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We've got to -- half hour in store for you this show is called solution America.
And if your joining us for the first time this is a program that attempts to look at issues that are facing Americans everyday stuff you know not necessarily that.
-- -- -- -- issues although we do talk about some important stuff as well.
But just everyday stuff that we all have to deal with and our lives and we introduce you to people out there who have come up with.
Ways to try to help us.
Get through those issues.
Problem solvers if you will also it's a nice positive -- half hour I'm logged into the chat so feel free to send along any comments or questions you might have.
At the end I'll ask you to send me any story ideas because a lot of people out there -- done this.
Letting us know that's -- -- today's programs gonna focus with three different issues ways to report problems in your city wherever you live.
Ways to stay safe and to use your cell phone to -- got a cell phone these days ways that you can use your cell phone in the event of an emergency.
Not just to call.
First responder but also to get certain information to those people once they arrive.
To help you with whatever that emergency incident finally ways to meet people people like yourself people with common interest.
Wherever you live so without further ado let's talk about the first issue fighting any easy way to report problems.
In your city the solution and online platform called public stuff which connects people.
To city services where -- wherever they are Lily Lou is the founder and CEO of public stuff -- you can find them on Twitter at -- dot com.
Nice to meet you really things -- coming again.
-- -- for having me OK so public stuff what kind of public stuff.
Sound public -- businesses -- online based and mobile that allows you to report.
Anything that affects your data daily lives and he's -- what -- meant that things that you might not notice that are happening.
But that are really the infrastructure behind how a city operates -- garbage getting picked up noise complaints graffiti -- potholes he's the kind of things where.
If they're working fine you never noticed them.
But that they are garbage and get picked up you noticed it and then we make it easy for either -- those issues.
So a lot of times is something on -- and you don't want to call 911 could just not that kind of an emergency the kinds of such that you were laying out is not necessarily.
-- needs to be attended right away but at the same time when you're living in -- community.
And there's graffiti up on -- wall for example that you wanna have clean and I know we have a picture showing sort of an example -- this actually happens -- but he used your site.
Two reported graffiti problem.
Absolutely out -- these are the kind of things if people can.
Use their phone wherever they are -- seeing as she snapped a photo and cement at the phone -- geo locate you let's see you don't even have a Smartphone.
You can text sitting you can call the toll free number you can go online reported.
-- now a lot of cities.
New York where we are Philadelphia I know because we were discussing I visited there are some family recently they have 311 service -- so these are these are city.
Provided services people can call 311 on their phone for.
Non emergency type of questions are situations that they want to report.
Your service complements that are it's in place of that or what.
-- a great question so we can do both in the city Philadelphia for example we complement.
The -- -- one system so in addition to be able to call the city's 311 hot line you're also able to do self service which is what we -- buying this city.
To be able to -- you can go online or use anywhere Smartphones to be able to do it.
And text message today and now for some -- easy use our system solely for managing non emergency service -- Qwest Communications south.
For some cities.
-- power their phone solution then and their back and -- solutions what.
Oh -- and I guess this is all done for the software but how do you guys know.
-- a direct.
You know a certain message we're text or email to.
You -- so we when we set up the city we actually do a lot of logic programming on the back and it self service for this city that they can say hey when you -- -- that's -- how it's going to Joseph and public works so.
-- triage into his workflow Q and he'll be able to manage his work -- Throughout the week.
We're talking with -- lose the founder and CEO of public stuff.
This is a a program that's as sort of an online platform that allows people.
To contact the local officials wherever they live around the country and speaking of wherever they let.
How how old how -- sort of blanketed RU when it comes to though because the country how many cities are you are.
-- for you although we're already had over 200 cities in the US and the nice thing about our system is.
His city doesn't have to actively be signed up you can live anywhere in the US and we guarantee -- we -- report something on our platform.
Well delivered to the right person in the city that needs to now how do you do that.
