The Paulo Freire Democratic Project awards are given to individuals and organizations that embody the life and legacy of Paulo Freire, to those who, in his eyes, "dare to teach". They honor both individuals and organizations characterized by intellectual excellence, ethical concern and deep commitment to the creation, nurturing, and sustainability of fair and just communities regardless of location. Teachers herein is not restricted to those associated with formal educational institutions but rather refers to individuals described by Freire as “cultural workers”, as “those who dare to teach” in whatever context they find themselves. In this understanding, organizations themselves are viewed as doing cultural work as well. In both cases, such daring requires a commitment to love. To paraphrase Paulo, we must dare, in the full sense of the word, to speak of love without the fear of being called ridiculous, mawkish, or unscientific, if not antiscientific. We must dare to learn how to dare in order to say no to the bureaucratization of the mind to which we are exposed every day.