This note is intended to set the stage for the discussion of Ways and Means at 5:30 on Friday. Each facilitator will have the chance to get discussion started with a brief (5-10 minute) intervention, which could include both reports on current developments and more speculative ideas about the way forward, among other things. The goal of our session is to discuss how a progressive agenda promoting both more robust IP limitations and exceptions and the further flowering of open access approaches to content distribution. In other words, it’s a tall order, but a very important one – if the Global Congress is to be more than an academic exercise.
So I hope we’ll be able to focus on questions like:
- What are the most promising institutional avenues through which to pursue a progressive agenda?
- What factors constrain the fulfillment of such an agenda?
- How can we best build constituencies and coalitions in support of it?
- Whether the terms we use to frame the discourse as significant in themselves?