GCRI’s mission is to develop the best ways to confront humanity’s gravest threats.
Global catastrophic risk (GCR) is the risk of events large enough to significantly harm or even destroy human civilization at the global scale. Major GCRs include global warming, nuclear war, pandemics, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology. Many organizations work on GCR, but they mainly look at just one risk or a few risks at a time. They do excellent work, but they don’t answer the big questions about GCR. That’s where we come in.
The Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (GCRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. GCRI was founded in 2011 by Seth Baum and Tony Barrett. GCRI studies the full range of GCRs and GCR topics in order to answer the big questions: Which risks should society be most worried about? How do the different risks affect each other? And above all, what are the best ways to reduce the risk? These questions guide our work, and they are at the heart of our flagship GCR Integrated Assessment project.
We conduct original research using rigorous risk analysis methodology. We publish in peer-reviewed academic journals and leading popular media outlets. We speak at major professional conferences, public policy forums, and public events, including the Society for Risk Analysis, the United Nations, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. And we engage with leading stakeholders in government, academia, the media, and elsewhere. In short, we advance a state-of-the-art understanding of GCR that finds practical, effective ways to lower the risk of global catastrophe.
GCRI is geographically decentralized. We have no central headquarters. Our affiliates are located in many places. This keeps our expenses low and enables us to work with the best talent, wherever it is. Our affiliates include a small leadership team and a network of Associates who work elsewhere and regularly collaborate with us. We occasionally welcome new affiliates.
GCRI is a project of the fiscal sponsorship organization Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE). SEE is a non-profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donation is fully tax deductible.
GCRI is currently funded by a mix of grants, private donations, and occasional consulting work. We are grateful for funding from Jaan Tallinn, the US Department of Homeland Security (via USC-CREATE), and others.
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