Application Deadline: May 1, 2017.
This award will go to a person or group engaged in what we believe is an extraordinary example of disobedience for the benefit of society.
What does this mean? Societies and institutions lean toward order and away from chaos. While necessary for functioning, structure can also stifle creativity, flexibility, and productive change–and ultimately, society’s health and sustainability. This is true from academia, to corporations, governments, the sciences, and our local communities.
With this award, we honor work that impacts society in positive ways, and is consistent with a set of key principles. These principles include non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. This disobedience is not limited to specific disciplines; examples include scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech, human rights, and the freedom to innovate.
The MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award seeks to highlight effective, responsible, ethical disobedience across disciplines, and around the world. Disobedience Award objectives are to build awareness and support of disobedience-robust work being done, and to promote role models for younger people.
Eligibility requirements for the $250,000 prize
- The recipient must be living.
- The recipient must have taken a personal risk in order to affect positive change for greater society.
- Both individuals and groups are eligible to win the prize.
- A screening committee composed of a small and diverse group of individuals in the MIT Media Lab network of activists, scientists, designers, and engineers will review the nominations and select the award recipient.
- MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award will be accepting nominations from March 6 to May 1 (eight weeks), and plan to announce the recipient at our summer event on July 21, 2017. We will announce a shortlist of nominees prior to the event.
Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017. Award recipient will be announced live on July 21, 2017.
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