Phil spent his early career designing solutions to complex social problems around environmental issues. He also hails from a ministry family that has been laboring with the poor for four generations in Charleston, West Virginia. Using his back ground in research and design along with a healthy understanding of poverty he decided to turn his attention to addressing concentrated poverty, homelessness, and other affronts to human dignity.
In his SATtalk, Phil shares personal reflections and professional insights from ten years of community building work in distressed Orlando Florida neighborhoods. His efforts have involved operating in multiple worlds of vastly different perspectives, experiences, and interests and have helped him discover a deep appreciation for the single most important factor for successful community building – human dignity.