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Do we reward disobedience?

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

It’s a simple idea: now in its second year — see the video above for interviews with 2017’s winners — they give a cash prize to support non-violent, creative, courageous actions that are:

“an extraordinary example of disobedience for the benefit of society”

And it’s not small money either or given with lots of conditions: $250,000 with apparently no strings attached (and therefore a lot of trust).

The Disobedience Award has come out of the States, but could we learn from it here? We’ve heard through Civil Society Futures views like:

“charities are seen to have become part of the very system they were set up to challenge”

Some funders such as Edge Fund are trying to achieve more radical change:

“don’t just distribute funds but redistribute power”

Is it time for more of this?

How disobedient do you dare to be?

6th August 2018