[A2k] Tech Transfer re Urban Dev: Fwd: Contribute to UN report on Higher Education for Sustainable Urban Development

Seth Johnson seth.p.johnson at gmail.com
Sat Apr 30 23:07:37 PDT 2016

It's very easy to take existing academic projects (of any kind) and frame
them this way.  Just be sure to stress outcomes being not private.  That
is, state that fact.  Perhaps state that they have not been privatized.
That's the point, to reverse the forces turning the UN's tech transfer
thrust into privatization (as they have since the latter 1970's), by
assuring this report reflects initiatives that project the publicness of
their fruits.  If you have an open access journal, it should be easy to
take existing rationale/purpose texts and foreground their publicness in
the entry fields they provide.  Be redundant on the point, responding to
the different descriptors they ask for with the same point in different
ways.  Don't go overboard, but make sure this characteristic is foremost
and foregrounded.  If you publish any information at all, even if it's not
under open access licenses, you can still state that the information is
published and available to public use (as facts/ideas/fair use).  This
means nearly any academic pursuit can be represented this way, that can
relate to improvement of the urban environment, with this point
foregrounded.  You can say you're publicly funded.  If you produce anything
at all that's not privatized (even if only as yet), you can state the
outputs are public fruits.  Maybe you produce software -- if it's BSD or
GPL you can state as much.

On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 10:47 PM, Seth Johnson <seth.p.johnson at gmail.com>

> https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships/hesi
> Hi all -- I would strongly urge one and all who might be affiliated with
> an educational institution to enter quick, short as necessary submissions
> (deadline May 2 -- sorry!) and use this occasion to stress the importance
> of the public fruits of academia as engines of urban development.  This is
> an opportunity to take the present efforts to build up sustainable
> development frameworks related to the UN Global Compact, and stress that
> the fundamental question of *what it is that is to be sustained* needs to
> be based on the pre-Bayh-Dole notion of the mission of the university and
> its conception of the nature of public knowledge.
> This will have very important effects because the whole Science and
> Technology for Development thrust at the UN dates to that time (1980 for
> Bayh-Dole and 1977/8 for the Vienna Program on Science and Technology for
> Development and the Commission on Technology for Development), and is part
> of the framework that has led through the 1992 Sustainable Development
> conference to the present day.  Making this point now, when they are
> pushing to erect the sustainable dev agenda, thereby encapsulating the
> whole thrust in these terms (academic outputs as public goods rather than
> in a private frame as developed in transnational modes of governance), lets
> you handily put that point resolutely back into the frame, and in a way
> that also lets you revisit the Bayh-Dole move.
> Seth
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: SD in Action <dsd at un.org>
> Date: Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 11:32 AM
> Subject: Contribute to UN report on Higher Education for Sustainable Urban
> Development
> To: seth.p.johnson at gmail.com
> The *Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)*, a partnership
> between UN-DESA, UNESCO, UNEP, UN Global Compact's Principles for
> Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UNU and UN-Habitat, is
> preparing a report on the role of Higher Education for Sustainable Urban
> Development, in support in support of 2016 Habitat III Conference
> <https://www.habitat3.org/>, which is taking place later this year in
> Quito, Ecuador.
> The HESI partnership is seeking input to the report from higher education
> institutions all over the globe. How to contribute? Sign in to your HESI
> account at the Partnership for SDGs online platform
> <https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships/hesi>, and click
> "Submit Progress Report".
> ------------------------------
> Your higher institution not part of HESI yet? Join now here:
> https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnership/register/
> HESI list of supporting institutions:
> https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships/hesi
> More on HESI: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdinaction/hesi
> For questions, contact Division for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA, at:
> https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/contact

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