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Act 1 : Another Role Model : Sometimes less is more

Theres always room for more role models.

I introduce to you a Mr. Dan Phillips and his organization The Phoenix Commotion at http://www.phoenixcommotion.com/

The Phoenix Organzition has been building low-income housing mostly out of what would otherwise be thrown out as trash. Mr. Phillips estimates roughly 80% of the construction materials used to build his homes are recycled from trash dumps, construction projects, and/or just picked up from along side of the road. As far as construction materials, you name it.....Dan's used it. There probably isnt too many disgarded items Dan wont be able to figure out a use for.

Completely self taught, Dan started his company through mortgaging his own home. His vision of building smaller, more unique, affordable, efficient living homes for people in need started after seeing all the building materials filling up local landfills and the lack of affording housing. As of last year, the Phoenix Commotion employed 5 previously unskilled workers any trade of construction. Mr. Phillips not only helps build these recycled homes, but teaches his employees everything they need to know. Even the purchaser must lend a hand.

Do these homes fit the stereotypical mold of today's american culture? No, but they shouldn't. Lets face it, we can't possible build most of the nations homes out of recycled materials. Our economy needs new home construction for sustainability, yet our beloved planet needs more people like Mr. Dan Phillips keep his vision alive.

I truely believe a website like EVOKE has a chance to make a difference. Many people support Mr. Phillips vision, but he needs more help not only just with materials. Socially...he needs our help..and more people to spread his vision. Some people in his community despise some of his creations for their own selfish reasons turning a blind eye to the bigger picture. I commend Mr. Phillips for not only being a responsible social innovator, but also for standing tall when many throw tarnished stones at him and his vision. Sometimes less is more.

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Comment by John D. Boyden on April 24, 2010 at 5:32pm
I agree, Jason. Time will tell if we are right. "I truely believe a website like EVOKE has a chance to make a difference. Many people support Mr. Phillips vision, but he needs more help not only just with materials." +1 sustainability for that hope!

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