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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 Marshall: music lover, social media user and game-changing guy

MEET Marshall: music lover, social media user and game-changing guy

Do you ever want more out of your relationship with the internet and social media?  So does Marshall, but he isn’t waiting around for someone to give it to him.  MEET Marshall, a music loving, social media using entrepreneur who is hoping to change the quality of games you play online.  While most game folks promote fancy graphics or crazy story lines, Marshall and his team promote creativity and positive social interaction.  We sat down to uncover what it takes to change the gaming industry. Tell us about your project: Mowgli is a social gaming company founded on the concept of connecting people through real social creation.  I looked around at the gaming industry and saw what folks like Zynga were doing with Farmville, and it seemed like for as much money as they were making, people were not getting something of much value in return.  I have been a musician my entire life and have a passion for creativity.  What if people could spend all this time playing...

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MEET Becca Posey: social enterprise supporter and destroyer of robots

MEET Becca Posey: social enterprise supporter and destroyer of robots

Have you ever noticed someone around town who seems to “do it all”? Well, meet Becca Posey.  Becca can be found leading the Atlanta chapter of Acumen Fund, hanging out with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, working as a nonprofit consultant and helping her husband fend off world-destroying robots who have a weakness for ice cream.   We managed to get a few minutes of her time for a FEED interview.   Tell us about your project: I have two projects that are doing interesting things this month.  First, I lead Atlanta for Acumen- a local chapter for the global Acumen Fund based in New York.  We are hosting a patient capital/social enterprise round table dinner party on July 27th at Malaya restaurant.  We are seeing great response from young professionals in many different backgrounds- nonprofit, for profit, public health, finance, economic development-who are coming together to learn more about the Acumen Fund.  We will be discussing social enterprise, social capital and opportunities for Atlantans to be involved...

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MEET Tirza: Bcorp owner and smart tech purveyor

MEET Tirza: Bcorp owner and smart tech purveyor

Tirza is CEO and co-founder of the social enterprise, Innovation for People.  As the first B-Corporation in Georgia, the company stays close to its name and continues to innovate  technology solutions for nonprofit and green businesses throughout the nation.  Tirza talks to the FEED about the challenge of staying true to a mission as a social business, and what inspires her to keep going in spite of the challenges. Tell us about your project. Innovation for People helps leading nonprofits and social businesses have a greater impact on the world by using smarter technology. We provide them with websites and relationship management systems that help them be more efficient in their work and their communications. Why and How did it get started? Chris, the other co-founder, and I saw the potential for social enterprises and responsible businesses to really drive change in the economy and society as a whole over the next few decades. So we wanted to start a business. We really had a sense of the name,...

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