How We Got Started
How We Got Started
I was sitting in my room, handling the typical "oh geeze, I really need to organize my life" end of the month mayhem on my desk. I finally, ashamedly, gave in to the temptation to try one of those organization apps on my phone. I was sifting through contestant apps, when I noticed something a little different than the rest - "Everyday, when you open and use our app, we'll donate 10 cents to a charity".
Intriguing... it's a tiny amount, but so easy for me to do... then I started down a rabbit hole of apps and websites all with a similar idea. I logged on, did the minuscule tasks that were required, I read articles and subscribed to newsletters (and never got my desk organized...). I felt like it must all add up to something significant.
That all lasted for about.... 3 days? Maybe even 2 days.... That sounds pitiful. But it's real. I applaud those of you out there who are stronger than me. But I feel like I am not alone in my struggle. It was simply too much work to be practical, and the payout was simply not big enough.
During that brief period of research and effort I found many helpful websites - one compiled thousands of products and rated them on their environmental friendliness, several helpful blogs surfaced giving advice on minimizing waste or eating healthy, there was a site that listed various clothing stores that were socially responsible - but there wasn't one, single place I could go to get all of this different kind of information.
These are the things that hit me after that time:
It was so hard. Why was it so hard to try to be aware of the different things happening in the world?
There was an annoyingly prominent dichotomy between environmental friendliness and social justice missions
If only there was a place where we could go to get information on environmentally friendly products, social justice, healthy options, great charities....
....And Phil Organizations was conceived.
Obviously I've had to settle on more practical goals for Phil Orgs for now. I'm building and researching and learning. We'll go from there. I want to make it easy for people to do good. I want to lead people to the best products, organizations and businesses out there. I want to bridge the gap between environmental friendliness and social good. I want to see a movement of people who are each individually doing small things that will add up to big change.