The Grinnell Prize honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. During the week of November 12, 2012 winners visited the campus to participate in the Grinnell Prize Symposium and awards ceremony. Jacob Wood and William McNulty were on campus February 22-27, 2013, as they were unable to come to campus in November.
Through public lectures and interactions with students, they shared their experiences and perspectives in effecting positive and innovative social change. Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, an organization committed to "a sustainable corporate concept of linked prosperity" and an overall mission to "meet human needs and eliminate injustice," delivered the keynote address. Videos of these public lectures are now available in the "2012 Winners" section under "Symposium Highlights."
Winners of the 2012 Grinnell Prize:
Cristi Hegranes and Global Press Institute have two major goals: to empower women by providing comprehensive journalism training which leads to employment with GPI, and using high-quality, locally produced journalism to address issues of large-scale, structural social justice.
Jacob Wood and William McNulty's Team Rubicon uses the special skills of military veterans to rapidly respond to disasters across the world. Team Rubicon's model aids veterans with the process of reintegrating into civilian life, as well as providing effective and rapid disaster relief.
Jane Chen and Linus Liang's Embrace distributes an innovative low-cost infant warmer to low-income communities around the world, and is now working to develop new health-care products specially tailored for the developing world.
The Grinnell Prize: An Introduction
The Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.
Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to an organization committed to the winner’s area of social justice, for a total of up to $300,000 in prize awards.
The inauguration of Grinnell College's 13th president Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D in 2011 marked a transition point for the college. The prize commemorates the occasion and celebrates Grinnell’s historic and future commitment to positive social change.
Contact the Prize Office at email@example.com if you have questions.