The David Graeber Institute began as a platform for projects building on the legacy of David Graeber. We are now launching an educational institution to address the challenge of strengthening communities most vulnerable to climate change, beginning with island nations in the Caribbean. The institute will organize essential research around David’s archive and collaborate with other initiatives and institutions around the world focusing on building resilience in a time of crisis. 

We aim to establish local systems where essential resources—like food, education, energy, and medicine—can be produced in abundance and distributed freely.

Building on David’s ideas that technology is fundamentally a social relationship, DGI aims to foster a system of equal participation of all three disciplines: technology, arts, and humanities.  We hope to support development of intellectually intensive, but not labor intensive, non-proprietary open source technologies that can be produced and maintained locally.

As part of each project, DGI will offer students and faculty access to a body of unpublished material by David Graeber that touches on topics such as economics, history, art, political philosophy, and technology. We are also running a physical space in St. Vincent to support engaged fieldwork, active discussion and technological development.

We believe that just and equitable resource redistribution is critical in the development of crisis-resistant social structures. It is our mission to establish the abundant production and free distribution of that which sustains human life, natural ecosystems and social cohesion. Beginning in St Vincent, we hope to to create a decentralized network of David Graeber Institutes to secure community resilience in the face of climate change all over the globe.

 Eventually, we would like to expand to other regions to create a decentralized network of resource sharing.

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