Bristol Festival of Ideas

The Value of Nothing
In association with The Converging World
2 December 2009, 18.00-19.00
The 3rd Floor, Bush House, 72 Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QD

Raj Patel is one of the leading radical voices of our time. A writer, activist and academic, he is currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has worked previously for the World Bank, interned at the WTO, consulted for the UN, and protested against his former employers. He follows his first book, Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System, with The Value of Nothing. Credit has crunched, debt has turned toxic, the gears of the world economy have ground to a halt. It’s now clear that the market doesn’t only get it wrong about sub-prime mortgages, it gets it wrong about everything.