What do we want for Our Future?
Hurricane Maria left:
3.4 million people in Puerto Rico without electricity, connectivity or adequate supplies,
40% of the cell towers down,
80% of the electricity grid damaged or destroyed,
115+ bridges destroyed,
over 50 people dead,
$45-$95 billion estimated damage - a third to half of the island’s total GDP.
The task of rebuilding and implementing solutions has been frustrating, slow and without adequate support leaving challenged communities particularly at risk.
The Plaza Mayor for the Digital Age
Inspired by the historic role of the "Plaza Mayor” in Latino communities, our "Community Resilient Hubs," are creating a centralized place to coordinate the rebuild and visioning for the future.
The Pilot in Puerto Rico
In February, Innovative Resilience facilitated five "Community Dream Workshops" in four communities on the island severely impacted by hurricane Maria - Ponce, San Juan, Yabucoa and Barraniquitas. Our community empowerment workshops opened an opportunity for locals to come together and develop their ideas for the future of Puerto Rico.
In the Resilient Workshops, we saw 5 communities ignite into action with many ideas. The groups left empowered with plans to turn into action.