grew his business. We learned about the importance of mental health, both in the industry in general but especially during times of drastic change and uncertainty – like now.
Exploring Construction Technology and Hearing from Tech Founders
The 21st century has brought with it a technology boom. Construction is not immune to these changes. The other purpose of the DirtStories podcast is to help explore the technological side of construction and to break down these changes in a clear way.
As a tech company ourselves, we know that it can be overwhelming. But there are great products out there that are drastically improving safety, efficiency and production in the industry. We really want to help our listeners understand these changes and find technology more approachable.
We’ve had the founders of cool apps like Soil Connect and Trade Hounds that are helping contractors work smarter and more efficiently to connect with contractors and complete jobs. We’ve broken down the Internet of Things, the importance of Data and even the term “construction technology” itself.
The Value in Sharing Stories
What I love most about these interviews? We start each and every one of them by hearing how our guests got involved in the industry.
Many of the stories began with a family connection. Some just knew that they needed to be in a job that involved working with their hands. All of them are so passionate about the lifestyle that comes with being in construction. After all, it really is a way of life.
We’ve realized that for every story we hear, there’s 100 we don’t. It’s reignited the desire to talk to as many contractors in as many different stages of their careers as possible.
This is where we need you.
The very purpose of this podcast is to dig up the hidden gems in the industry. The best way to really uncover these stories is to lean on this vast network that exists within the industry. So, I ask you for your help.
We Want To Hear From You
If you or someone you know has a Dirt Story to share, we want to hear from you! It doesn’t matter who you are or where you work.
Is there a topic or question that you have about the industry? Let us know and we will do our best to find someone to break it down and give some answers.
This journey has been amazing but we are far from done. I am confident that we are only scraping the surface of the stories out there – we are just getting started!
Comment below, or send the DirtStories team an email at DirtStories@Dozr.com if you have a story to share.
Explore past episodes of DirtStories here or find us by searching DirtStories on Spotify, Google Play or Apple Podcasts.