the best kind of contest
As 'ambitious' Harvard elites vying for résumé-worthy achievements and accolades, most of us were raised to think (and actually believe, on some level) that zero-sum is the only worthy game in town. What good is winning if no one else loses? But Harvard Green Campus Initiative, organizer of the 'emPOWER harvard' campaign, has devised a competition boasting the best of both capitalistic and communitarian ideal-typical worlds: the kind of merit-based contest (neither random nor rigged) where winners earn prizes and bragging rights by virtue of their efforts, where everyone can potentially win simultaneously, and where everyone's efforts benefit the community as a whole. Not even the Crimson can resist Harvard environmentalist groups' feel-good/do-good strategies that have helped the University earn a 2005 Green Power Leadership Award. So take 20 seconds out of your pre-Thanksgiving-frenzy day to sign the online emPOWER harvard pledge, help earn renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset energy costs in your house, and, in short, do what Harvard kids like us do best: win big.