Discussion Circles: Technology as a Social Relationship

21 June, 2024 16:00 (London time)

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The institute’s mission is to explore how technology can help create a system where essential resources—like food, education, energy, and medicine—can be produced and distributed freely. That is, the DGI in St. Vincent seeks to support the production of intellectually intensive, not labour-intensive technology. We are looking for technologies, traditional and cutting-edge, that are centred on the reproduction of life instead of the reproduction of capital.

In a discussion circle about technology we will explore crucial questions: how does technology relate to social relations? Is it possible, and on what terms, to have technologies that are not tied to infinite growth, investment, patents, and managerial feudalism. What might anti-colonial technologies look like? How should we respond to the climate catastrophe unfolding before our eyes? 

This talk will bring together environmental activists, academics, and the general public from the US, England, and Germany – as well as the general public, environmental activists, students, and academics from the Caribbean. 

Facilitators: Steve Keen, renowned economist and friend of David Graeber; Rachel Donald, creator of the Planet Critical podcastNika Dubrovsky, founder of the David Graeber Institute.

Find out more about the Discussion Circles on the DGI’s website.

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