What is America doing right?
Ken Adelman is currently vice-president of Movers and Shakespeares, which conducts executive training through leadership lessons from Shakespeare. Ambassador Adelman began teaching Shakespeare in 1977 at Georgetown University, and later with honors students at George Washington University.
During the Reagan Administration, Ken Adelman was an Ambassador to the United Nations and then Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, accompanying President Reagan on his superpower summits with Mikhail Gorbachev.
Adelman was a philosophy major at Grinnell College and then attended Georgetown University, where he received a Masters in Foreign Service Studies and Doctorate in Political Theory.
He is the author of five books -- including co-author of Shakespeare in Charge -- and hundreds of articles, was for 20 years national editor of Washingtonian magazine, and for six years a member of the Defense Policy Board.
While living in Africa from 1972 to 1975, Adelman translated for Mohammed Ali during “The Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship fight in Zaire, and participated in the Zaire River Expedition, venturing down the Congo River on the 100th Anniversary of Stanley’s exploration.
Ken Adelman: Well I think the innovation of America is phenomenal. And what we have to do is preserve the intellectual property rights, which people are stealing around the world. And that is in terms of movies. That’s in terms of music. That’s in terms of pharmaceuticals. That’s in terms of a lot of products, because 40% of the American economy is bound up in intellectual property. That’s what we do. And it’s a great line from Henry V that we talked about this morning that fits in that, even though certainly Shakespeare was not an intellectual property attorney. It’s “All things are ready if our minds be so.” What he’s saying is when all’s said and done, the creativity and motivation of the human mind is what really produces things. And you look at that back to Israel. Israel has no resources. And all these countries . . . You know, God in His infinite wisdom took all these Arab countries and gave them oil underneath the ground. In Israel they have nothing. And Israel’s economy is certainly . . . per capita ________ is higher than Portugal’s or Spain’s these days. It contributes enormously innovation, I think because of human capital. That’s what we . . . that’s what the world lives on these days.
Recorded on: 7/2/07
We need to do more to preserve intellectual property rights, Adelman says.
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