Welcome to Part 3 of our National Geography Awareness Week Story Series in partnership with the National Geographic Society! We're celebrating this special week by highlighting five innovative young professionals and students who are blazing their own paths in geography. We'll post a new interview every day this week, so check back often. On Friday, we'll bring all of our new friends together in a virtual panel discussion.
Mike Colosimo, Marina del Rey, California
Meet Mike Colosimo, 31 year-old Co-Founder & CEO of thrdPlace.com. Mike creatively combined his passion for urban planning and business, and mashed them together with geography to start a company. ThrdPlace* is a platform that enables companies to organize and mobile resources around community projects and tell better stories about the great work they are doing.
* Urban theory states that we all exist in three places: home, work and community (the third place).
"Doing anything on your own is not easy. There will be people who will think your ideas are crazy. You have to take it in context and realize it is just one person’s opinion. Even negative comments can help. They challenge you to make a better plan. Passion and energy are contagious. Keep going and you’ll connect with the right people to support you."
Munch on More Stories in this Series:
Written by Rachel Kornak, GISP, Creative Director & Editor of GeoPivot Magazine. This story series is brought to you by National Geographic Education in celebration of 2013 National Geography Awareness Week and the 125th birthday of the National Geographic Society. Check out their blog for more exciting geography stories. Special thanks to Justine Kendall, the Geography Awareness Week Program Coordinator for making this story series possible.