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I’m the “Honourary Steward” for this year’s Shuttleworth Fellowship, this being a valuable and prestigious prize given to people who are undertaking to make the world a better, more open place (“social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and could benefit from a social investment model with a difference”).

Being Honourary Steward means that I help choose the grantees; I’m the second Honourary Steward, following in Joi Ito’s footsteps. I’m incredibly honoured to be a part of this; the list of fellows is nothing less than amazing.

The application process is simple and relatively painless; applications are due on Nov 1.

We are thrilled to announce that Cory Doctorow has agreed to be our next Honorary Steward, selecting Fellows for the March 2017 Fellowship round. As a journalist, science fiction writer, copyright activist and technologist, Cory brings a breadth of experience, combined into a unique perspective. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to him expanding the perspective of the fellowship. We support individuals to implement their vision for positive social change, with openness at the centre of their approach. We continue to look for applicants with a strong idea of the world they would like to live in and the contribution they can make towards it. Cory will help us identify which of the candidates best embrace openness and whose innovative idea has the most potential to make a difference in their chosen field.

Doctorow/Shuttleworth collaboration
[Shuttleworth Foundation]