Despite our best intentions, it's not as simple as flying to Puerto Rico, shovels in hand. Even individuals high in skills and net worth are powerless in isolation.
The first step towards action and solution is collaboration. Rather than scattering efforts through different sectors of the rebuilding effort, we must unite under the banner of holistic planning.
The central point for consideration is whom the Consortium must be led by and ultimately benefit: Puerto Ricans. Only they can best chart the course of their revivification. This is their destiny; we simply aid them on their path. The goal of the Summit is to overcome a sickening cycle of apathy besieging our fellow American citizens.
It’s time to do what Americans have done since 1776: Get in a room, make a plan — and execute.
Don’t argue. Build.
In the wake of Hurricane Maria's devastation of the Puerto Rican people, rebuilding efforts uncovered raw potential hidden within its land and citizens.
Drawing from the success of Special Jurisdictions (as previously demonstrated by the likes of Hong Kong and Dubai), an open "E-government" could revolutionize Puerto Rico, rivaling even that of Silicon Valley as a capital of technology and innovation.
Since 1957, the historic George Mason University in Arlington, VA has served as an incubator for future global leaders. Named for one of the Founding Fathers of America, this campus was the natural choice for a Startup Societies Foundation Summit — the perfect setting for young minds to craft a future of liberty and freedom through competitive governance.