LA's Largely Unknown Prizes Are Helping to Change the World

Monday August 5, 2013 by Carolyn

Everyone knows that the Oscars and the Emmys are awarded in Los Angeles to entertainment industry figures and firms. And we take pride in this distinction. However, how many people know (here or elsewhere) that major prizes honoring leading humanitarians, social entrepreneurs, scientists, and educators are also based in Southern California? 

Last week, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced that ECPAT International, the leading global network or organizations dedicated to stopping the commercial sexual exploitation of children, has been selected to receive the 2013 Hilton Humanitarian Prize. At $1.5 million, it is the world’s largest prize of its kind.

A number of other prizes are administered from offices in Southern California--the Kravis Prize in Leadership, the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, the Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology, the XPrize (in Energy & Environment; Exploration; Global Development; Learning; and Life Sciences); the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools and the Broad Prize for Urban Education.

These are serious prizes: Awardees of these prizes are selected by experts after being assessed in accordance with rigorous methodologies. They also provide serious cash awards that recipients, in turn, use to solve societal ills.

Take a look at the “Prizes” section of this website to learn more. Prepare to be impressed and inspired by the great work of the awarding organizations and the recipients.