Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Success Story of the #Crisalidas Program in #Medellin #Colombia; from Victim to Entrepreneur

A Success Story of the #Crisalidas Program in #Medellin #Colombia; from Victim to Entrepreneur

Medellin, Colombia, Vancouver BC- Investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors including Latin America reports on its recent trip to Medellin Colombia. Staff reporter, Madelyn Forsyth met with some of the local entrepreneurs of the Crisalidas program in Medellin. It was created to strengthen and promote the marketing of different products and services developed by the victim population as part of the process of care and support.  A shining example of the program, Adriana Restrepo, tells her story of transformation.

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*       Adriana Restrepo in front of her items for sale

There are many ways to recycle unwanted materials. Typically it gets sorted into the correct bins and away it goes.

Adriana Restrepo saw it a little differently. In 2012 she began to manufacture her own notebooks, coasters, key chains and more. All of these out of different material that would have otherwise been disposed of.

Restrepo obtained the help of a program called Crisalidas (http://crisalidas.com.co/). The program was established to help those who have been displaced from their communities. They are there for people who have either witnessed or experienced the unimaginable and help them adjust to different ways of life.

Some people in the program had had their cities attacked by gorilla forces making their homes unsafe while others had witnessed violent acts. All of them are able to come and use the program to help them get back on their feet.

Restrepo witnessed one of the most terrible acts imaginable. While she was pregnant with her son, her husband was murdered in front of her. It’s hard to imagine waking up the next day after such an ordeal, let alone pioneering a business solely based on saving the earth and giving back.

The passion she has behind her product is what helps her business thrive. While visiting the Crisalidas program she apologized for not being able to show the international media many of her products. An apology unnecessary since the reason behind her not having product to show was because she had sold out of every item she had in stock. So she made do with showing us the purse she uses herself as well as her product notebook, both bound by recycled car tires.

So far her business is still gaining traction. She takes part in trade shows in different areas and also teaches some classes to those wanting to create something with their own hands.

Giving back. When the world wanted to take so much from her, Adriana Restrepo saw a way to benefit herself and the world.


Madelyn Forsyth for Investorideas.com


In 2001, the Council of Medellín, through agreement No.73, authorized the mayor to create an institution to seek international cooperation. Hence, in June 19, 2002, in accordance with Article 95 of Law 489 of 1998, was constituted the International Cooperation Agency of Medellín (ACI) as a result of a partnership between public entities: Medellin Mayor’s office, Empresas públicas de Medellín, Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley and Empresas varias de Medellin.
ACI Medellín @acimedellin

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

San Javier - Casa Kolacho; a Turning Point in Medellin Colombia

San Javier - Casa Kolacho; a Turning Point in Medellin Colombia

Graffiti vs. Gangs, Art vs. Violence - a Formula for the Future of Comuna 13

Medellin  Colombia, Vancouver BC- Investorideas.com , a global news source covering leading sectors including Latin America reports on its recent trip to Medellin Colombia. Staff reporter, Madelyn Forsyth shares images and insight on the transformation of Comuna 13 and how art is playing an integral role.

For certain parts of Medellin, the saying “there’s nowhere to go but up” rings true more than most. San Javier is one of those places. Comuna 13 has a violent past riddled with Guerrilla armies and gangs. They are the home of “Operation Orion,” where government military groups stormed the community in an effort to rid them of the guerrilla army which had taken up residence in their streets. “Operation Orion” was considered a success for the military but for the civilians it was a different story. The individuals in San Javier said going from the gorillas to the army was just replacing one evil with another. Over a decade after Orion and San Javier still has its troubles but similar to the rest of Medellin the turning point has been made.

Casa Kolaccho has been working in Comuna 13 for just over a decade acting as a kind of Boys and Girls club for those in need of it. Named after their friend, Héctor Pacheco “Kolacho,” who was murdered, they use his name to focus on hip hop, rap and graffiti art rather than the violence they have been surrounded in. The group helps channel almost any emotion into art; an art each individual can make a living off of.

Those organizing the group said one of the hardest parts of getting people involved was getting them to see past the area they come from. Those born and raised in San Javier had a reputation of being a part of the violence simply because of the place they were from. Together, they organize concerts and have worked with touring artists like Beyoncé to bring the art of music to the community.

They have worked hard to gain a productive reputation in the community among the people residing there. In doing so they have built a relationship with the young people.

