MIT recently announced that it is offering a $250,000 Disobedience Award for someone who offers “an extraordinary example of disobedience for the benefit of society.” Because, “You don’t change the world by doing what you’re told.” Is this meant to encourage civil disobedience? Of course, because “Laws evolve over time and are meant to be challenged.”
The guidelines specifically call on the principles of “non-violence, creativity, courage” and say nominations should not be limited to examples from politics or civil rights but can also include those who strike a blow for “the freedom to innovate.” The New York Times describes it as an award for “breaking the rules.”
Submissions are still open until May 1, which is good because I would like to make a timely nomination. The award should go to: Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber.
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