Focused on the intersection of social enterprise, local food, and sustainable agriculture, Mark Phillips is passionate about building a new economy in service to life through the development of alternative, democratic economic models that prioritize the flourishing of people and planet over profit. Mark is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where he studied Spanish language and literature. After graduating in 2013, he completed a year of national service through Americorps VISTA at the Philadelphia Department of Commerce. From there he developed an ongoing passion for small business and community economic development through his time at the Latin American Economic Development Association in Camden, NJ. More recently, he spent eight months living at Genesis Farm in Blairstown, New Jersey, where he explored cosmology and the work of Thomas Berry while participating in Yale’s Journey of the Universe MOOC specialization. He is also an amateur jazz guitarist and fermentation enthusiast.
The first time I wept for the Earth I was alone in the woods in late summer after a long run. It was, I believe, the combination of runner’s high, a sense of connection to the beautiful natural setting, and the culmination of several months’ personal awakening to the gravity of our ecological crises. I […]