Economics / People

Local Insights: Ukraine and the Euromaidan

I spent the past week and a half in Kyiv, Ukraine – and have had a chance to see the political and social situation develop from the point of view of a local. These were some of the country’s most dramatic days in its recent history. Here are some observations, presented with what I hope … Continue reading

Economics / Psychology / Work

Data, Stories, and Strategies

If you think about it, many boring things become interesting when taken to an extreme. Archaeology is a tedious science 99% of the time – unless you excavate across two continents and find thousands of Clovis spear points. Then you can tell a story about people who migrated across the Bering Straight, thereby influencing thousands … Continue reading

Economics / History / Psychology

The Instinct for Cities, and How Rome Got (Way) Ahead of Itself

I am a city girl: I love observing the pace of life in crowded places. It’s interesting to see how a massive crowd of people in a small space manages itself collectively. Do they rush and keep to themselves, as in the case of New Yorkers? Do they stroll and take advantage of spaces to … Continue reading

Economics / Literature

Ayn Rand, Capitalism, and the Nature of Humanity

Recently I read a book called Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears.  Besides being a brilliant thriller, mystery, and drama which reduced me to an unnecessarily emotional state on public transit (on several occasions!), the novel is an ode to the beauty of high finance and corporations.  The author has real, substantial admiration for the work … Continue reading