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A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva, author of "Decolonizing Wealth"
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"Philanthropy, honey, it’s time for an intervention." That's Edgar Villanueva's take on the status of grantmaking today. Join us for this online conversation with Edgar Villanueva about his book "Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance."

When: 02/18/2020
4:00 PM
Where: Zoom Virtual Meeting
United States
Presenter: Edgar Villaneuva
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In Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, Edgar Villanueva, vice president of programs and advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education, asserts that colonialism is not a thing of the past, but lives on, like a virus, in existing systems and structures, including philanthropy and social finance.

One of the first things he does is draw a distinction between colonialism and immigration: immigrants come to a new country expecting to abide by the existing laws of the land; colonialism, in contrast, is all about imposing control over new lands and expropriating their resources — by force, if necessary. Colonialism is about establishing dominance over others, which Villanueva likens to a “zombie invasion” in that “colonizers insist on taking over the bodies, minds, and souls of the colonized.”