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New GIC Article in Yes! Magazine: "A Global Innovation Commons For Clean Tech"

A Global Innovation Commons for Clean Tech
By David Bollier - Yes! Magazine & Policy Innovations: The Central Address for Fairer Globalization - 20.Jan.2010

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Victoria Hale, An Uncommon Hero Eradicating Black Fever (Leishmaniasis).

"Meet Victoria Hale. In the year 2000 Victoria Hale launched the Institute for OneWorld Health, a nonprofit pharmaceutical company that develops drugs and vaccines for diseases that primarily affect developing countries. Although infectious diseases account for only 10 percent of deaths in developed countries, they cause 60 percent of deaths among the world's poorest people. OneWorld intends to bring drugs to market at costs affordable to poor people and countries. It has set up a manufacturing and marketing collaborative to begin production of its first drug, which will treat Visceral Leishmaniasis, a fatal tropical disease transmitted by insect bites that currently afflicts 1.5 million. Learn about her story in this episode of Uncommon Heroes, funded by the Skoll Foundation. More information at www.skollfoundation.org." - Skoll Foundation

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ResearchGATE Links Agriculture

"The ResearchGATE site links researchers from around the world and is driving homegrown, locally relevant innovation in developing nations." (From CAS-IP)

http://casipblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/researchgate-and-its-savvy-use-of-the-web/

In relation to the GIC, the Agriculture module directly aligns by connecting relevant communities of researchers.

https://www.researchgate.net/science/748_Agricultural_science

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Doctors Without Borders: Lack of R&D and Scale Up of Treatment Plagues Patients with Neglected Diseases

Doctors with out borders have begun treating patients with Chagas Disease but a lack of research and development stops them from treatment methods. The Global Innovation Commons has the methods to help them.

http://doctorswithoutborders.org/publications/topten/2009/story.cfm?id=4107&cat=top-ten-humantarian-crises

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Welcome to Global Innovation Commons

Welcome to the Global Innovation Commons, a partnership development project by M·CAM, infoDev and GUD.

What would happen if you were given over $2 trillion? That's right, if someone walked up to you and gave you $2 trillion. That could never happen, right?

In fact, that is exactly what has just happened.

While the patent system has been around since the 17th century when it was developed by nobles in Italy and England, it may surprise you that the system was designed to benefit you. Patents were supposed to be a public disclosure to advance science and useful knowledge. If someone shared sufficient information to teach the public about a novel development or useful technology, they would have a limited time (about 20 years) to decide who could use that idea.

There's some bad news and some good news. First, the bad news: For the past 30 years, patents have been abused. Rather than serving the public's expansion of knowledge, they've been used as business and legal weapons. Over 50,000,000 patents covering everything you do have served to keep you from benefiting in many aspects of your life. Many life-saving treatments have been kept from the market because they threaten established business interests. The world's ecosystem has been severely damaged because efficiencies have been kept from entereing the market.

In the face of all this, however, there is the good news: The thirty year "cold war" of innovation is over. Today, you now have access to it all. In the Global Innovation Commons, we have assembled hundreds of thousands of innovations - most in the form of patents - which are either expired, no-longer maintained (meaning that the fees to keep the patents in force have lapsed), disallowed, or unprotected in most, if not all, relevant markets. This means that, as of right now, you can take a step into a world full of possibilities, not roadblocks. You want clean water for China or Sudan - it's in here. You want carbon-free energy - it's in here. You want food production for Asia or South America - it's in here.

But here's the catch. We're sharing this under a license. The license is really simple. If you use this information, you must share what you're doing with everyone else. If you improve upon it, you must share your improvements with everyone else. And finally, if you use any of this information, you must reference the "Global Innovation Commons." That's it. When you take the next step, turn the possibilities into realities.

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