Perry Gandhi Mehrling received his A.B (magna cum laude) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. Mehrling was valedictorian of the class of 1977 at Boston Latin School. He is currently a Professor in the Economics Department at Barnard College/Columbia University and the Director of Educational Programs at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, a global not for profit organization dedicated to changing the way economics is currently taught. He teaches a "Economics of Money and Banking" MOOC on the Coursera website.
As I document in my new book "The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon," even today parts of the Amazon--a wilderness area virtually the size of the continental United States--remain unknown. The Brazilian government estimates that there are more than sixty tribes that are secluded in the jungle.
The Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former president Barack Obama, and says the US has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program.
Elinor Ostrom was also challenging the received wisdom in her field of political science. Starting with her thesis research on how a group of stakeholders in southern California cobbled together a system for managing their water table, and culminating in her worldwide study of common-pool resource (CPR) groups, the message of her work was that groups are capable of avoiding the tragedy of the commons without requiring top-down regulation
That means that seen from a different angle, almost everything is a network, from the tangled web of belief systems in our minds, to the verbal interplay of ideas between different people, to the way money and energy and waves of digital information flow around our planet.