Can Open Knowledge Save Your Life?
On Friday July 18th we organised a meet-up at the Betahaus, taking the opportunity to reflect on open knowledge and health R&D with attendees of the Open Knowledge Fest in Berlin.
In the biomedical field, employing the technical concept of open knowledge might not be sufficient to foster the common good though. More conditions apply for making medicines equitably accessible and arriving at a socio-economically sustainable model. How can open knowledge save lives? Issues we discussed:
o How can we ensure that open knowledge is used in function of the common good or public interest, rather than corporate whitewashing, in areas such as biomedical R&D?
o What can access to medicines advocates learn from the great success of the open knowledge movement in terms of reaching a broad public
o What are the current opportunities for pan-movement action, and how should we frame our joint messaging to strike synergies?
Our discussion was not only insightful but also fun, and we are thankful for the people participating on a hot summer day. Outcome? Many things on which we will report later, but one thing is clear:
Yes, open knowledge can save lives, but we need Open knowledge & Open Innovation in the Public Interest.