So we have a team it's a small but strong team located here in New York City and what we'll do is well actually do research to figure out hey who city is responsible for dealing with this issue.
And will hand deliver that message over to this city staff.
You you provided us with some information these are folks I guess who work in different cities where you're located -- talked about how important it is.
To be connected with public stuff and how -- technology has allowed.
The city the government the local governments have really connect with residents in a way that they might not have been able to before.
Right it's really helping them get a pulse on what's happening in the community and I like to talk about it as if it's.
An inventory of what exists what's what's good and what's not so good in the city right now and it really helps -- eyes and ears of everyone in the community.
Beyond this city staffs are really making everyone a participant in improving our neighborhoods.
Where can people find public stuff you were is it an apt -- -- had a lot of people go on them.
So you can go online public stuff dot com to report things online hurry if you search for public stuff than any of that iPhone or android Blackberry -- -- -- able to find -- and down under -- And people -- if their interest in and they want to get this information to.
Let's say it's a city where you are not currently.
You know sort of coordinating efforts with local officials is there wait for people to try to make that connection say hey I live then.
-- -- you've got to be great you know yeah.
That's a great -- email us at team at public stepped up com.
And if you want your city to sign up will reach out to them directly.
Sounds great it really -- you know it is seen as such have sort of a no brainer when it comes to you know the way that people use technology these days everybody's got a cellphone.
We talk about that in a minute.
-- you know for helping people without -- emergency situations.
But everybody's got a cell phone you could just take out your your -- and take a picture and send it off to the right person and and hopefully get something.
Fixed wherever you live.
Absolutely we're challenging every city in the US to create a multi city platform to get every city on -- platform you don't have to know if -- in the city -- the county.
Or even which state you're reporting its UN will figure out who to get.
Who -- the requests over to and that agency.
The website is -- Powell is public stuff dot com on Twitter their act public's dot com.
And Lily Lou is the founder and CEO of stuff all the best you thanks very much -- here -- -- Are when we come back we're gonna talk about again mobile phones ways to use your cell phone.
In case an emergency arises and you need to have some kind of first responder come out to treat you a way that they can have.
Crucial information personal information about you that could perhaps saved the life you were like four or someone you -- we'll talk about that.
On the come right back.
This is solution America I'm -- I'm glad you're with us you can find me on Twitter at -- pulled out.
This is a show where we -- to introduce issues problems that people are facing in their everyday lives and we introduce you to people.
Who have come up with solutions to those problems so here's a problem -- -- serious or life threatening situations like a missing child car accident.
Being found unconscious for example a solution emergency -- which is a company that is.
He aims at helping you to create an emergency plan Michael soon and is chairman and CEO of emergency link and he joins us in the studio good to see Michael thanks very much for coming on.
-- -- -- -- It's very simple you come to our website emergency -- dot com you give us your emergency contacts.
And you give us any medical information you would want us to give and -- in an emergency.
As we don't need all your -- records just mean you're allergic to penicillin diabetics that are.
We'll send you to stickers one for your driver's license when the goes on the back -- health care card.
And then we also have screens and missile lock screens -- on top as -- your iPhone for example.
It forever in an accident -- empties not to look through your phone that's locked -- via our so we'll find your driver's license here car.
They call us.
Will call your whole family I don't know waving pink and will also make sure we -- for the hospital and for them any of the information you've given us can be as simple as the person diabetic and -- -- on.
We could be is much is document to start with us here advanced medical practice for for example in an emergency these are very hard -- find.
We can actually some among teen mom almost immediately how many people are taking advantage of your -- So we launched about three months ago we just came out we've had.
A little over 101000 people sign up just in the three months we've been out literally with no marketing and -- People have just been out there.
Spreading the word about service and and is that a free service how does that work to completely free service we do three things we we like -- -- Dana we like to -- do you want a little bit about that.
And then we have -- merge -- response piece which -- talked about which is an emergency.
