Michael Colletto

Jul 15

Travel With Us is a beautiful and inspirational visual poem from The SOLD Project, a nonprofit working in northern Thailand that has proved that it’s possible to protect innocence and prevent human trafficking.

I’ve had the personal privilege of watching this smart grassroots organization completely transform a community and rewrite the future for more than 140 children and their families. This year, SOLD is celebrating five years of effective, meaningful change in a village where child exploitation used to be commonplace. Hope is rising, and it will not be quieted.

It’s an incredible story. Watch it. Share it. Get involved.


Jul 2
“Creativity and innovation are about finding unexpected solutions to obvious problems or finding obvious solutions to unexpected problems.” Rei Inamoto, chief creative officer at AKQA

May 14

This is a clever initiative from Volkswagen. Also, it’s a telling illustration of the fundamental truth that people require incentives—not simply information—to change their behavior.


Mar 25

Dan Pallota explains how the way we think about charity is dead wrong and, as someone who’s worked for nonprofits for years, I can say it’s one of the most necessary (and potentially revolutionary) TED Talks I’ve ever seen. This conversation needs to happen, and these wrongheaded ideas absolutely must change. Watch it. 


Jan 20

Jan 17

One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera. These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves.

What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.

Alain de Botton, author of The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Alain de Botton, in his 2009 TED talk, offers an insightful critique of meritocracy and examines a kinder, gentler philosophy of success.


Dec 12
Congratulations to whoever took this for capturing the most adorable moment ever.

Congratulations to whoever took this for capturing the most adorable moment ever.


Dec 10
“I would have written a shorter letter but I did not have the time.” 17th-century French mathematician Blaise Pascal

Nov 30
The SOLD Project is in the final 8 hours of The Girl Effect Challenge and we need your help! To win, we need as many people as possible to give just $10 before Midnight tonight to secure our place as a Finalist (right now we’re in 1st!). Your simple $10 gift helps SOLD secure a potential grant worth more than $30,000 to help educate at-risk children in Thailand and prevent child prostitution.
Click here to give $10: http://goto.gg/6718.
Please spread the word and get everyone else you can involved, too. We can’t do this without you, so THANK YOU for helping out!

The SOLD Project is in the final 8 hours of The Girl Effect Challenge and we need your help! To win, we need as many people as possible to give just $10 before Midnight tonight to secure our place as a Finalist (right now we’re in 1st!). Your simple $10 gift helps SOLD secure a potential grant worth more than $30,000 to help educate at-risk children in Thailand and prevent child prostitution.

Click here to give $10: http://goto.gg/6718.

Please spread the word and get everyone else you can involved, too. We can’t do this without you, so THANK YOU for helping out!


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