Commons for Public Health - 2013
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
- Lukas Fendel, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)
- Peter Tinnemann, Institut für Sozialmedizin @ Charité Berlin
- Commons Strategies Group, Silke Helfrich
- + max. 2 other partners (to be specified)
We are currently looking for further partners.
Working Language: English
Participants: 25 max.
Event format: expert / discussion “salon”
'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."
- Health / Biomedical R&D
- Suerie Moon - Harvard University (USA)
- Rachel Kiddell-Monroe - President, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) (Canada)
- Christine Ardal - Oslo University, Norway (Norway)
- Christine Godt - University of Oldenburg, Chair of European and International Economic Law, Civil Law (Germany)
- Geertrui van Overwalle - Leuven University, Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (Belgium)
- David Hammerstein - Transatlantic Consumer Dialogie (Belgium / Spain)
- Thiru Balasubramaniam - KEI
- Christian Wagner-Ahlfs - BUKO Pharma Kampagne (Germany)
- Stefan Tuschen - Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)
- Sonja Weinrich - Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst(Germany)
- Thomas Gebauer
- Silke Helfrich
- Peter Tinnemann - Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics at the Charité University Medical Center (Germany)
- Food / Seeds
- Software / OA / Knowledge / General Licensing