But one of the coolest things about our service which truly unique.
Is that you can share your information with other people on the emergency -- network miserable lot what I wanna do that wasn't important what I had -- -- options.
In my three sisters -- shared that information with all the family members nanny.
-- other people to take care of -- children at that child is never an emergency.
The -- iPhone app I can happen that child's name supposedly -- lost for the missing and hurt.
Have all the doctors and other allergies and any information my -- one and you have -- child.
Most importantly if they go missing I can create a missing children's report in sixty seconds.
-- could type could take two or three hours for someone to get all the information on that child get it to police station -- -- get that out.
With our -- you can literally have a missing persons report out success.
And this is so important because you know as I know working as a journalist for many years.
-- getting this information out as quickly as possible.
About a missing child for example can greatly improve the chances of being able to find.
That child and track down especially in the case of an abduction.
Actually critical -- would tell -- the first half hours the most important.
Yet it takes almost two hours to get a report -- on the information to the filed.
You can do and sixty cent how does that work -- farther view it in the that this is I think very very important your filing for creating a missing person report.
You would do that right on your phone you get sort of -- would come -- your phone and you type in the in the information.
Well there you have the information stored for example information on my niece or nephew to have that my -- given me access to -- they're they're sharing that info with me.
I can then forward that to the police -- just -- -- simple enough so over the coming out of these are you know child's gone missing -- what's on the info on the child.
-- -- can quickly enough to them they'd increase the report.
How does I mean this is a service and you've told us this free.
Customers who like to make money where where's this where's the business -- -- -- -- Sure -- our -- over time is to create offers for different customers about things they may need so it may be and home health care may be monitoring services that may be other things.
The -- around maybe -- post accident take care.
And -- also bring those offers to our customers over time and you know we'll get paid from the people for presenting those offers that.
That's our concern on the back to no -- obligated no one has to buy anything there's no hidden anything but that's how we helped make -- -- But this is something that's becoming.
More more common where companies are collecting information about.
People like me about users user data and then that data becomes very valuable.
For marketing type.
Purposes sure and we don't sell the unit -- when we don't cited in any third parties we don't go down that road -- -- very restrict.
However you know we do have the ability to present offers to -- customs if you want them great if you don't that's fine too but this is very common business model.
But if you think of -- we've been able to create.
A 24 hour service for use your children.
Kids you know anyone for completely for it.
Right and if you're unconscious and you're in an accident he wanted to famine and now you want the -- not something about you now -- we provide that service we're able to do it now costs.
And and the privacy issue because we didn't do a lot of these kinds of segments where people -- putting personal information and obviously some of this information is.
There's very personal and very private you really would want.
Someone being able to -- -- -- let's say you know emergency links computer systems and -- this kind of information how do you secure.
We have the same security standards any banquet.
So while bank is actually protecting your money we've put in place the same type of system we actually don't have the money we do have important information.
I don't have your medical records -- I am I know you're allergic to penicillin but we we take the the threat of that just as serious as any bank that's protecting your money would.
I while you're talking about the kind of information that that -- People first responders might need another thing that's come up.
Stories that we've done is about organ being an organ donor.
Verses or you know not being organ -- that this is it for your end of life wishes.
Would be important for someone -- know obviously in a worst case scenario.
Whether or not you wished to be an organ donor Woodson would also be something.
-- organ donors we actually let you store all your end of life documents if you like.
We you know we you can imagine scenarios or someone dies in your families literally rifling through your house trying to find where's the insurance policy.
Where's this where's the will whereas the directives you can store all that with us and we can for that to the hospital or to your family whenever you -- god forbid you were to die you could say.
This is the information I would like my family -- it's all in one place before that in and of.
Was it something that happened in your personal life that prompted you to -- to.
That to come up with that idea for for a company like this.
Yeah well you know I actually was a different -- had been in an accident and was unconscious for two and a half days in the hospital on a respirator and before anyone was able to find out you know his his address hadn't been current.
