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There was a great turnout for the Round One webinar on September 13, with great questions ranging from what impact looks like to where work has to be based to what the Foundation is looking for in applicants. To listen to this webinar, click on the link below.

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The Roddenberry Foundation is launching the selection process for the 2019 cohort of the annual Roddenberry Fellowship. This fellowship will support 20 activists from across the United States who will each receive $50k to pursue a project or initiative in one of four areas:

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The Fellowship includes tailored support for each activist as they launch a new initiative or amplify an existing early-stage project.

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“We continue to see the need for extraordinary individuals to challenge the rising nationalism and bigotry on display across the US,” says Lior Ipp, CEO of The Roddenberry Foundation. “We’re honored to support those who exemplify the type of activism and engagement that is needed to promote and protect equal rights for all.”

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The Foundation has recruited 23 extraordinary judges — writers, academics, journalists, activists, and community leaders — to select this year’s Fellows, including Roxane Gay, Bakari Sellers, Ai-Jen Poo, Anita Hill, and Carol Browner. Visit our website to view a list of all of the judges.

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“Last year’s inaugural cohort showed us what’s possible when the voices and ideas of those who believe in justice and equal rights can flourish,” says Heidi Roddenberry, board president. “This is the way forward for our country.”

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Applications are due by September 19, 2018. Fellows will be announced December 2018, and the one-year program will begin in January 2019.

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More information: www.roddenberryfellowship.org

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About The Roddenberry Foundation\n
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Launched in 2010, The Roddenberry Foundation is committed to finding and supporting remarkable people and organizations that can disrupt existing dynamics, challenge old patterns of thought, and discover new ways to help us move towards a better future.

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We provide grants to accelerate the development of great, untested ideas and invest in models that are challenging the status quo and improving the human condition. Together, our interconnected initiatives offer opportunities for original thinkers and innovators from all walks to life to pursue significant, lasting change.

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www.roddenberryfoundation.org

If you would like more information about the Roddenberry Fellowship, please contact Sarah Peck at Sarah@RoddenberryFoundation.org

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Fast Company writes:

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Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry dreamed of an inclusive, tolerant, and peaceful world–like the one he made on the fictitious USS Enterprise. In the famously utopian show, race is irrelevant, all religion is tolerated, and technology solves big problems, from how to replicate food out of nothing, to how to fly a spaceship across many galaxies.

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By now, Roddenberry, who died in 1991, might not have imagined real-world technology catching up with sci-fi. Teleportation is still pretty far away. But he might have thought we’d have taken a step forward on the whole tolerance-peace thing. Instead, arguably, we’ve gone backward in the last 25 years.

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Usually, the foundation looks to fund early-stage technology in fields like education, energy, and agriculture. Last year, it gave away $1 million to a string of startups, including Opus 12, which is converting carbon dioxide emissions into useful products like new fuels. In the age of Trump, the foundation is switching gears somewhat. It now sees the need to fund activists as well as technology innovators.

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“The board got together after the election and we felt that we couldn’t continue with business as usual,” Ipp says. “We are still looking for bold ideas and creative solutions, but this is a pivot for us to invest in activists and activism.”

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Launched in 2010 to honor the life and legacy of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, The Roddenberry Foundation offers opportunities for original thinkers and innovators from all walks of life to pursue significant, lasting social change. The Foundation is committed to finding and supporting remarkable people and organizations that disrupt existing dynamics and challenge convention through its Catalyst Fund, a small grants program for early-stage ideas, its annual Roddenberry Fellowship, and the Roddenberry Prize, a biennial competition to crowd-source innovative solutions to global challenges.

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