Disobedience does, in fact, pay

Three identical portraits of President Ulysses S. Grant over the banner "grants, fellowships and awards""How can we most effectively harness responsible, ethical disobedience aimed at challenging the norms, rules, or laws that sustain society’s injustices?"

That's the question behind the $250,000 MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award, a yet-to-be-decided, one-time prize for a person or group whose works of disobedience improve society. One caveat, Joi Ito said when he announced that the prize is coming: The work must adhere to principles of "non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions." 

The competition isn't open yet. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, here are a few upcoming grants, fellowships and awards from the list that we curate each month as a benefit for our network.

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• TED Fellowships
Deadline: July 30, 2016
Details: Twenty fellowships support attendance at the TED conference, including food, lodging and travel. Fellows participate in skill-building workshops, deliver their talk on stage, and participate in the conference as a regular attendee.
Website: http://www.ted.com/fellows

• Jacobs Science Writer Fellowship 2016
Deadline: Aug. 21
Details: Provides travel and ground costs for five science, society or health policy journalists from the United States and the United Kingdom to Zurich, Switzerland, and includes a five-day program in Zurich from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, 2016.
Website: http://jacobsfoundation.org/project/jacobs-science-writer-fellowship/

• Radcliffe Fellowships at Harvard
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2016
Details: Up to $75,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses for a class of 50 fellows in residence at Harvard. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2017 through May 31, 2018. Visual, film, and video artists may apply to come for either one or two semesters.
Website: http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program

5 Signs It's Time To Apply 

A reporter standing in the middle of an obvious insane gale gets knocked down by a flying stopsign.1. There are two kinds of people in an election year, and Washington, D.C.'s public radio station is hiring the kind that runs toward chaos. (WAMU's hiring spree continues)

2. General assignment reporter in one of the most interesting economies in the United States? More like Yepsilanti, amirite*? (WEMU)

3. Dream job: Help local newsrooms figure out how to sustain themselves. Teach others what they've learned. Give money away. (Democracy Fund)

4. You are bilingual, based in New York, and want to support a team telling gorgeous stories out of Latin America. (Radio Ambulante)

5. Rainmakers: Music City's NPR station needs a development manager. Thank-you notes must meet Southern standards. (Nashville Public Radio)

* We do not apologize.

Live in America today: A case study for diversity

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"To a casual eye, half the audience in the theater represented the station’s white, highly educated core audience, who probably turned out after hearing promos that aired in heavy rotation on the station.

"The other half was mostly black family, friends and supporters of the teens on stage. They were encountering public media in a new way, or perhaps for the first time.

"That’s how it appeared, anyway. And that’s what WUWM and the Precious Lives team — and my team, in our role as the producing entity and architect of Localore: Finding America — hoped could happen when public media turned over its microphones, digital and broadcast platforms, and physical spaces to let communities tell their own stories, on their own terms.

"Here’s our next challenge as the local incubation phase of Localore winds down: figuring out what really happens when public media convenes these special live events. 

"... We believe that our approach will ultimately lead to an expansion of voices and perspectives; a public media that effectively reflects more of what it is to live in America today.

– Sue Schardt, writing for Current's diversity issue

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