JACOB SHWARTZ-LUCAS holds a Master's degree in molecular biology. As an undergraduate, he received a grant to clean up tannery effluent, a humanitarian and environmental disaster in Bangladesh. He has also worked on drought tolerant plants in South Africa to reduce famine. Feeling strongly that the products of scientific research should be easily accessible for humanitarian use, his focus shifted to patent law and economic policy in general. He wrote to a thousand economists, humanitarians, and social entrepreneurs asking for their views on how to most effectively end global poverty. Their responses helped shape EarthSharing.org, which Jake currently manages at the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation in New York City.