About Caroline

Bio

I am both entrepreneur and musician. I own and run the web design company 'Phillips Internet Consulting' as well as Yogamassala, a yoga portal offering on-line yoga classes. As a musician, I compose and perform with my group, called "Bidaia" play the hurdy-gurdy and sing. We just came out with a new album called "Agur Shiva".

As for my web agency, Phillips Internet Consulting, I founded the company in 1996 after observing that France was like the Wild West at the time - and not many .DOT COM gunsligners were around. Like most of the NetGeneration, I am mostly self-taught through hours of surfing, thinking, reading and attending industry conferences. I believe that quality of life is important which is why I choose to live in the south of France in the beautiful area called the Basque Country.

I was born in Northern California's Bay Area, hothouse of a rich and varied artistic culture. Thanks to the benevolence of ultra-liberal parents and a singularly genteel and cultivated grandmother, my childhood was a cultural cornucopia of music, performing arts and provocative pursuits. My summers were spent learning French in a camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains called "La Joie de Vivre".

I moved to the Basque Country in 1992 and have made it my home base. I learned both Basque and Spanish which I speak somewhat fluently and founded the group Bidaia with Mixel Ducau.

I discovered the Web in 1995. My passion for the Internet drove me to create the web agency P.I.C. In May 1996 I integrated a start-up incubator in the south of France (Biarritz) and founded Phillips Internet Consulting in December 1996.

Today : I own Phillips Internet Consulting an interactive web agency specialized in consulting, e-marketing & web design for companies, government agencies, and non-profits we have two in-house products : a multi-lingual email marketiing suite and a multi-lingual e-commerce application.

Musicwise : I play with my group "Bidaia" - play the hurdy-gurdy and sing in basque. I also direct a women's choir. I practice Ashtanga yoga and meditate whenever I can.

I'm a TEDx organizer and held three TEDxBasqueCountry events in Biarritz in 2010 and 2011 and in Bidart in 2013. I'm also involved in community development in the Basque Country as the VP of the Conseil de Developpement du Pays Basque.

TED Conferences

TEDWomen 2013, TEDGlobal 2011, TEDGlobal 2010, TEDIndia 2009

Areas of Expertise

eBusiness, women's leadership, Regional Development, Yoga and Meditation, Emarketing, Music, hurdy-gurdy

An idea worth spreading

Hmm. So many. Mainly TOLERANCE. Tolerance and acceptation of differences and different behaviours in others.

I'm passionate about

Music, voice, hurdy-gurdy, piano, classical music, opera, traveling, democracy, Barak Obama, languages, Astanga Yoga, travel, India, reading on m'Kindle : do u GROK this? Giving.

Talk to me about

E-business & web consulting
Music and my hurdy-gurdy
Digital life
Yoga and my project Yogamassala.com
Community and urban development
Ayurveda
Science Fiction
Languages

People don't know I'm good at

Vocal coaching.... cooking southern Indian cuisine, standing on my head for 10 minutes.

My TED story

Went to TEDIndia, loved it, submitted to talk at TEDU in 2010 .. and did it ! Look up 'hurdy-gurdy' :)

