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Side-Event to the „[[Economics of the Commons Conference]] – From Seed Form to Core Paradigm” (ECC), for further information on ECC see: [[Overview_of_the_Economics_of_the_Commons_Conference]]
 
Side-Event to the „[[Economics of the Commons Conference]] – From Seed Form to Core Paradigm” (ECC), for further information on ECC see: [[Overview_of_the_Economics_of_the_Commons_Conference]]
  
'''Working Title''':  ''Public research for the public benefit. Towards a commons-based knowledge transfer and innovation system''
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'''Working Title''':  <big>Commons for a Healthy Public</big>
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- Public research for the public benefit. Towards a commons-based knowledge transfer and innovation system'
  
'''Idea''': Publicly funded research plays the key role in generating solutions to tackle major societal challenges – in health, food, green technologies, culture & arts, and other sectors. Yet within the current innovation and tech transfer paradigm, these inventions often don’t reach their full potential to serve the public good. Not only does the current mode of commercialization entail restricted access to the fruits of public investment, it also tends to foster concentration and lack of transparency -  all of them classical consequences of the enclosure of the (knowledge) commons.
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'''Idea''': Publicly funded research plays the key role in generating solutions to tackle major societal challenges – in health, food, green technologies, culture & arts, and other sectors. Yet within the current innovation and techology transfer paradigm, often these inventions do not reach their full potential to serve the public good. The current model of commercialization entails restricted access to the fruits of public investment, lack of transparency and it tends to foster monopolies. Cassical consequences of the enclosure of the (knowledge) commons.
  
Increasingly, initiatives are seeking ways to make publicly generated knowledge available for the greater public benefit. The “Open Access” movement is gaining momentum in the battle for better access to knowledge. In other (“harder”) areas, where intellectual property rights (such as patents) constitute the basis for private commercial exploitation of knowledge, more public awareness and new civil society alliances are still desperately needed. Not only to reclaim the (knowledge) commons, but to co-develop frameworks, tools and legal mechanisms to protect them.
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Increasingly initiatives are seeking ways to make publicly generated knowledge available for the greater public benefit. The “Open Access” movement is gaining momentum in the battle for better access to knowledge.
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But intellectual property rights, for example patents, still constitute the basis for private commercial exploitation of knowledge. More public awareness and new civil society alliances are desperately needed, not only to reclaim the (knowledge) commons, but to co-develop frameworks, tools and legal mechanisms to protect them.
  
The different initiatives around the world who struggle for saving our seeds (as commons), the “Access to Medicines” movement and the “green tech” movement have independently sought to / started to design and to establish legal mechanisms and policy concepts that would foster the general availability of public innovations and protect them from re-appropriation. Just as the Free Software and Free Culture movement came up with protecting software and content as a commons via – for instance – the “Copyleft” mechanism.
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Dfferent initiatives around the world currently struggle to "save our seeds" (as commons), achieve “access to medicines” or disseminante “green techologies”, amongst others.  In the past these movements independently started to design and to establish legal mechanisms. They sought policy concepts that could foster the general availability of public innovations and protect them from re-appropriation - just as the "Free Software" and "Free Culture" movements  protected software and content via – for instance – the “Copyleft” mechanism as a commons.
These movements could greatly benefit from a joint analysis, an exchange of “best practices” and “lessons learnt”, and a debate on future strategies.
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We believe, all of these movements could benefit greatly from joint analysis, exchange of good practice and lessons learnt, and should debate jointly future strategies.
  
 
=Date and Venue=
 
=Date and Venue=

Revision as of 13:44, 21 March 2013


Concept

Side-Event to the „Economics of the Commons Conference – From Seed Form to Core Paradigm” (ECC), for further information on ECC see: Overview_of_the_Economics_of_the_Commons_Conference

Working Title: Commons for a Healthy Public - Public research for the public benefit. Towards a commons-based knowledge transfer and innovation system'

Idea: Publicly funded research plays the key role in generating solutions to tackle major societal challenges – in health, food, green technologies, culture & arts, and other sectors. Yet within the current innovation and techology transfer paradigm, often these inventions do not reach their full potential to serve the public good. The current model of commercialization entails restricted access to the fruits of public investment, lack of transparency and it tends to foster monopolies. Cassical consequences of the enclosure of the (knowledge) commons.

Increasingly initiatives are seeking ways to make publicly generated knowledge available for the greater public benefit. The “Open Access” movement is gaining momentum in the battle for better access to knowledge. But intellectual property rights, for example patents, still constitute the basis for private commercial exploitation of knowledge. More public awareness and new civil society alliances are desperately needed, not only to reclaim the (knowledge) commons, but to co-develop frameworks, tools and legal mechanisms to protect them.

Dfferent initiatives around the world currently struggle to "save our seeds" (as commons), achieve “access to medicines” or disseminante “green techologies”, amongst others. In the past these movements independently started to design and to establish legal mechanisms. They sought policy concepts that could foster the general availability of public innovations and protect them from re-appropriation - just as the "Free Software" and "Free Culture" movements protected software and content via – for instance – the “Copyleft” mechanism as a commons. We believe, all of these movements could benefit greatly from joint analysis, exchange of good practice and lessons learnt, and should debate jointly future strategies.

Date and Venue

Date: 21st May 2013

Venue: to be specified

Organizers

Contact:

  1. Lukas Fendel, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)
  2. Peter Tinnemann, Institut für Sozialmedizin @ Charité Berlin

Partners:

  1. Commons Strategies Group, Silke Helfrich
  2. + max. 2 other partners (to be specified)

We are currently looking for further partners.

Methodology

Working Language: English

Participants: 25 max.

Event format: expert / discussion “salon”

Objectives

'This side event aims to convene stakeholders from the different movements, to share (legal) knowledge and expertise to deepen our understanding of knowledge as a commons, to mutually improve alternative knowledge innovation frameworks, licensing schemes and incentive mechanisms for enhanced public R&D towards the public good."


Suggested Participants

Health / Biomedical R&D
Food / Seeds
Environment
Software / OA / Knowledge / General Licensing