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MEET Jason: all around awesome community-building coffee-brewing guy

MEET Jason: all around awesome community-building coffee-brewing guy

Have you smelled a delicious and fresh brewed aroma around Atlanta these days?  It might just be coming from one of the Batdorf & Bronson coffee houses springing up in your neighborhood.  Or perhaps it is wafting from one of the many surprise coffee parties popping up in local offices.  Or just maybe you enjoyed it while driving around the West Side near the nondescript warehouse that hides an Atlanta coffee roasting gem.  Meet Jason Dominy, Atlanta’s super caffeinated, wonderfully enthusiastic, coffee brewing fiend.  He is on a mission to make his community a better place one cup of joe at a time and we sat down to find out what fuels his passion. Tell us a little about your work: My work with Batdorf & Bronson is very broad, and everyday I’m doing something different, which I enjoy. On any given day you’ll find me organizing events, working on collaborations with local companies, doing social media, some training, and tastings with our current customers. Just whatever is needed....

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MEET Sarah: pop-up community builder

MEET Sarah: pop-up community builder

Sometimes we come across a project that is so fun and heart warming, we really want to see it replicated everywhere.  Well, that is how The FEED feels about the Build a Better Block project.  In case you missed it, this past July, in the blazing heat, 18 year old Sarah decided she was tired of witnessing problems in Atlanta and wanted to take action.  She gathered food trucks, art groups and bike enthusiasts to showcase what the revitalization of a blighted Atlanta block could look like.  It was an awesome idea and a great window into what citizens could and should be doing to move our city forward.  We sat down with Sarah to see how it came together.   Tell us a little about your project: Better Block is a community revitalization project and urban design exhibit that began in Oak Cliff, Texas. The project demonstrates how temporary streetscape improvements, bicycle accessibility, pop up businesses, local art and street life can improve vitality, create connections and generate...

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MEET Bee: girl-empowering all-star

MEET Bee: girl-empowering all-star

For many girls in America, the dream of a picture perfect prom night, complete with a breathtaking dress, is out of reach.  Bee Nguyen doesn’t think this is fair.  In fact she doesn’t think a lot of the disadvantages faced by underserved girls are fair.  In 2009 she founded Athenas Warehouse to provide prom dresses and important life lessons to girls in need.  We sat down with her to find out what keeps her going.   Tell us a little about your project: Athena’s Warehouse is a local nonprofit that works with underserved teenage girls in Atlanta high schools to promote education and empowerment.  I started the organization in 2009, originally with just a prom program that provided gowns to girls in exchange for three hours of community service.  Since then, we have started an after school program, provided scholarships, and are beginning to form our own voice through the gender equality/empowerment movement for girls. How did you get started with it? I started the organization with my sisters...

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Posted in International, Meet People

MEET Shelley: International-inventor and health-care-problem-solver

MEET Shelley: International-inventor and health-care-problem-solver

Imagine having a doctor or nurse available at the touch of a finger.  Easily being able to submit information about your symptoms within days.  Now imagine only paying a few dollars for that service.  Welcome to Sevamob, a new insurance and healthcare subscription service available in India.  The best part?  This awesome idea started right here in Atlanta!  We sat down with Shelley Saxena to learn more about his product and its possibilities. Tell us a little about what you do: Sevamob provides primary healthcare, insurance and advisory to low income consumers in India for a small monthly subscription. The service is delivered by field teams of doctor and sales rep that carry Android tablets with our proprietary mobile software which can operate with or without network in remote areas. The teams are supported by part time MBBS doctor, a 24×7 call center and a network of 3rd party service providers like Hospitals, Clinics, Pathologists and Insurance companies that pay us referral fees. We are fundamentally disrupting and transforming how...

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MEET Erin: documentary maker, music appreciator and global traveler

MEET Erin: documentary maker, music appreciator and global traveler

Most stories coming out of Africa show desperate people, extreme poverty and drought.  The real Africa is much more than this.  It is a place of extreme beauty, culture and history.  Erin Levin is out to prove this more positive Africa exists through her upcoming documentary on the African Children’s Choir, a unique organization using the power of music and cultural heritage to uplift children in need.  The choir spends much of its time touring the world showcasing the talents of its diverse young members, performing for such honored folks as the Queen of England.  Erin is following hot on their trail, camera in hand, determined to show the world what these amazing youth have to offer. Tell us a little about what you do: I am producing a documentary feature film on the African Children’s Choir. That means that I research, write, plan, fundraise, interview, film, photograph, travel and repeat.   How did you get started with it? The summer of 2007, I graduated from the University of...

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MEET PushStart: a locally-minded, intimately-crafted dinner experience

MEET PushStart: a locally-minded, intimately-crafted dinner experience

Most of us love a good meal.  And an awesome dinner party at someones house? Hard to beat.  That is the idea behind PushStart Kitchen, a kind of underground restaurant serving up goodness a few times a week at the Goat Farm.  Not only do you get a delicious and hearty helping of local produce (grown on-site!) but you get to spend a night in Cristina and Zach’s wonderful loft with some soon-to-be friends.  This couple team is supporting local agriculture and a new type of networking, one where strangers share an intimate experience to break down barriers.  We visited their space and got a peek at what happens behind the scenes. Tell us a little about what you do: We serve weekly dinner parties for 16 people from our home kitchen at the Goat Farm.  We focus on the organic overlap between the Latin American kitchen and the American Southeastern kitchen.   How did you get started with it? We owned a restaurant in Costa Rica that we...

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