Erik graduated from MIT, where he studied mechanical engineering and political science, falling in love with American politics. He earned his Masters of Science, co-authoring a number of academic papers while a student and while working with MIT, Harvard, the United Nations, and other NGOs on conflict resolution. He then spent four years as an operations and management consultant, improving organizational effectiveness and culture for a number of clients across North America.
He's been blogging and writing essays on improving American democracy since entering college, but his greatest influence for working on Wedged was his realization that those that disagreed with him had much more to teach him than those that already agree. He believes everyone can adopt this mindset and become hungry to learn from each other in political dialogue.
Erik lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the CEO of MidTide Media, and co-founder of Something to Consider, focused on improving American political dialogue by undermining the destructive mindsets that ail politics in the US.
Nat's political views have evolved significantly over the years through discussions with the many great people he has been fortunate enough to encounter. He has lived, worked and studied in Asia, Europe, and North America and traveled to over 50 countries and territories.
Nat has noticed that people will often get upset or shut down when engaged in political or policy discussion: in many circles if you fail to fully and completely identify with an entire suite of dogmatic policy positions then you are headed for social trouble. It is rare to find people who are curious about a situation, are actually open minded, and are willing to dig into primary sources for data.
Frustrated at this state of affairs Nat figured there were two options open to him: give up completely or look to apply his analytical and problem solving skills to help change how we conduct political dialogue. Thus Wedged was born. Nat has a background in Engineering and Business management. He has studied at Oxford University, Cambridge University and Harvard Business School. He is the CEO of Stroud International, Chairman of MidTide Media, and co-Founder of Something to Consider. Nat lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with his wife and four children.