MIT Media Lab Award

“You don’t change the world by doing what you’re told” – Joi Ito, Director MIT Media Lab

The MIT Media Lab is accepting applications through May 1 for a no-strings-attached $250,000 Disobedience Award. This award will go to a person or group engaged in what they 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, they 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. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2017

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