Prof. Kevin Storr
In Grand Rapids, Michigan this spring I was asked to give a keynote address at the iChange Nations™ - Human Rights Global Congress™ on the topic, “The Human Right to Access Education and Science in Defining National Value and Development.” My presentation was rooted in two of the Human Rights defined by the United Nations; Rights numbers twenty-six and twenty-seven. As states:
1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. (www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/)
As the speaker I told the attendees that all countries have three basic resources: Natural Resources, People Resource and Vision Resource. The natural resource is to be managed, the people resource is to be inspired and the vision resource is to galvanize the people. I further commented that nations must be tooled and allowed to dig their own dirt (whether land or people) and it is the management of its three basic resources, which provides them with value to trade with other nations.
This oration also included a discussion on intellectual property and redefined it in the context of nation building. I redefined intellectual property as the people resource, and emphasized that intellectual property goes beyond the fruit of the mind and should be viewed as the mind itself. On this intellectual property we are to farm and cultivate ideas - these are the fruit of the mind. It was also declared that in order to build a nation, the nation must use its intellectual property to harvest the ideas, which are planted in the minds of its people. These ideas can be realized through production or consumption. By consumption an idea is realized because someone previously had the idea and makes its available. By production, it is an original idea for which a person supplies the resource whenever the idea is requested.
Finally, I summarized my presentation by noting, nations which traffic mainly in consumer ideas, eventually become dependent nations, because intellectual property is more than just ideas, it is the people and road to national development and value.
Article written by Prof. Kevin Storr - iChange Nations™ Statesman
Article edited with permission