“The question for us as South Carolinians today is this – how big do we want to be?
Do we want to nibble around the edges of our problems? Do we want to kick the can down the road? Do we want to just take baby steps in the right direction?
I believe we need and want big and real reform – right now. We need leapfrog jumps and audacious ambitions. And I’ll bet you believe that too.”
– Phil Noble
Phil Noble is a business and technology consultant from Charleston. Over the past twenty-five years, his company, Phil Noble and Associates, has worked in more than 40 countries around the world, serving clients as diverse as the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Time Warner Inc., the Bertelsmann Foundation.
Here in South Carolina, Noble is the founder of three statewide nonprofit initiatives: The Palmetto Project, One Laptop Per Child South Carolina, and World Class Scholars, an online global student exchange program.
Noble has also served on advisory boards at a number of colleges and universities including at Clemson, USC and the College of Charleston, and was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
In the realm of public policy, Noble served for many years as president of the SC New Democrats, an independent group that encourages young people and other community activists with ideas for political reform and common-sense solutions. He was also an early advisor to Barack Obama and was on his campaign’s South Carolina Statewide Steering Committee.
Also, for the past five years, Noble has written a weekly column for the SC Press Association and several business magazines about innovative economic, education and government policies and reforms.
A Greenville native, Phil lives in Charleston with his wife of 35 years, Nancy Madden, of Laurens. They have two grown children, JP and Lizzie.