Philip is a lifelong writer and journalist who loves to travel, play outdoors and is committed to helping people through volunteering. He is also the Founder and President of Nature Worx.
We first met Phil at an outdoor education conference in Maryland, and were immediately impressed with his vision, dedication to nature immersion and journey to entrepreneurship. We recently featured Phil's story in En Root, our monthly newsletter (a must-read!) and wanted to wrap up his feature by asking him some key questions about his path to impact. Here is our rapid-fire Q+A - Enjoy!
Tell us about a time that you created impact through an immersive experience.
I lived and worked on a farm in Norway one summer as part of an international youth exchange program with people from all over the world.
What is the biggest lesson you learned through this experience?
I learned that essentially, people are the same, regardless of which nation you are from. People value honesty, hard work, humor and compassion.
How did this experience change the course of your life, your career or your outlook?
It opened my eyes to the wonder of cultural differences, and to the shared humanity that prevails across the world.
If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Always try new things, don't hesitate to listen to your head and your heart in equal measure.
What are some words of wisdom that you would offer students exploring the possibility of an immersive experience?
Be open to new experiences, because they have the potential to change your life for the better.
What is your favorite travel quote (or general life quote)?
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. " Henry David Thoureau
What's next? How do you plan to create impact in your job or personal life in 2019?
I plan to grow Nature Worx into an influential organization that improves the lives of countless people, by connecting them to the healing properties of nature in an enjoyable and meaningful way.