This is some experiment. When the economy crashed in 2008 Chad Petterson lost his Wall Street job. A bunch of his associates weren’t far behind. What happens when men lose their Wall Street jobs? “By giving up the lives they once knew, they find the lives they’ve always desired.” And so the men who once lived a Wall Street lifestyle now live a Jane Street existence on the city’s East Side, a symbol of the violence that has marred the city, hoping to provide some perspective to their past and help to transform a neighborhood in need. Twelve men. Twelve months. One mission. Wall Street Exodus is a challenge led by Petterson and displaced Wall Streeters who had no clue what it’s like to live in a troubled neighborhood, but bring a lot of brainpower to the task. And oh yeah, they’re filming this for a possible documentary and reality series. Wiley Mullins www.unclewileys.com, the genial entrepreneur, urged Petterson to select Bridgeport for this experiment.
It’s been quite an awakening for the boys. In the days after they moved into a multi-family home on Jane Street they were greeted by a surge of neighborhood violence and a law enforcement response team searching for perpetrators. That’s some welcome party.
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Wall Street Exodus is a project in which Wall Street professionals re-purpose their financial and business skills to create self-sustaining businesses for the world’s poor, starting right up the road from Wall Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The project’s objective is to transform lives. This will occur in three ways. First, the lives of the poor in the areas visited will be transformed through increased income and job opportunities from the businesses created. Second, in the process of helping others, the Wall Street professionals themselves will see their own lives transformed and re-”purposed”. Third, to expand the reach and the impact of this transformation process, all aspects of Wall Street Exodus will be captured on film. This will be used to create an unprecedented reality television show and a ground-breaking documentary film.