In the words of Paul Krugman, "As I see it, the economics profession went astray because economists, as a group, mistook beauty, clad in impressive-looking mathematics, for truth."
Seeking to broaden my understanding of economics, I became a founding oganizer of Rethinking Economics New York (RENY), the first RE chapter in North America. We focus on organizing workshops, classes, and conferences on economic subjects that often aren't covered in the mainstream economics curriculum, from the history of economic thought to the intersection between economics and other fields such as sociology, sustainable development, and political science.
It's been quite a ride ever since the initial RENY meeting in August 2013 and our initial efforts to gain traction, which included constant rejections and caustic responses (still do; just to a lesser extent). Since then, we've secured sponsorships from INET, the Modern Money Network, the Public Banking Initiative, and have been featured on publications such as The New Yorker, Financial Times, The Economist, OZY, and The Guardian. Economists such as Paul Krugman, Michael Sandel, Dean Baker, Richard Wolff, and Philip Mirowski have also thrown in their support as keynote speakers for our inaugural conference.
We've also spearheaded the formation of the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics, a movement consisting of 65 student economic associations across the world calling for more pluralism in economics.
Check out the latest Rethinking Economics New York events on www.rethinkecon.com.