Phillip Berenz

Advocate, Adventurer, Techie, & Nature Lover

Phil is the president and a member of the board of directors of Expedition Empower, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals living with disabilities connect with nature through creative, safe, and accessible nature programs. He is also a trustee of the Awesome Disability chapter, a global community that provides micro-grants with no strings attached to disability led projects.These causes are near and dare to his heart, Phil was born with cerebral palsy and in 2013 became the third person with cerebral palsy to summit Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted. That charity climbed raised over $14,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston. Phil has raised tens of thousands of dollars for other nonprofit organizations that specialize in helping people living with cerebral palsy. Currently, he is planning an expedition set for 2023 to become the first person with cerebral palsy to summit Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in South America.Outside of his advocacy work, Phil has built a career in IT support. He has an immense amount of experience in the academic, financial, and economic consulting industries. Since receiving his first Tandy computer at the age of seven, he has never stopped tinkering with technology. Always forward thinking, he is now diving into the world of web3 technology and exploring interesting ways in how it can intersect with nature for the benefit of humanity.More information on his endeavors are below.

Expedition Empower

Expedition Empower is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals living with disabilities connect with nature through creative, safe, and accessible outdoor programs. We break down barriers that hinder equitable access to nature.Through the practice of shinrin-yoku and concepts like nature connectedness, we can guide you into nature and onto the path to a healthier and happier life.

Awesome Disability

Launched in April 2017, Awesome Disability is an independent chapter of the Awesome Foundation, a global community that provides micro-grants with no strings attached. The trustees of Awesome Disability are people with disabilities that want to support ideas and projects in our community.Stats as of August 2021: $54,500 granted | 55 projects funded | 9 countries | 4,600+ submissions

Natur3 Club

Within the next ten years, Web3 technology will greatly shape the way our world operates (it's already happening). Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and metaverse technology will slowly be mass adopted. As we have seen with the rise of mobile phones and Web 2.0 technology, humans as a whole have become more disconnected from their natural surroundings. When AR & VR is widely adopted, it will only increase this disconnect to a level we have not seen before. As we face climate change and its negative impact on the world, this collective disconnect will be problematic (already is).The Natur3 Club is a community of explorers who seek to answer the question, what can we do to preserve our natural surroundings and strengthen our connection to nature by leveraging this next evolution of technology? Ultimately, without nature, none of this technology will matter.Stay tuned....more to come!


Want to say hello? Don't be shy!

You can use this form to reach me. I'll do my best to respond within 48 hours unless I'm in the mountains without any cell service. In that case I'll get back to you as soon as possible!


Web 2.0 Hangouts

Thank you for stopping by!

You're welcome back any time. <3

© 2021. All rights reserved.