As regular listeners of the show know, we’ve had the distinct pleasure of covering the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition over the past year or so including getting to hear from each of the eight semi-finalists. The winner was announced in December, and I thought it’d be worth recapping this extraordinary enterprise starting with the woman who oversaw the whole thing.
There is a foundation out in Chicago that shook up the world of philanthropy and beyond by announcing recently that they would award a single $100 million grant to a nonprofit or for profit entity that could come up with a proposal and plan to solve one of the world’s biggest problems. That foundation, also known for a program that has been coined by the media as the”genius grants,” is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. And with us this evening is their Managing Director, Dr. Cecilia Conrad.