Lived on -- zone.
You know didn't have you know -- people were just unable -- -- Wear it to John though yeah.
And you -- this impact you you'd learn that there's there's fifteen million accidents a year where -- is unable to provide the information they need to first responders.
And there's a million accidents here we're someone's completely unconscious in the hospital.
Right and they don't know what to do.
Well -- mercy -- seems like it will be a good way good start for people to.
Sort of store and then share the information that that.
If the important people need to know about in the event it.
Of something like that you hate to think of -- happening to someone who who you love but chances are mean these kinds of things do happen to you might as well.
Be prepared for them then you know -- -- completely prepared we have.
A great way for no cost to be completely prepared for the worst moments in someone's life the website if -- -- -- is up and running emergency -- Dot com and that's what it looks like when you go on.
And you can you can read all about it is the website also the way the people can sign up with their interest in -- the website we also have a iPhone in that android apps and rhapsody running -- -- contest right now so -- comes to a site.
Chance to win now brand new iPhone fives for new customers who sign up.
All right little incentive Michelson and is the chairman and CEO of emergency late Michael thanks so much for coming in nice to meet you -- When we come back we're gonna talk about ways to use.
Social media to try to meet people -- like you this is not a new thing obviously.
There have been all kinds of of web sites in the past that have tried to.
Connects people vote one of the oldest one of the most popular is meet up dot com and we'll talk with someone from that company when we come right back to public.
All right welcome back to solution -- -- -- with us is our lesson -- -- and talk about ways that you could find people.
In your community.
Or around the world who have similar interest to you.
The issue here that we're gonna talk about finding people with similar interest in the solution is made up dot com.
Which is a large network of local groups and when the first really captured think -- -- community development lead at -- meet up you can find them on Twitter at -- up the website is meet up dot com nice.
To see Katherine thanks for coming and it's great to -- and got to celebrate your tenth anniversary.
-- and got the years what is that what is what is that we.
I don't like I don't know underrated dot com I don't there's something like dog years for -- -- today yeah ought to get back to automatic creation yeah.
That is why do people like to find.
Other people who had similar interests as they.
You know a lot of people have.
Fantastic close friends family.
But you know for example your spouse -- -- -- Iran might not even be able to imagine getting on tennis -- but.
You're an avid jogger and so what do you do.
And you can turn to -- yet to find a local group of runners in that example.
Or you know immediate move to your city or you have a big life change we see a lot of moms for example on meet up.
You have a child and maybe you know your friends don't have a child.
To way to connect people and where are you web people confined if if they wanna.
They -- I mean obviously anybody can go to your website and -- -- but are there you you working with communities so where are you got communities in the country.
So you can go to India dot com I had the and that or are mobile -- and you can find and meet up we like to say yet everywhere about most everything so it is -- international.
And -- economy that's in the us.
So I have some stats that you guys provided for us we haven't individually or we have an independently verify these but I sure that -- actually -- Monthly visitors.
Ten point eight million people a month.
Out west a lot of eyeballs it's a lot of meetings were actually -- over eleven million members now wound up and I guess we'll -- little more than eleven million members.
The monthly RCP's two million what's the what's -- RS VP -- -- -- felt.
So what do you find that mom made up that -- like to join he joined the group and then you can see all the upcoming meet -- they have events coming up.
And you -- ours if you -- and.
So these -- monthly me tips about 340000.
Local groups a 105000.
Topics over 1171000.
And cities 45000.
Cities yeah it's a lot of -- us.
And actually -- what's really interesting to me it's not not really the geography part but.
The types of communities you can find on the outside -- mommy got some running -- -- Parenting yes or number one on meet up isn't an -- and yes and then I is that why do you think what you.
-- your research showing you so people often turn to meet up when they're going through major life change and so for a lot of people that means maybe moving to new city.
