LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman has backed a $250,000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab prize aimed at promoting “responsible, ethical disobedience aimed at challenging the norms, rules, or laws that sustain society’s injustices,” Media Lab director Joi Ito wrote in a Medium post. The prize will be a onetime offering, potentially repeated in the future if successful.
It will go to a person or group engaged in what we believe is excellent disobedience for the benefit of society. The disobedience that we would like to call out is the kind that seeks to change society in a positive way, and is consistent with a set of key principles. The principles include non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. The disobedience can be in — but is not limited to — the fields of scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech, human rights, and the freedom to innovate.