UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


The Value of Everything - making and taking in the global economy, chaired by Paul Mason

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, 09 July 2018

Mariana Mazzucato speaks on new book about the concept of value, chaired by Paul Mason

Mariana Mazzucato speaks on new book about the concept of value as part of our public lecture series Rethinking Public Value and Public Purpose in 21st-Century Capitalism.

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UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)


Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Chaired by Paul Mason, author of PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future.

This event has taken place, but you can watch it below.

Who really creates wealth in our world? And how do we decide the value of what they do? At the heart of today's financial and economic crisis is a problem hiding in plain sight.

In modern capitalism, value-extraction is rewarded more highly than value-creation: the productive process that drives a healthy economy and society. From companies driven solely to maximize shareholder value to astronomically high prices of medicines justified through big pharma's 'value pricing', we misidentify taking with making, and have lost sight of what value really means. Once a central plank of economic thought, this concept of value - what it is, why it matters to us - is simply no longer discussed. 

Yet, argues Mariana Mazzucato in her penetrating and passionate new book The Value of Everything, if we are to reform capitalism - radically to transform an increasingly sick system rather than continue feeding it - we urgently need to rethink where wealth comes from. Which activities create it, which extract it, which destroy it? Answers to these questions are key if we want to replace the current parasitic system with a type of capitalism that is more sustainable, more symbiotic - that works for us all. The Value of Everything reignites a long-needed debate about the kind of world we really want to live in.