• Joining the dots

    11 November, 2020

    The Nine Dots Prize welcomes responses that draw on a range of perspectives and disciplines. Steven Connor, Nine Dots Prize Board member and Director of the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), talks about the benefits of taking an interdisciplinary approach to tackling the big issues of our times.   Since […]

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  • Transcript of Nine Dots Prize podcast 4: Lessons in Persuasion

    2 November, 2020

    Jane Tinkler (Nine Dots Prize) Welcome to this podcast – the next in our series that we hope will support and inspire anyone who’s getting ready to enter the Nine Dots Prize – or who just wants to think about how to make their writing more effective.    I’m Jane Tinkler, Senior Manager for the […]

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  • Transcript of Nine Dots Prize podcast 3: Small to Big Picture

    2 November, 2020

    Jane Tinkler (Nine Dots Prize) Hello, and welcome to this podcast for anyone considering applying for the Nine Dots Prize.  I’m Jane Tinkler, Senior Manager for the Prize, and we’re looking for entries that will really stand out and engage readers.  So, we’ve asked three successful writers to share some of their ideas, experience and […]

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  • A note on our anonymous judging process, by Board member Roger Martin

    18 October, 2020

    A key measure of sophistication in a field is one’s ability to make fine distinctions in qualitative properties important to that field. For example, we know a Sommelier is good if she can make a distinction between, say, the taste profiles of a 1985 versus 1986 Bordeaux – two very good years but each with […]

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  • Transcript of Nine Dot Prize podcast 1: Writing Non-Fiction Creatively

    12 October, 2020

    Jane Tinkler (Nine Dots Prize) Hello, and welcome to this podcast for anyone considering applying for the Nine Dots Prize, or interested in writing non-fiction more generally.  I’m Jane Tinkler, Senior Manager for the Nine Dots Prize, and this year we’re looking for entries that will really stand out.  One of the challenges is to […]

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  • A note of encouragement from Professor Simon Goldhill

    9 October, 2020

    It is a great honour to be the chair of the Nine Dots Prize Board. The Nine Dots Prize is quite different from any other prize I know. It is not just for an achievement, it’s a prize that changes the way things happen. When we set a provocative and important question, hundreds of people […]

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  • Read Nine Dots Prize-winning book Bread, Cement, Cactus for free

    28 May, 2020

    Annie Zaidi’s Bread, Cement, Cactus: A Memoir of Belonging and Dislocation is now available to read for free on the Cambridge University Press website. Bread, Cement, Cactus is based on Zaidi’s winning entry to the Nine Dots Prize 2019/2020, which challenged people to respond to the question ‘Is there still no place like home?’ Combining […]

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  • Mumbai-based journalist and playwright wins Nine Dots Prize 2019/2020

    29 May, 2019

    Entries were judged anonymously by leading international thinkers including Anne Applebaum, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Ira Katznelson and David Runciman 40-year-old Annie Zaidi, a freelance writer whose work includes reportage, essays, short stories, poetry and plays, has been announced as the winner of the US$100,000 Nine Dots Prize 2019/2020. Now in its second cycle, the Prize – […]

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  • Extract from ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’

    29 May, 2019

    Annie Zaidi won the Nine Dots Prize 2019/2020 with her entry ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’. Here is an extract from Zaidi’s 3,000-word response to the question ‘Is there still no place like home?’: In Muhammadabad, a mofussil village struggling to morph into a town, we trace fourteen generations. The uncle who told me this is now […]

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  • Nine Dots Prize winner selected as Princeton Pre-read

    12 April, 2019

    Our inaugural winner James Williams has had his Nine Dots Prize-winning book, Stand Out of Our Light, selected as this year’s Princeton University Pre-read. Every year Princeton’s President Christopher L. Eisgruber selects a Pre-read to introduce first-year students to the intellectual life of the University by offering opportunities to discuss a book that other members […]

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  • Nine Dots Prize releases second podcast on diversity

    14 December, 2018

    The Nine Dots Prize has created a series of podcasts giving tips and advice to those thinking of submitting an answer to our question, ‘Is there still no place like home?’ Our second podcast looks at the importance of diversity and why the Nine Dots Prize wants to encourage answers from a broad range of […]

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  • Nine Dots Prize releases first podcast on writing creative non-fiction

    8 October, 2018

    The Nine Dots Prize has created a podcast to help those who are considering applying for the Prize, giving tips, advice and insight into what the Board is looking for in a winning entry. The first podcast is about writing non-fiction in a creative and engaging way. One of the challenges of the prize is […]

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  • Inaugural Nine Dots Prize book published today

    31 May, 2018

    “a landmark book” – the Observer   Clickbait. Fake news. Notifications. Auto-playing videos. In the ‘Information Age,’ our world often seems like an endless avalanche of distractions. However, far from being mere minor annoyances, these ‘distractions’ are in fact symptoms of a deep, dark problem that lurks at the heart of modern media: our digital […]

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  • Oxford student and former Google employee wins inaugural $100,000 Nine Dots Prize

    30 May, 2017

    35-year-old James Williams, a doctoral candidate researching design ethics at Oxford University, has been announced today (Tuesday 30th May 2017) as the inaugural winner of the US$100,000 Nine Dots Prize. Up against competition from over 700 other entrants from around the world, Williams’ 3,000-word answer to the set question ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ […]

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  • Extracts from Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Persuasion in the Attention Economy

    30 May, 2017

    James Williams won the inaugural Nine Dots Prize with his entry Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Persuasion in the Attention Economy. Here are some sample extracts from his 3,000-word response to the question Are digital technologies making politics impossible?   Extract 1: Digital technologies privilege our impulses over our intentions. They are increasingly […]

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  • Over 700 entries submitted to inaugural Nine Dots Prize

    1 February, 2017

    Submissions for the inaugural Nine Dots Prize have closed, with over 700 entries received before the deadline of midnight GMT on 31st January 2017. Answers to the Prize question – Are digital technologies making politics impossible? – have come from all four corners of the globe and from an array of professions including academics, journalists, […]

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  • The Nine Dots Prize on CBC Radio

    28 November, 2016

    Last week, Nine Dots Prize Board member Professor David Runciman appeared on Canada’s national public radio broadcaster, CBC Radio, to talk about the inaugural Nine Dots Prize question. Professor Runciman spoke to Nora Young, presenter of CBC’s Spark, a programme that explores how technology, innovation and design affects our lives. When asked why the Board […]

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  • David Runciman on the Nine Dots Prize question

    31 October, 2016

    Politics at the moment is as noisy as it’s ever been in my lifetime. That is why we at the Nine Dots prize are offering $100,000 for the best answer to the question: are digital technologies making politics impossible? The aim of the prize is to cut through the noise of social and political commentary […]

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  • Behind the scenes of the Nine Dots Prize launch…

    26 October, 2016

    To mark the launch of the Nine Dots Prize, we organised a Rodin-inspired photo shoot – using the iconic image of The Thinker to communicate our aim of encouraging innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing how it was done…

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  • ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ – Inaugural Nine Dots Prize offers $100,000 for the best response

    21 October, 2016

    A new prize launched today (Friday 21 October 2016) is offering US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press to whoever can best answer the question ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ The Nine Dots Prize is designed to promote and encourage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. Its name references […]

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