The widespread devastation caused by Hurricane María has shed light to the deeply-rooted flaws of Puerto Rico’s hierarchical and non-participatory government system. The centralization of power and lack of accessibility to funds has not only trumped the arrival of much needed services across the island, but has also denied citizens the opportunity to actively participate in the processes of recuperating their own communities.
We envision a Puerto Rico where every community has the opportunity to take charge of their own future. We hope to decentralize the management of resources by developing new participatory governance models that give citizens direct power to imagine, plan and build the changes they desire for their communities.
Combining community planning with the power of microfinance and capacity-building, we propose a community resiliency approach that enables citizens to imagine the future they desire and collaboratively implement a project that reflects their needs and hopes.
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