【時事英文】聽過The Nine Dots Prize嗎?讓你的想法被全世界聽見

  

  

無論你身處哪國,只要你有能力用3000字的英文述說一個創新的想法,你就有機會獲得10萬元美金(超過300萬台幣),這其實是 由Kadas Prize Foundation所贊助,並由英國劍橋大學的CRASSH以及劍橋大學出版中心所協辦的The Nine Dots Prize,但其實真正重要的是:他們希望透過這個獎項,來讓我們思考什麼?

AT小助教首先是在社群網站上看到了這個獎項的相關資訊,覺得非常有趣也值得省思,因此,先帶大家來看看活動其中一位評審針對這個題目所發表的看法,最後也小助教也幫大家進行活動資訊的不負責任翻譯,希望大家可以花點時間去認識這項活動。

Are digital technologies making politics impossible?

數位科技有可能改變我們的政治生態嗎?(Readmoo所翻譯)

數位科技是否改變了我們認知的政治形態?(小助教與朋友討論後所翻譯)

來自這個獎項的活動報導節錄

其中一名評審是劍橋大學的政治學教授David Runciman

David Runciman is a professor of politics at Cambridge University and one of the judges.

Runiciman說:「有非常多相關的議題在討論數位科技是如何將政治轉型、如何改變這些政黨的行為模式。但是我們想要探討真正深刻的議題,也就是:數位科技是否改變人們的行為模式?社群媒體可能不利民主政治的發展。」

"There's been a lot of stuff about how digital technology might be transforming politics, making a difference, changing the ways that political parties behave. But we wanted to get to the really big issue, which is: Is it fundamentally changing how people behave? And that might make democracy harder, maybe even impossible," Runciman says.

Runciman說這是個身份政治的議題,他提到數位科技讓人們更兩極化,而不是填補這之間的鴻溝。社群媒體加強人們的單一認同,讓人們與自身觀點相近的人來往。

It's an issue of identity politics, says Runciman. He says that instead of bridging gaps, digital technology has been polarizing. Social media makes it easier for people to choose and then reinforce the identities they want to have and the communities they want to belong to.

而假新聞的傳播確實會影響政治,但這並不限於出現Facebook等社群網站的這個世代,在過去也有不少透過政治小冊子散播假新聞的民粹主義行動。

The spread of fake news affects politics, and it isn't unique to the Facebook age, Runciman says, referencing old-fashioned political pamphlets distributed during past populist movements.

「其實大多數情況不是人們把假新聞當真,反而是我們把真正正確的資訊看作是假的,我們只透過我們先入為主的身份認同,去篩選我們所獲得的每一則資訊。」

"It's not so much that people are treating fake news as though it were real, it's that we treat real news as though it was fake, in that we take all the news that we get – real, unreal – but we filter it through our preconceived identities."

個人總結

真假資訊的辨識的確不是只有我們這個世代才存在的事,但真正要注意的事情是我們「社群化」的程度愈來愈高,我們開始出現了一些身份上的認同,開始閱讀我們「想看的」資訊,延伸擴展到了政治層面,透過科技所帶來的轉變,真的改變了我們的思考跟行為嗎?又或者,已經有什麼東西無法再回到過去了?有許多延伸的議題都可以透過這個題目進行發想。

如果你針對這個問題有自己的見解,真的歡迎你進行投稿,也許能夠讓全世界看見你獨特的見解與想法。


什麼是Nine Dots Prize?

Nine Dots Prize是為了以創新思維去解決現今社會問題所設立的新獎項,每個參加者被要求針對問答回答3000字的內容,而獲獎者可以獲得價值10萬美元的獎金協助你撰寫一本書(Short Book),幫助你擴散你的創新想法。

The Nine Dots Prize is a new prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas.

為什麼要設立這個獎?

這個獎的目的是為了鼓勵透過創意思考來解決當今世界所面臨的問題,而九個點這個名字就是著名水平式思考謎題的意思,希望你能夠跳出盒子來思考(thinking outside the box)該如何解決問題。(註:該謎題是要用四條直線將3x3九個點都連結到。)

The aim of the Prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. The name of the Prize references the nine dots puzzle – a lateral thinking puzzle which can only be solved by thinking outside the box.

參加者主要需要準備什麼?

參加者必須繳交3000字的回答,以及一份預計撰寫書籍的大綱,並且說明為什麼你有辦法透過網路的形式、在九個月內完成這本書。

Entrants must submit their 3,000-word response, an outline structure for their proposed book and a justification of their ability to complete the book in nine months via an online submission form.

如何選出獲獎者?得獎之後要做什麼?

 

獲獎者會以匿名的形式由12個具有國際知名且優秀的學者、作家、記者、或思想家所評選,並且由英國劍橋大學CRASSH的執行長Simon Goldhill所主持。

The winner will be anonymously chosen by a Board of 12 internationally recognised and distinguished academics, authors, journalists and thinkers, chaired by Professor Simon Goldhill, director of CRASSH at the University of Cambridge.

英國劍橋大學出版中心將會提供得獎者寫作跟編輯的指導與協助,而這本書將會透過這個出版中心在2018年的5月發行,而這本書也會能夠以公開的形式被大眾所獲得。

Cambridge University Press will provide support and editorial assistance to the Prize winner, whose book will be published by the Press in May 2018. The book will also be made available in an open access format.

誰可以參加呢?

所有18歲以上的人都有資格參加,但是這本書必須是要以英文寫成的。我們在尋找的是創新的思想,無論它來自於全新的大眾或者是知名的作家。這個獎項的核心圍繞在社會科學,但我們仍然歡迎透過不同領域、或者是跨領域多樣的思維來進行回答。如果這個解決方式是由很多人一同完成,這點將會被評審考量。但提案中的特定章節的全部都是由其他作者所貢獻,這部分是不被接受的。

All those 18 years of age and over are welcome to enter but responses and the resulting book must be in English. We are looking for innovative thinking, whether this comes from new voices or from experienced authors. The Prize’s heartland is in the social sciences, but we welcome responses that draw on all disciplines and cross-discipline thinking. Joint responses from multiple authors will be considered, although proposals that put forward a number of authors all contributing single sections (such as an edited collection) will not be accepted.

評選方式為何?

這個獎項將會以匿名的方式處理。評審團會挑出他們認為本期問題最佳的問題給予獎金,回答問題的方式可以是批評、贊同、反對、或者是拒絕題目的假定,但它必須與這個題目完全相關並且具有洞見。

The Prize will be awarded anonymously. The Board will award the Prize to the entry that in their view best responds to the set question. Responses can critique, agree or disagree with, or reject the premise of the question, but they must engage with it fully and insightfully.

評審團將會檢視作者所提出溝通、結論、建議的內容,這些被提出想法或論述中是否具備原創性。回答可能會從各方引用研究結果或者是實證資料,而這些引用資料並不限定在社會科學領域,也可引用其他領域。

The Board will look for originality of the ideas and arguments put forward, the ways in which the ideas are communicated and the conclusions or recommendations that the author(s) reach. Responses may draw on research and evidence from a wide variety of sources and disciplines not restricted solely to the social sciences.

關於經營團隊

The Prize is sponsored by the Kadas Prize Foundation with support from CRASSH at the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Press. We have a Board made up of 12 distinguished experts. Day to day, the Prize is run by the Senior Prize Manager.

這個獎項的團隊組要是由Kadas Prize Foundation所贊助,並由英國劍橋大學的CRASSH以及劍橋大學出版中心所協辦,我們的評審團由12位優秀的專家所組成,這筆獎金則由我們的Senior Prize Manager所經營。

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