Loiza suffered extensive damage after Hurricane Maria. Despite its proximity to the San Juan airport, Loiza was cut off from aid for days, making it "an island within island." To make matters worse, water careened from the mountains & surged from the ocean, converging in a historic flood that decimated many of Loiza's most vulnerable districts, communities where violence is so rampant that children are afraid to play in the neighborhood & virtually all residents live in extreme poverty.
The Ideas Box will provide Loiza's residents with arts & culture, social enterprise, economic development & long-term capacity building activities. It will serve as a community hub where people can learn how to properly file &/or appeal FEMA claims; start their own business; leverage the transformative potential of blockchain, & re-imagine their futures through the power of information.
The Ideas Box will provide residents in Loiza with workshops that foster long-term capacity-building & sustainable economic growth. All activities will be skills-based & rooted in local culture, with an eye toward encouraging creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, resilience & economic independence. It is phase 1 of a larger initiative aimed at transforming the 260 public schools that closed after Hurricane Maria into informal learning centers & makerspaces owned & operated by the community.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).