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Guardian Open Weekend: economics events

If you’re interested in the global economy – and, let’s face it, we all should be – then come along to the first-ever Guardian Open Weekend on 24 and 25 March

Does capitalism have a future? What about the eurozone? Is Greece doomed – and who will be next?

If you’re interested in the global economy – and, let’s face it, we all should be – then come along to the first-ever Guardian Open Weekend on 24 and 25 March.

It’s a two day festival featuring more than 200 talks, workshops and activities in and around the Guardian’s home in King’s Cross, where speakers around the world will join editor Alan Rusbridger and many of the paper’s leading writers and columnists to debate a wide range of topics.

You’ll be able to discuss the big economic issues of the day with top economists and members of the Guardian’s economics and business team. On Saturday, there’ll be a Q&A session on the future of capitalism (assuming it has one). The Observer’s economics editor Heather Stewart will chair the panel, and she’ll be joined by economist Javati Ghosh, Guardian and Observer columnist Will Hutton and the journalist and novelist John Lanchester. Come armed with your questions – the session starts at 12.30pm and you can book your tickets here.

Also joining us on the Saturday will be the US economist Jeffrey Sachs – Bono’s favourite economist – who’ll be talking to Guardian economics editor Larry Elliott about the global economy, the eurozone crisis and ethics.

Bring your sandwiches along on Sunday for a brown-bag lunch on how to tackle global poverty with Abhijit Banerjee, co-author of the acclaimed Poor Economics. Or you can spend lunchtime discussing the world’s most unpopular profession – banking. Is the public ignominy heaped on bankers justified? Are they really responsible for the financial crisis? And are they paid too much? Speakers at the session – Everything you wanted to know about banking but were too angry to ask – are Nils Pratley, the Guardian’s financial editor, the writer and journalist Joris Luyendijk and Deborah Hargreaves, chair of the High Pay Commission.

In the afternoon we’ll turn our attention to the euro crisis with speakers including Costas Douzinas, law professor at Birkbeck, University of London. The session starts at 3pm.

Later on there’ll be a chance to help shape the Guardian leader line with Aditya Chakrabortty, economics leader writer and columnist at the Guardian; City editor and banking specialist Jill Treanor, and economics correspondent Phillip Inman.

We won’t just be covering economics – there are sessions on sport, society, science and technology, politics, environment, food and culture. There will also be sessions dedicated to the future of the newspaper and its role in major stories including WikiLeaks and the phone hacking scandal.

We’re looking to welcoming thousands of readers to the weekend for an extraordinary mix of debates, talks, workshops, music, comedy, poetry, food and fun. We’ll be using numerous spaces in the award-winning Kings Place in London, with its canalside concert halls, galleries, restaurants … and newsroom.

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