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If you have two worlds: a world of haves and have-nots, often the paradigm is donor/recipient. The concept of social banking is that you invest in society because society can be productive. There are elements of society that simply need that partnership. I use the phrase "combining the money forces of the market economy with the community forces of the social economy."

Peter Ondeng,
CEO, NEPAD Kenya Secretariat, UNAIDS Interview

...industrialised countries have plundered the intellectual property of the developing world. This knowledge was often acquired over many generations and for a long time the need for protection was recognised. It has taken examples such as basmati rice and the neem seed for India to wake up and litigate.

Professor U.R. Rao,
Rector, Bangalore University, India, EPO Interview

With regard to equity for future generations, we want to leave them with a world that is not depleted. They will, however, be richer than us, so the question is how much sacrifice should be made for them? Most economists believe that a bargain ought to be struck – a hypothetical market transaction.

W. Kip Viscusi,
John F. Cogan Professor of Law and Economics and Director of the Programme on Empirical Law Studies, Harvard Law school, RiskWorld interview

By patenting, you could be giving the gift of discovery to your competitors, and putting yourself at a disadvantage... The more complex the invention, the more illusive protection becomes. We are dealing with things that are increasingly complex.

Professor Jean-Pierre Contzen,
Chairman, Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations University, EPO Interview

These days, we are moving in a direction where the invention is the product. The distance between the time of an invention and the time when the product is brought into market is becoming shorter and shorter. In this situation patents gain considerably in importance as they are the only means to protect an idea.

David Kappos,
Vice President, IBM and Assistant General Council of Intellectual Property, EPO Interview

How can we find a means of living together on Earth which also preserves the environment for future generations? However brilliant it may be, human genius will be of no use to us if the planet is destroyed.

Professor Jean-Yves Le Déaut,
Socialist Party, Assemblée Nationale, EPO Interview

There are certain basic things that people need to survive and reproduce: water, food and clean air. These basic human needs get people very riled up. The current political and industrial system is a capitalist market based system that has to satisfy these basic needs. If these basic necessities were to become unsustainable, everything would be obliged to change.

Jeremy Webb,
Editor, New Scientist, EPO Interview

The present system in most OECD countries is no longer sustainable. Society has to maintain a situation where there is a sense of community and societal protection, yet a belief that individuals are in charge of their own actions, and have to take responsibility for them.

Pierre-Alain Schieb,
OECD, RiskWorld interview

Under the law, a gift is a transfer of property, including intellectual property, with no strings attached. In law [it] is therefore the simplest, least complicated form of transfer of property rights. This concept misunderstands how gifts work culturally, where the gift is one of the most central elements of human interaction, and an essential part of establishing and maintaining human relationships.

Dr Tom Murray,
President, The Hastings Center; Former Commissioner, National Bioethics Advisory Commission, EPO Interview

My interest is in knowing whether the present trend of growing civil-society participation will lead to more positive change in development within the multilateral fora. Civil society is breathing new life into this issue, and it has managed to change the agenda significantly.

Dr Roberto Jaguaribe,
President, Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), EPO Interview

There is a need for a change of mindset, and what could catalyse this? ...The bottom-up option is the only sustainable way – the public forcing an agenda and governments showing the way by creating awareness and allocating resources for research. The ultimate trigger will be civil society...

Rajendra K. Pachauri,
Chairman, International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), Director, Tata Energy Research Institute, New Delhi, RiskWorld interview

Legal institutions will be one of the forums in which these risk issues will be developed and debated... Law has this marvellous contextual characteristic, and it is important to see it not as a defect but as one of the few areas of life where one can reason on contested issues without resorting to violence.

Professor Tom Heller,
Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Studies, Stanford University, RiskWorld interview

The risks that will be most challenging to society in the future will be systemic risks: risks that arise from the deformations and perturbations of our combined social, technical and natural systems. Such risks present new challenges, as up to now risks have been seen and managed in isolation, each with its own science and bureaucracy.

Jerry Ravetz,
Philosopher at large, RiskWorld interview