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Caroline Phillips
Posted about 1 year ago
Are you comfortable with NSA collecting your personal data?
No matter what we do, we're now under surveillance. In order to have a private conversation we'll have to meet "analog style" in a back alley and exchange hand-written notes. Big Brother is now everywhere. So maybe we need to stop using Google, Facebook and Apple to store private information ? But who's to say that they won't start putting pressure on private hosting companies to access private domains ... we have let the NSA run amok and I think that the only way to remedy this is to pass laws that forbid this kind of systematic data collection and enforce it ... however, if they really wanted to get the information they could probably hire hackers to get it for them so either way ... it's a done deal :(
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Caroline Phillips
Posted about 1 year ago
Keller Rinaudo: A mini robot -- powered by your phone
As a geek and technophile, this is tempting. However, I am not convinced that it really serves a useful purpose... I mean, it's an iPhone on wheels, I want hands and feet on my robot and I want it to ask me how I'm doing and not just bring me a cup of tea : I want it to make me one !
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Caroline Phillips
Posted almost 3 years ago
Whose responsibility is it to educate our young people on healthy eating, physical activity, and positive self esteem?
I live in France where kids are practically "bottle-fed" red wine. I think the education starts at home, however, many parents (here in France), don't consider it important to educate their children on eating right and responsible drinking because they, themselves don't eat or drink responsibly. A doctor here in the Basque Country told me that she told one of her patients who had high cholesterol to eat only one egg per week and to stop eating processed meat products. The patient cried "Well what will I eat ??!!" So in order for parents to know what to do, we, as a society need to educate the parents and limit the kind of advertising we receive for junk food and alcohol. I think that each country should make it a priority to get their citizens and their littlest citizens, healthy.
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Caroline Phillips
Posted over 3 years ago
Have you reinvented yourself, or started a movement?
I feel like I'm re-inventing myself everyday, every week, every month. As a musician, I seek out new ideas for songs, new ways of interpreting them. As an entrepreneur, I'm always looking for a better way to manage my team, for fundraising, for product development and as a TEDx organizer my team looks to me to lead them in new and exciting directions. Of course, being a catalyst for change comes with the obvious pitfalls : lack of funds, lack of commitment from others, intellectual fatigue and the BIGGEST problem ? Lack of TIME.
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Caroline Phillips
Posted over 3 years ago
What can we do, as citizens to promote tolerance in our daily lives ?
I completely understand your point of view, even though I don't share it, which is what makes for an interesting debate ! I come from a family where we regularly debated at the dinner table and took social risks by speaking out against racist comments and behaviour. It's never easy and sometimes I have to "Live and Let Live". Recently a client starting going off on a tangent about how a certain ethnic group was taking over France ... I ignored it once, twice and then said "I'm sorry, but I'm really uncomfortable with this conversation, I need you to keep your opinions to yourself on this subject"... and he did, and we went on with the meeting. However, he could have reacted badly, walked out and not paid me.
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Caroline Phillips
Posted over 3 years ago
What can we do, as citizens to promote tolerance in our daily lives ?
Hello, I'd like to "jump in" here for a minute : Mario, I don't know where you live in France but I can promise you that in the 25 years that I have lived here (in Paris and in the provinces), I regularly run into people who are openly racist : the most prevalent is anti-semitism, but it also extends to Africans, people from the former French colonies ... and the social circles where I have most encountered this kind of intolerant behaviour is in the business sector :(. Debra, to add to your comment : I think that it's difficult for a man to understand how a woman feels about the sharia. I've travelled quite a bit and in some countries I've had to wear a headscarf, simply because I am, well, swarthy and I tend to blend in so without the headscarf I was absolutely taunted, a couple of times men tried to grab my arm, by posterior, my well, chest ... Women fought hard for their rights which came LATE in France : A passport for a woman (without her husband) : 1937 Women' right to have her own bank account : 1943 Women's vote : 1944 and ... in France, the husband's name is on his wife's passport while on the husband's passport, the wife's name doesn't appear !
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Caroline Phillips
Posted over 3 years ago
Rethink the human-centered airline experience. *A TEDActive Travel Project*
Here's a fun anecdote ... a couple of years ago, Air France had a really cheesy jingle with a woman singer singing "Within the miles, away from the sea" like a mantra but with a strong French accent so it sounded like : "Weeseen ze miyuls, away frrrrom ze seeeee". Hysterical. Unfortunately it was played everywhere, on the phone systems, in the airport lounges and on the planes before taking off. On a flight with a friend, I didn't even realize it, but I started singing the song with a (fake) French accent, she started singing too, a couple of people chuckled and then joined in ... everyone ended up laughing and the pilot and the crew were practically on the floor they were laughing so hard. That was a fun flight.