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[EPISODE] Decolonizing Wealth
That’s the new book by Edgar Villanueva.
His thesis: The solutions to the damage and trauma caused by American capitalism—including philanthropy—can be gleaned from the values and wisdom of our nation’s original people.
He’s a Native American working in philanthropy. Let’s talk to him and find out what he’s thinking.
Nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy and Award winning funder Native American, Edgar Villanueva joins Tony to discuss his new book, Decolonizing Wealth. Villanueva discusses colonization in North Carolina and the trauma that results from these conditions.
He discusses the origins of the Lumber Tribe of North Carolina and how wealth divides us, controls us and exploits us. Villanueva sheds light on the origins of his Native name and his upbringing in North Carolina. He explains how the method of his leadership skills correlates with that of his ancestral roots. The conversation shifts towards how philanthropy negatively relates to colonization. The topic of Indigenous people’s wisdom and the struggle they are up against and the themes of power and ownership are elaborated.
Decolonizing Wealth’s seven steps to healing are explored, which are; grieve, apologize, listen, relate, represent, invest, and repair. Villanueva discusses the methods of getting to reconciliation in America’s social and justice systems. He then sheds light on his opinion of the idea of white supremacy and while it’s not real, it has real repercussions. The importance of grieving the events happening in our society is then examined.
Villanueva talks about philanthropy’s secrets of how its wealth was amassed and the importance of being honest on how the money was raised. The benefits of communities listening and sharing how contributions came from their ancestors. Villanueva discusses his takeaways from How To Win Friends and Influence People. The importance of diversity and how foundations should reflect who they represent. The topic of Investing our resources for public good is then discussed and who often offers most of their resources.