David Graeber

Graeber at GDI

Debt and the Future of Democracy

Debt and the Future of Democracy

David Graeber is the man of the hour. Anthropologist and theorist of the Occupy movement, he has delivered the "definitive book about the crisis" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), entitled "Debt". Now Graeber comes to Switzerland for the first time. At GDI, exclusively, he explains why all debts should be cancelled to overcome the crisis and how we can shape a better future.

Formerly at Yale and now professor at the LSE, Graeber stands up for anarchy and political action. In his talk, he drafts a path to a utopia where capitalism no longer rules over our lives, and technological progress and direct democracy will be reality at last.

Have your say about the evening. Send your questions for David Graeber to the project director, Mr Frerk Froböse: frerk.froboese@gdi.ch. And feel free to join the conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #GraeberGDI!


David Bosshart
Welcome and Introduction

David Graeber
Speech and Discussion
Host: Haig Simonian

Apéro and Networking

David Graeber

David Graeber †

Anthropologist and mastermind of the Occupy movement. The professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science landed a bestseller with his book „Debt. The first 5000 Years". Graeber, an advocate of anarchy, also coined the slogan „We are the 99 percent".

David Bosshart

David Bosshart

Author, Speaker, Executive Advisor

Dr. David Bosshart was CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for consumption, economic and social studies from 1999 to 2020. Since 2020 he has been President of the Gottlieb and Adele Duttweiler Foundation.

Haig Simonian

Haig Simonian

Host and journalist. He was formerly with The Economist and a Financial Times correspondent in Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland.


10 October 2013

CHF 120.- per participant
CHF 30.- for students (limited spaces available)

The fee has to be paid in advance. The fee includes all food and beverages (including VAT). Participants registering less than two weeks before the event can pay by credit card only.

Event location
Langhaldenstrasse 21
8803 Rüschlikon


English (no translation)