Casa Kolacho worked hard to help kids see the potential they can achieve. They needed to know gang life wasn’t the only viable option for them.

Even as the years go on more and more gang members are seeing the impact the group has on the community. Gang members themselves are now striving to get out of the life they originally chose and into something more fulfilling.

In the spirit of entrepreneurship, Casa Kolacho has done wonders in connecting the hard-done by community of San Javier. People growing up in Comuna 13 know they are able to give back to their community on a greater scale. In doing so they are able to contribute to the economy in Medellin and if they really aim high; the world. 

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Family in Comuna 13 (San Javier) Medellin Colombia  



The boys of Comuna 13 (San Javier) Medellin Colombia  


Comuna 13 (San Javier) Medellin Colombia - Casa Kolacho is responsible for 90% of the graffiti in Comuna 13



Graffiti as a backdrop in Comuna 13 (San Javier) Medellin Colombia

Madelyn Forsyth for Investorideas.com

In 2001, the Council of Medellín, through agreement No.73, authorized the mayor to create an institution to seek international cooperation. Hence, in June 19, 2002, in accordance with Article 95 of Law 489 of 1998, was constituted the International Cooperation Agency of Medellín (ACI) as a result of a partnership between public entities: Medellin Mayor’s office, Empresas públicas de Medellín, Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley and Empresas varias de Medellin.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Congress at #Medellin, #Colombia; #GECGlobal @GECGlobal

Global Entrepreneurship Congress at #Medellin, #Colombia; #GECGlobal @GECGlobal
A city of Entrepreneurship and Hope
Medellin, Colombia, Vancouver BC - Investorideas.com reports on the recent Global Entrepreneurship Congress held in Medellin Colombia and an overview of the ‘New Medellin’ the world had the opportunity to see.    
Just over ten years ago, Medellin was one of the most violent cities in the world. Now, they have hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and were able to show off how they plan on changing people’s view of their city.
In Medellin the population is leaning more towards a world title of “entrepreneur” rather than the well known “drug trafficker.” So far, they are on their way to succeeding.
This years GEC helped showcase the talent the government and ProColombia are trying so hard for the world to see. They pulled out all the stops but they were very careful to not hide the fact they still had far to go.
David Sierra from Ruta N, established in Medellin to promote innovative technology-based businesses, said they still have more to overcome but they have to be proud of what they have achieved. Many different programs have been set up in order to catapult the rising tech sector in Medellin. From establishing their own entrepreneurs to helping start up companies build a following in their city.
Programs like Parque E have been set up to encourage entrepreneurship. Universities offer programs connected to Parque which provides the space, the help and the network for individuals to launch their product. The building is set up as a kind of library for businesses. Marque provides the space and the connectivity while business owners bring their own computers and printers etc.
Patricia Fuel, Director of Parque E, says companies establishing themselves in their building are also able to outsource different products from other companies also starting out. For example, if a company in the cubicle next to you does website design and your company needs a website, voila, connections made and a job completed.
The Landing Program, established by Ruta N has a little bit of a different feel to it. Same idea but instead of working with mostly university students or young entrepreneurs, the Landing Program provides assistance to companies coming from out of country and wanting to establish a home base their in Medellin. Similar set up as Parque E since the Landing Program provides an “office” type work space and the connectivity minus the kind of hand-holding you can find at Parque. Only because most of the companies using the Landing Program are typically established in some way or another and just wanting to set up roots in a different area.
Overall, Medellin is well on their way to building their new reputation. One that doesn't coincide with the one “Narcos” has shown to over 3.2 million viewers.


 Directory of Landing Program, Ruta N

Global Entrepreneurship Congress http://gec.co/ GEC Global @GECGlobal
Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 160 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world. At the weeklong GEC, delegates make connections, gain insights, learn about new research, and leave ready to renew their programs, policy ideas or firm founder skills.
Madelyn Forsyth for Investorideas.com
In 2001, the Council of Medellín, through agreement No.73, authorized the mayor to create an institution to seek international cooperation. Hence, in June 19, 2002, in accordance with Article 95 of Law 489 of 1998, was constituted the International Cooperation Agency of Medellín (ACI) as a result of a partnership between public entities: Medellin Mayor’s office, Empresas públicas de Medellín, Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley and Empresas varias de Medellin.
ACI Medellín @acimedellin
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Thursday, March 03, 2016

New Social Media Newswire Service Includes #Hashtags for Key Words and $Cashtags for Stock Symbols In Headlines

New Social Media Newswire Service Includes #Hashtags for Key Words and $Cashtags for Stock Symbols In Headlines 


March 3, 2016 Vancouver BC, Point Roberts WA- Investorideas.com a digital global news source covering leading sectors announces its recently launched social media friendly newswire service.

