The dollar - still a global reserve currency

Money, Debt, Cycles, and the Historical Reasons for the Upcoming Dollar Erosion

1) Remember Gordon Gekko? Right, the outrageous, unrestrained, insatiable corporate-finance shark from Oliver Stone’s 1987 movie Wall Street. This guy, played by Michael Douglas, was manipulative, greedy and tough, enough so as to get up before sunrise and call up his young would-be partner to remind him that “money never sleeps.” While immoral in his … Continue reading Money, Debt, Cycles, and the Historical Reasons for the Upcoming Dollar Erosion

All You Should Know about the Changing World Order

May you live in interesting times (an allegedly Chinese saying, in fact not Chinese at all) 1) We live in extremely interesting times. The world order around us is changing quickly and profoundly. The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent Ukraine crisis are just two most talked-about elements of larger transformations that are taking place on … Continue reading All You Should Know about the Changing World Order

Negotiation, War and Peace

Back to the future? What history tells us about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the world of the coming decades

1) Since the beginning of the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine in February 2022, both sides have referred to the enemy’s allegedly fascist nature, striving to frame the opponent’s actions as manifestations of the destructive and ruthless spirit displayed during the Second World War. In many respects, however, the war we are witnessing in … Continue reading Back to the future? What history tells us about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the world of the coming decades

Understanding the Ukrainian crisis: a talk at the UPF Barcelona

For all Spanish speakers: Recently, I've had the honor to participate in a talk about “The Ukraine catastrophe. Russia and the West,” together with the diplomat Eugeni Bregolat, the journalist Rafael Poch, and professor Tamara Djermanovic. During the event at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barclona we discussed the keys to the conflict and the … Continue reading Understanding the Ukrainian crisis: a talk at the UPF Barcelona

NFT Blockchain Art

What NFTs Teach Us about Humans, Art and Capitalism

NFTs: Culture going digital, or is it? (Pic by Karthik GL) 1) Before I start, let me tell you a quick personal story. Some years ago, when I just finished my PhD project and wasn’t sure where to go next, I decided to try myself as a community manager for a medium-sized company. The offer … Continue reading What NFTs Teach Us about Humans, Art and Capitalism