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February 04, 2013

MacArthur Offers $100,000 in Prizes for Ideas to Improve Democracy

Tired of partisan bickering? So is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

And the philanthropy wants to finance your ideas for ending it.

In its latest stab at improving how America’s democracy works, the foundation today unveiled a competition for videos, graphics, animations, public-service announcements, and other short digital submissions designed to spark a conversation on the subject.

The foundation will award $100,000 in prizes for 11 winners* of the Looking@Democracy competition, which runs through April 30.

To spark ideas for submissions, MacArthur suggests two questions:

  • What would you do if you were president for a day?
  • What would a day without government actually be like?

Dig deeper: Read The Chronicle’s look at how MacArthur and other foundations are trying to fix what ails democracy.

*This corrects an earlier version of this story, which suggested that there was only one winner. 

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