Maybe finish school and you've lost that previous social group used to have in the case of moms.
As I mentioned before.
You might have a child and maybe your friends don't have children may be aired a different age you can I either find a local meet up that's a great fit for you -- even start your round.
We just put up the top three need -- communities.
Parents and found only if you if you missed appearance down when number one.
Outdoors and invention of the two I guess that's the biking because one of my favorite I I am thinking okay.
I think career in business class of people using meet up as a as a way to network.
Oh absolutely yeah I -- network a way to find support.
-- actually create businesses together.
There's a lot of interest in -- comes out and you got.
So there are lots of web sites out there that attempt to.
To do this kind of thing obviously FaceBook was probably one of the biggest ones in the business -- -- linked in.
What makes -- -- different than some of these other sites.
You know FaceBook does a great job of connecting you with close friends that you already have friends and family staying in touch over those distances.
-- Lincoln's great for stay in touch with business contacts.
Meet up helps you connect with people near you doing the things you like to do.
Which might not always overlap with those 22 communities you're talking about.
-- I asked one of our other guests so -- -- how.
Her company makes business.
How how it how you they make money so how does need to make -- -- things -- you guys don't you don't even do any advertising is that right.
And now iPhone we're not that people -- -- the love you know but they're great experience -- on meet up so it's free to join -- up you can go ahead of finding group to join.
But -- every -- up -- head up by a passionate local person so that -- -- was just started by a local mom just like you.
And so that had organizer pays -- small subscription fee to meet up it winds up being about twelve bucks a month.
For the head -- and to -- come.
Sort of like the leader of that particular meet -- group -- and the plug into that yet -- -- we can help promote your group connecting with the people near you really wanna join.
That kind of thing.
And a lot of organizers will actually charge small membership fees or RCP.
-- up fees.
It's kind of cover that expense over time.
-- I said okay.
How do you.
I don't mean I don't know house to put this had to keep the creeps out because I think this -- seriously because you know.
There are people who are -- I wanna go to meet a -- -- -- and their motive is their motivation might not be as.
As nice as I want to meet someone who -- into running right -- Right so what is it what do you do seriously when it comes down to CD yeah what do you recommend -- -- the user is as far as.
Making sure that they are meeting up or about to meet up with someone who is sort of on the up and out.
Right -- the first of all we have a fantastic community team that actually that's all the New Year's -- coming through.
I'm so right off the -- we take a peek at -- groups -- sure this is something that's -- community and you know going to be positive experience.
From -- you know we give you really good overview of what the groups about you could see your description was organizing who's planning on attending where -- is.
Reading -- -- -- you -- get a really good sense for what's aren't even going on in my group.
All right so -- there -- creeps.
You might hear about it that way I surely you can sit out -- pretty well you know we're in an election year and a lot of people like -- You meet up and talk with people who are.
Politically like minded decent a lot of that going on in meet up leading up you know not necessarily one party vs the other but are people engaged politically.
Oh yeah absolutely in fact they're over 600 Tea Party meet ups on -- -- and -- over 600 Ron Paul groups for example in fact to kind of go back in time a little bit.
I'm Howard Dean was one of the reasons that need to picked up a lot of steam -- and -- people using the platform itself organized to support him so.
Absolutely -- that those kind of local communities around politics.
Catherine think is a community development lead at meet up.
What does that mean your -- community development is it dead he's here and you are that's missing.
Should it's -- community development leader.
If so basically one -- my main roles is to support all these local organizers that are creating these groups around the world -- by giving them leads and that is that what it is.
You do that is wanna try to understand.
-- -- -- so we did everything from answering.
You know questions like how to actually use the platform as an organizer.
Two best practices for making your meet -- successful.
-- think with media which is celebrating its ten year anniversary you can find them online mete out dot com we define what Twitter at meet up.
Kathryn nice to meet you think to me you thanks very much for coming in -- every one.
So that's the show so this is solution America.
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