You might not know who Raj Patel is, but he cares deeply about you.
The London-born author, activist, and academic has spent much of his life contemplating how to keep you and the rest of the world well fed. Equal parts intellectual and at ease, Raj is as quick with a joke as he is to offer a booming critique on social inequity. Watching him deliver point after point with eloquent urgency, it’s difficult not to get swept up in whatever it is he’s saying. Because you can be sure he’s always saying something worthwhile.
More than a prolific writer and thinker, Raj is a podcaster, a professor, a food policy expert, and a political economist. He’s worked for the World Bank, interned at the World Trade Organization, and consulted for the United Nations—and openly protested against all three. These days, his focus is on fixing the world’s food system.
That’s what we expected to talk about when we met with Raj at our Global Leadership Summit on The Future of Food. But a funny thing happened over the course of that weekend. We realized the lessons he was sharing could be applied far beyond the context of food. Whatever you’re passionate about, whatever meaningful change you want to see enacted, Raj has assembled a framework for how to leave the world a better place than you found it.
So, in the spirit of starting small and starting here, try this: Apply his advice to a cause close to your heart, and see if any of what Raj told us rings true for you. Because the truth is, you don’t need to know who Raj Patel is, agree with his views, or even like him to learn from him.