I am currently serving as the Editor-at-Large for The European. From 2010 to 2013, I was based in Berlin and London as the magazine’s Managing Editor and Assistant Editor-in-Chief. In addition, I occasionally write for publications like OpenDemocracy, the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Germany’s civic education organization. In London, I moonlighted as one of the founding editors of The Occupied Times. They continue to churn out fantastic examples of political commentary and analysis – go knock yourself out.
For The European, I have talked to Italy’s prime minister Mario Monti and to Nobel peace laureate Martti Ahtisaari about the future of Europe, to Clay Shirky and Juliana Rotich about digital media platforms, to Joseph Stiglitz, Kenneth Binmore and Dan Ariely about contemporary economics, to Colin Crouch, Thomas Pogge and Michael Hardt about democracy, to the head of the CERN laboratories about the intersection between science and religion, to Stephen Wolfram about computation and alien artifacts, to Sir Martin Rees about global risks, to Steven Pinker about violence, and to Zeynep Tufekci, George Dyson, and Kevin Kelly about the future of the internet. Two of my personal favorites: Carlo Rotella on the art of storytelling, and Stewart Brand on looking at the world through the eyes of a fool.
Bert Brecht once said this about art: “It’s not a mirror to hold up to the world, but a hammer with which to shape it.” It doesn’t merely reflect, but inspires critical engagement. It seems to me that good journalism has similar aspirations.