Disobedience Award

MIT Media Lab

Nominations for the 2019 Disobedience Award have closed. Winners and finalists will be announced in November 2019; please follow the Media Lab and the #DisobedienceAward hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for updates. 

The Disobedience Award—a $250,000, no-strings-attached prize—recognizes individuals and groups who engage in responsible, ethical disobedience aimed at challenging norms, rules, or laws that sustain society’s injustices. 

This award honors work that is focused on positive impact and is consistent with a set of key principles, including: 

  • nonviolence
  • creativity
  • courage
  • personal responsibility

The award is open to people and groups working in any discipline anywhere in the world, including, but not limited to, scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech, human rights, and the freedom to innovate. By rewarding thoughtful, nonviolent acts of disobedience, we hope to raise the public profile of these activities and ultimately inspire new agents of change. 

Nominate a person or group for the Disobedience Award.

Nominations for the 2019 Disobedience Award have closed. Winners and finalists will be announced in November 2019; please follow the Media Lab and the #DisobedienceAward hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for updates. 

The Disobedience Award—a $250,000, no-strings-attached prize—recognizes individuals and groups who engage in responsible, ethical disobedience aimed at challenging norms, rules, or laws that sustain society’s injustices. 

This award honors work that is focused on positive impact and is consistent with a set of key principles, including: 

  • nonviolence
  • creativity
  • courage
  • personal responsibility

The award is open to people and groups working in any discipline anywhere in the world, including, but not limited to, scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech, human rights, and the freedom to innovate. By rewarding thoughtful, nonviolent acts of disobedience, we hope to raise the public profile of these activities and ultimately inspire new agents of change. 

Nominate a person or group for the Disobedience Award.

Learn more about the Disobedience Award