Philanthropologist serves as a bridge between the Philanthropy Journal and The Good Road television program. Some issues will serve as companion pieces to episodes of TGR, others will highlight areas around the world that have a more urgent and timely need for the spotlight to shine on them. Each will be led by the people from and of these communities.
In this first issue, we focus on the incredible island nation of Puerto Rico. I have yet to visit Puerto Rico, which is why it is even more important that the content that follows is curated, rather than crafted, by me. This is in no way meant to be a comprehensive overview of the island, but hopefully will inspire your curiosity to learn more beyond the pages here.
I went into this project with a fair amount of knowledge about the island and the culture, or so I thought. Throughout the process of researching, networking, and talking with people, I have experienced a huge amount of growth in my own understanding of the island.
Since we started this project, I have connected with so many incredible individuals who care so deeply about Puerto Rico. The warmth of the Caribbean flows through people connected to the island, and that was evident in every conversation I was privileged to have. At the same time, Puerto Ricans are resilient, especially in the face of disaster. Strength and pride, marked with a rugged determination, is beautifully balanced with a welcoming and genuine nature.
Through these conversations, it is evident that there is an enormous need for the world to truly see Puerto Rico. For people to see the challenges and disparities that they face as an island that is considered part of the United States when convenient [for the United States], and not part of the United States when it is convenient [for the United States]. There is a need to bring attention to the people and work that is taking place, and to better understand the complex systems at play, especially in the political and social arenas.
As you read through this issue, you will see several common threads run throughout the stories. While these threads are specific to Puerto Rico, there is a universality to it all that we can apply to the lens in which we view the world, in which we can inform our philanthropy.
Good happens in every corner of the world. It is our goal to shine a light on this work so you can be a better informed global citizen and supporter of all the good that is taking place. It is our goal to inspire you to become a Philanthropologist.