Mark’s Story: Education

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

I graduated from the College of William and Mary as a Rhodes Scholar nominee with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics. My focus was Political Economy – how economics and politics converge in the struggle for power.   After growing up mostly in Latin America, this approach was compelling to me.   Political Economy laid-bare how the powerful and moneyed interests in Washington were attacking the citizen protections of the New Deal and Great Society safety net through the now disproven theories of the Laffer Curve and supply-side economics, aka Reaganomics. 30 years later, with a hangover from neoliberal economics and the gross redistribution of America’s wealth to the 1%, it’s painful to see that Political Economists had it right.

In the early 90s, after serving in the United States Air Force and flying for American Airlines, I moved to Boulder to attend Naropa University.  Since my late teens, I’d practiced Karate, Aikido, Aiki Jiu Jitsu and other martial arts and by 1994 I was driven to learn more about the meditation and mind training that was so integral to these martial traditions.  I graduated with an MA in Buddhist Studies and a deep understanding of contemplative religious traditions.  These studies became the foundation of the company I later founded, Dynamic Human Solutions.