IPS is holding an Idea Slam competition as part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion. Contestants in the Idea Slam will respond to the questions: “Got an idea to change the world? How would you create positive change? Share an idea on inequality, climate change, poverty, education, peace, justice, or any other progressive issue – or an idea that brings them all together.”
First, second, and third prizes will be awarded to contestants who present a fresh, edgy, innovative idea. Contestants will share their big ideas in front of a live audience of 300-600 people. They will be judged on the merits of their ideas as well as the creativity, viability, effectiveness, and impact of the idea.
The first place winner of the Idea Slam will be awarded the Ideas Into Action Fellowship at IPS for a duration of ONE YEAR beginning January 1, 2014.
This fellowship would grant the following rights and privileges to the Ideas Into Action Fellow:
- Use of the title of Ideas Into Action Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies
- Biography listed on the IPS website in Associate Fellows section
- Ability to attend IPS staff meetings and Program Councils (in person or on the phone). Opportunity to be published on IPS website and/or IPS project websites, pending consultation with editors
- Consultation with editor of OtherWords, publication of IPS’s opinion editorial
- Use of an IPS e-mail address hosted at www.ips-dc.org, i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Capacity to receive mail at IPS offices, use fax machine and copier, and reserve conference room,within reason
- Permission to attend IPS functions, brown bag discussions, workshops, and other special events
- Periodic consultation with John Cavanagh and/or Joy Zarembka and/or Ethelbert Miller on strategy for idea implementation
Please note that the “Ideas Into Action” Fellowship does not offer additional funding or office space to the winner.
The Ideas Into Action Fellowship is designed to give new, innovative activists a jumpstart, or give experienced activists a platform to help their idea succeed. The objective is to assist the Idea Slam winner in making his/her idea a reality — conducting effective advocacy, pursuing their vision of utopia, and helping all of us build a better world.