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This may sound like a horrible thing to be awarding someone for, but it would seem that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology abbreviated MIT has decided to create a competition awarding Civil Disobedience. The competition is offering an unprecedented $350.000 for an individual to prove themselves worthy of an action of Civil Disobedience that is beneficial to man kind.
MIT Rewarding Disobedience
Yes, this where we are now in the world we live in today. We now have individuals rallying like never before in protest after protest. We have individuals rallying together on social media to form rallies against injustices, and now we have a competition for the leader of such a movement who helps to benefit the people the most.
This may seem like something that is encouraging discord and telling people to be disobedient. But there are those who have been revered in the past for taking an active stand against the injustice they saw around them. Notable individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Galileo Galilei, Sitting Bull, and even the Founding Father’s of the United States. Basically what MIT is doing is looking for the next great leader to take on the battle to help those around them.
To be considered even a candidate for this monetary award isn’t easy. According to the guidelines brought forth is that the individual or even group must have done this at great risk to themselves. In other words, just picking up a picket sign or taking part in a demonstration isn’t enough. A person or group has to be willing to take their stand no matter what the risk or loss as stated by Reid Hoffman who co-founded Linked-in and is funding this award.
“My hope is that the prize helps us understand that the way we make progress as a society and as humanity is by recognizing the right heroes who take personal risk, and sometimes that risk is a form of disobedience to help us evolve as humanity, ”
Although the announcement of this competition is quite recent, the idea of this award has been in the works for quite some time. Submissions are now being taken by MIT for possible recipients. The winner of the award will be announced on July 21st. Who knows this could become an annual event, but taking a stand against injustice should be it’s own award none the less.
The winner will be chosen by a committee within the Media Lab network on July 21st, 2017.