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The Next Resource Shortage? – A Book Conversation with David Abraham

June 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+8

UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL and OUTPOST are excited to announce our first book talk at Outpost!
Join us for drinks, delicious canapes by SEMUJAEN and literary chat with the author himself.

This event is part of Outpost’s SUSTAINABILITY SPEAKERS SERIES.


Book of the Night:

The Next Resource Shortage? — A book conversation
Our future hinges on a set of rare metals that few of us have even heard of. David Abraham spent four years traveling the world — cavorting with illegal metal traders and drinking fermented yak’s milk in Mongolian yurts — to understand the flow of rare metals essential to make our iPhones to wind turbines.

Come learn about the hidden underworld of our gadgets, green future and the environmental, economic, and geopolitical consequences for the world’s new resource new reliance.

The Economist praised The Elements of Power as “thought-provoking” and “vivid”, while the Literary Review hailed it “a remarkable book”. Please read his New York Times op-ed for more information about the talk.

DAVID S. ABRAHAM runs the Technology, Rare and Electronics Materials Center and is author of The Elements of Power. His career spans from commodities trading and Wall Street to the White House where he oversaw international and natural resource programs. He is a frequent speaker on rare metals and technology demands.

A recipient of numerous fellowships, David researched the rare metal trade at Tokyo University, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Council on Foreign Relations. He also oversaw operations of a clean water non-profit, starting the organization’s operations in Japan and Uganda.

Held annually in Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heartland, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has become Southeast Asia’s largest and most renowned cultural and literary event.
The mission of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is to create a world class festival that celebrates extraordinary ideas, stories and voices, tackles global issues and explores the nature of the human condition.

We are proud of our continuing success in bringing Indonesian and international writers together on a world stage, and creating a space for conversation and connection across cultural divides.

THE 13TH UWRTF will be held 26–30 October, 2016, celebrating the theme Tvat Tvam Asi or ‘I am you, you are me’. This powerful ideology is crucial to the collective identity of Indonesia – uniting people from incredibly diverse religious, ethnic, cultural and historical backgrounds to share common respect and understanding.

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the major annual project of the not-for-profit foundation, the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati. It was first conceived of by Janet DeNeefe, co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing.


June 22, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


+62 361 9080584


Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning, Ubud
Bali, 80571 Indonesia

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