Ben van der Merwe

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Reflections on Leadership from Gettysburg

It’s impossible to visit the battlefield of Gettysburg without being deeply moved. The Union and Confederate armies together suffered more than 50,000 casualties during the three-day battle. The course of American history was changed forever by leaders making strategic decisions under grueling …

Gettysburg

9 economists whose ideas are changing the world

We’re living in the age of the rock star academic.<p>Everyone is trying to make sense of financial crises and the old economics textbooks don’t work so …

Economics

3 myths about economics in Germany busted

Recently, I was interviewed by <i>The Economist</i> for a piece on the state of economics in Germany which was ultimately published on 9 May as “Of Rules and …

Economics

Can you have both security and privacy in the internet age?

With threats to national and international security on the rise, all agree that security services have to be able to operate in order to address …

12 facts that will make you look differently at Africa

Africa is a vibrant and incredibly vast continent, home to many different ethnic groups and very diverse economies. But many of its countries face …

World Economy

The U.S. Supreme Court's Cultivation of Corporate Personhood

The liberal justices expanded the rights of corporations, without considering the limits of that doctrine.<p>Over the next week, the Supreme Court will decide cases on same-sex marriage, Obamacare, and lethal injection. So Monday’s rulings about raisins and hotels were not the focus of much interest. …

Why the global economy is facing a liquidity crisis

A paradox has emerged in the financial markets of the advanced economies since the 2008 global financial crisis. Unconventional monetary policies …

Economics

Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

It actually takes quite a lot of fossil fuel power to reach the tiny Spanish island of El Hierro. You have to catch a commercial jet flight, a propeller plane and then a ferry to reach what was once the end of the known world, before Columbus set sail.<p>But once you're there, there's no need for …

Wal-Mart’s new scheme to prey on America’s poor

<b>(Reuters/Kevork Djansezian)</b><p>The multinational retailer wants to offer affordable banking. Here’s why that’s a horrible idea<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>October 1, 2014 10:45am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The FDIC estimates there are 10 million people living in the U.S. who do not have …

Harvard Study Says Economy Is 'Doing Half Its Job.' Guess Which Half

Need more evidence that the U.S. economy is moving on two tracks? A new Harvard Business School study, released Monday, may confirm your fears.<p>The report, "An Economy Doing Half Its Job," involved a survey of 1,947 alumni. The Harvard-educated business leaders expressed concerns about U.S. …

Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay

For my part in the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit, I had the pleasure of collaborating with animator Drew Christie — the talent behind that wonderful short film about Mark Twain and the myth of originality — on an animated essay that I wrote and narrated, exploring a subject close to my heart …