This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post
Disagree with the President on foreign policy? Have better ideas on averting the fiscal cliff? Well, here’s your chance to throw your in your two cents.
Looking@Democracy, a competition launched by The Illinois Humanities Council and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is asking great minds to create multimedia that offers suggestions on strengthening democracy. The foundation will be giving away $100,000 in prizes for short provocative submissions that create a dialogue about government’s role, according to the foundation’s statement.
Submissions such as videos, graphics, podcasts, public service announcements and music videos qualify — as long as they are digital and share a story about rethinking and improving democracy. Submissions can be made online through April 30, 2013, according to the event’s official website.
“Given our perception that the political system has failed to adequately address major issues confronting the nation, MacArthur seeks to stimulate discussion about the future of the Republic and invests in promising ideas to help enhance democratic ideals, institutions, and practices,” MacArthur Foundation president, Robert Gallucci says in a press release about the competition.
Research agrees with Gallucci’s statement. According to a recent Gallup poll, only one in 10 Americans is satisfied with the job Congress is doing.
The foundation, known for its “genius grants” given to recipients who demonstrate remarkable creativity in variety of fields, wants to engage and enable citizens to share their ideas about improving their country’s government.