About us

“Revolution happens when there is a transformation of common sense.”

“The criminalization of debt was the criminalization of the very basis of human society.”

David Graeber (1961-2020)

David Graeber tragically passed away in Venice on September 2, 2020. He published more than 15 books, many of which became bestsellers, completed several books to be published after his death, and left a vast archive on which the David Graeber Institute plans to work.

David Graeber tragically passed away in Venice on September 2, 2020. He published more than 15 books, many of which became stellar, completed several books to be published after his death, and left a huge archive of recordings, correspondence, audio and video files, and lectures, on which the David Graeber Institute plans to work.

The David Graeber Institute founded in March 2022 is a non-profit organization that oversees the extensive archive of David Graeber’s unpublished written and multimedia texts and continues his legacy through the creation of a platform to provide access for research and public discourse projects – some of which were started during his lifetime, and others related to themes and ideas that were important to him such as labor, debt, war. 

We aim to ensure that there will be no barriers to access by income, academic affiliation or location in the world based on principles of an open-source community to disseminate and develop David’s ideas both inside and outside of academia. 

The Institute will support academics, independent researchers, artists and the growing network that his work has contributed in building through offering access to the archives, grants for residencies and publications in collaboration with partner organisations from around the world.

Goals

  • To provide a platform for the growing network that David Graeber’s work has helped to create. Some initiatives are directly linked to developing his ideas and “contributing” to his work and legacy. Others are separate and live their own lives, creating their own independent connections.
  • To serve as an international forum for dialogue between different actors of the political divide, breaking down the boundaries of the professional and activist, academia and the art world, and blending different social and age groups.
  • To establish collaborations with institutions and foundations to support public initiatives, discussion programs, research projects and residencies related to the legacy of David Graeber.