The revamped press release service can now publish news headlines with #Hashtags for key words and $Cashtags for stock symbols.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Oscar-winning Director Martin Scorsese Congratulates Chad A Verdi on his Sam Spiegel Independent Producer Award from the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival

Oscar-winning Director Martin Scorsese Congratulates Chad A Verdi on his Sam Spiegel Independent Producer Award from the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival

Verdi Talks ‘Bleed for This’, ‘Silence’ and His New Psychological Thriller

NEW YORK, NY; POINT ROBERTS, Washington - March 2, 2016 - Investorideas.com, a global investor news source covering leading topics and sectors including sports and entertainment, releases an exclusive Q&A  with entrepreneurial movie producer and businessman Chad A. Verdi of Rhode Island.
Mr. Verdi discusses his latest Sam Spiegel producer award, Martin Scorsese and his upcoming films.


Interview: 
Q: Investorideas 
Chad you were recently awarded the Sam Spiegel producer award.  Can you tell us about the presenting event and the significance of the Sam Spiegel award that you received?

A: Chad A. Verdi 
It's pretty cool that the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is ranked as one of the Top 10 Festivals in the United States.  RIIFF is a qualifying festival for both the Short Narrative and Documentary Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).  There are only 6 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England.  Just being mentioned is the same sentence with the great Sam Spiegel is a huge honor. Winning the Producer of the Year Award from Flickers is one of the highlights of my career in film.  I also want to thank Steven Feinberg for all his support over the years.

Q: Investorideas 
Chad, what are your thoughts on seeing the surprise congratulatory videos from Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Pamela Thur at the Oscar-night awards ceremony?

A: Chad A. Verdi: 
It was a great surprise and a HUGE honor to have Marty, Emma and Pam send their best wishes to me on awards night. Words can't express my gratitude. 

Q: Investorideas 
Any update on the timing of the release dates for Bleed for This, the upcoming American biographical drama based on the life of former World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza and Silence?  (Silence -from director Martin Scorsese, starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield , set in the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity).  Is it still looking like around the fourth quarter for both films?

A: Chad A. Verdi 
Yes, at this time I would say the fourth quarter of 2016 would be correct, but as everyone knows in this business, things can change in a split second.

Q: Investorideas 
Anything new going on in Verdi Production these days?

A: Chad A. Verdi 
Yes a lot!  We are looking at acquiring several films at Cannes and Toronto this year. We also want to release our film ‘Yellow’ later this fall. The big news for Verdi Productions involves a psychological thriller film that we have in development that’s slated for a 2017 start date. Tom DeNucci is the director and co-writer of the film. Some of the names we’re thinking of include Johnny Depp and Scarlett Johansson. It’s a very exciting time for all of us.

Investorideas
OK, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule for us Chad. 

Video: Oscar-winning Director Martin Scorsese Congratulates Chad A Verdi on his Sam Spiegel Independent Producer Award from the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival




Verdi Productions www.verdifilms.com
Verdi Productions is a fully-funded film production company located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, with additional satellite offices in Edgartown, Massachusetts, New York City and LA. The company pursues all aspects of filmmaking - carrying projects from concept through postproduction. 

Verdi Productions is redefining how films are made on the East Coast. Unlike other film productions that come to the Northeast, Verdi is establishing itself as a fixture in the Rhode Island community. Verdi Productions does not operate on a project-to-project basis, but instead functions like a west coast studio, with established offices, full time employees, and a continuous stream of product. 

Stay updated by visiting our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bleedforthis or https://www.facebook.com/verdiproductions

Chad A. Verdi, Award Winning Producer at IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3838148/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Chad A. Verdi on Linkedin.com 



Chad A. Verdi Producer, Bleed For This,Silence
President, Verdi Productions with Oscar-winning Director Martin Scorsese 

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Chad A. Verdi Producer

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CHAD A. VERDI wins the Sam Independent Producer Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival