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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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MEET Village Defense: a crime stopping, social enterprising force

MEET Village Defense: a crime stopping, social enterprising force

Have you ever suffered from a car break in?  How about a home invasion?  Ever spied some suspicious folks roaming your streets?  Well, some local entrepreneurs are crafting a solution that puts community policing powers in the hands of even non tech savvy citizens.  Village Defense is a local social enterprise- an organization using business solutions to solve a troubling social issue.  We sat down with the entire team to find out where this idea came from and what keeps them going through the long days in Atlanta’s social enterprise startup community. Tell us a little about your project: We make it very easy for neighbors to communicate with each other. We’ve noticed a major disconnect in information flow in communities from neighbor-to-neighbor, so we developed a system that allows for real-time communication amongst entire neighborhoods. When a crime takes place, it is common that no one in the neighborhood knows about it, and criminals take advantage of this ignorance. They can enter and exit at will because they...

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MEET Jason: A Youth-Empowering, Soccer-Playing Guy

MEET Jason: A Youth-Empowering, Soccer-Playing Guy

We know soccer isn’t big business in Georgia. Heck, most of us have likely not been to an Atlanta soccer game.  But for kids in need, soccer (or futbol as it is known in most parts of the world) can be a big deal.  The FEED sat down with Jason Longshore of Soccer in the Streets to find out how this sport is playing an important role in the lives of Atlanta youth.     Tell us a little about Soccer in the Streets: Soccer in the Streets produces independent young adults by building character through soccer and employment experiences.  The organization is over twenty years old, and has served over 125,000 youth across the United States.  By combining soccer training with character building and employment activities, the organization is able to engage kids at a very deep level and work with them to transform their lives and their communities. How did you get started with this organization? I grew up in Atlanta and played soccer growing up.  While...

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MEET Startup Riot

MEET Startup Riot

Atlanta seems to be a hotbed for many things these days, including startup companies.  The FEED sat down with Sanjay Parekh and Rachel Maher, the energetic folks behind Startup Riot.  One part conference, one part investors circle, one part classroom, Startup Riot is a one of a kind event providing eager entrepreneurs the chance to hone their skills, build a team and find financial backing.   And, it started right here in Atlanta! Tell us about your project: Sanjay:  We do a day long conference in Atlanta. This year will be the fifth year. We highlight a group of entrepreneurs, 30 this year. They get 3 minutes and 4 slides to present in front of a large audience of helpers and investors. It is called Startup Riot.   How did you get started? Sanjay:  In 2007 my previous startup, Digital Envoy, was acquired. I decided I wanted to give back and help other entrepreneurs. I started Startup Riot to allow them a platform to present in front large audiences....

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