Of Money and Men

12 May 2016, 1:00 PM

Conference on economic alternatives accompanied by the guided tour of the Soul of Money exhibition held at 11 am.

How much money do we truly need? And for what, really?

As new (not only) economic crises arrive, their impact on society and technological advances result in a fundamental change our faith in money and the role it plays. Is money still just a means of exchange, or is it becoming an objective in its own right?

Some current global experiments and initiatives, in reaction to changes in the current economic model, offer – if not a real alternative to an unsustainable economy based on constant growth – at least a very necessary change of perspective. These for example include the concept of the shared economy, where the main focus tends to be on mutual trust rather than monetary profits, or the idea of a universal basic income, which separates financial income from work. Are these tendencies relevant, or is this just a short-lived trend?

These questions and more will be addressed during the conference by several Czech and international economists who devote themselves to these topics. The conference will also include artists participating in the current Soul of Money exhibition, who will present projects focused on the role of money and its flow in society.

The topics and schedule will be updated as appropriate.

The conference is being held within the scope of the public programme to The Soul of Money exhibition.

The conference will be held in Czech and English, with simultaneous interpreting into Czech or English available.

Reservation required: rezervace@dox.cz

Admission 120 CZK / 80 CZK

Free admission for DOX Friends.


PART n. 1

11:00 – 12:00                     guided tour of THE SOUL OF MONEY exhibition 

                                             (in Czech only)

PART n. 2

13:00 – 13:15                     registration

13:15 – 13:30                     conference opening

13:30 – 14:10                     Lukáš Kovanda

14:10 – 14:50                     Guy Standing

14:50 – 15:20                     coffee break

PART n. 3

15:20 – 16:00                     Robert Skidelsky

16:00 – 16:25                     Libia Castro & Ólaffur Ólafsson

16:25 – 16:45                     moderated panel discussion  

16:45 – 17:15                     Q & A session   

17:15 – 18:00                     glass of wine at DOX terrace


Guy Standing is professor of development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, co-founder of Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class.



Lord Skidelsky is professor of political economy at Warwick University, politician, writer, prize-winning biographer of J.M. Keynes, syndicated columnist, Russia expert, financial crisis expert and co-author, with Edward Skidelsky, of How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life.



Lukáš Kovanda is an economist and lecturer at University or Economics in Prague; he is economic consultant and author of popular and scholarly literature: He has published more than one hundred personal interviews with leading international economists including many Nobel Laureates.



Libia Castro (ES) & Ólafur Ólafsson (IS) are artists based in Rotterdam and Berlin. Their artistic practice concentrates on the phenomena of transition towards the post-fordist phase of political, social and cultural development. Their artwork Illusion Woman is presented at the Soul of Money exhibition in DOX Centre.



Tomáš Sedláček is an economist and university lecturer. He is the Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at ČSOB (a Czech national bank), a member of a group Narrative of Europe and Council Member of World Economic Forum focused on New Economic Thinking. He is author of Economics of Good and Evil.

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