Together with the children from the Karuna, Anthropology for Kids worked on different topics for the book “What is wealth?.”

From childhood, we read stories about rich and poor, about kings and commoners, about enormous treasures and adventurers.

But what is “Wealth”?

Does this mean that the rich are happier or smarter than the poor? Is it true that wealth is earned by the most hardworking and talented or, on the contrary, wealth is the destiny of greedy and heartlessness?

Anthropologists believe that there is no single answer to these questions. They study how people in different cultures and at different times understand differently what “wealth” is.

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Nika Dubrovsky
… was born in Leningrad / St. Petersburg. She currently lives and works in BerlinNika Dubrovsky’s practice evolved from visual arts, journalism, internet culture, and publishing. Her critical position on educational regimes led to the development and publishing of doodle books for children. Her current project Anthropology For Kids aims at creating an open educational platform with a participatory approach. Reframing crucial aspects of human life – family, money, citizenship, beauty, and alike – Anthropology For Kids seeks to deconstruct conditioned notions of how we (should) live, demonstrating the diversity of perspectives and possibilities that exist in different cultures.
Nika showed her works in deferent museums and galleries around the world. Most recently in ShowRoom (London, UK), KryakK (Krasnoyarsk, Russia).
She is publishing books with Hermitage St. Petersburg and currently working with Neue Pinakothek, Munich on a series of children’s books.

Nika Dubrovsky

David Graeber is professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and
author of Debt: The First 5000 years; he was involved in the Global Justice Movement
and Occupy Wall Street.

David Graeber

Ilona M. Otto
… is a senior researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). She holds the EarthDoc position within the Earth League Network and she is a member of the COPAN – Co-evolutionary Pathways Research Group at PIK. In her work Ilona analyses social-ecological systems, especially in the context of multi-level governance of natural resources, adaptation to climate change, and sustainability transformation. She is interested in combining various data bases, research methods, and stakeholders’ knowledge in investigating problems related to global environment changes, development, adaptation and sustainability. Dr. Otto holds PhD in resource economics and M.Sc. in sociology. She has just finalized her Habilitation (German higher education post-doctoral qualifications) at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences.

Ilona M. Otto

Frank is Ph.D in philosophy and involved in activism and wide educational initiatives for many years.

Frank Engster

Talks and presentation:”What is wealth?”


Anthropology for Kids
“What is wealth?” exhibition and talk

The talk is a part of the project „A4K-Lab: What is Wealth (Was ist Wohlstand)?“.

The project „A4K-Lab: What is Wealth (Was ist Wohlstand)?“ is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in framework of „Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung“ and the programme „It’s your Party-cipation – Gemeinsam für Kinderrechte“ of Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk.

KARUNA – Zukunft für Kinder und Jugendliche in Not e.V. ::: http://cms.karuna-ev.de/
„Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung“ ::: www.kinderrechte.de/kulturmachtstark
Kunsthaus ACUD e.V. ::: http://www.acud.de/