Brian has the passion, talent, and background to be a major asset to you in each of his four main areas of expertise as outlined below:
Brian has been studying history his whole life. As the Roman historian Livy wrote 2,000 years ago, “[t]he special and salutary benefit of the study of history is to behold evidence of every sort of behavior set forth as on a splendid memorial; from it, you may select for yourself and for your country what to emulate, from it what to avoid, whether basely begun or basely conducted.” Historical experience and analysis, whether of a major modern corporation or the Roman Republic, can often provide valuable insight into and lessons for a large range of current issues and situations. You can trust Brian to find the most relevant historical case studies and to explain their lessons that are important to know for you and for your organization.
If you need something well-written, engaging, insightful, and meticulously researched, then Brian is the man for you. Able to tackle virtually any topic no matter how new to him but also armed with a depth of knowledge spread across many fields, Brian can produce, edit, or research material specific to your needs, and has worked on a wide range of topics and projects as a freelancer, with many raving reviews and a nearly perfect rating on oDesk, the world's largest freelancing website. And when it comes to news, Brian has not only had dozens of articles published as a member of the news media, he also has an understanding of how the global news media operates and shapes the world in which we live. In today's dynamic, rapidly changing media landscape, Brian knows both what to put into and what to take from what can be an overwhelming number of options for staying plugged into the world.
Even if you're in the private sector, public policy affects your business. Whether you're in government or out, Brian has well over a decade of experience studying and being part of public policy through two degree programs in addition to many of his non-academic pursuits. And politics is the process by which much of public policy is made. Over 2,300 years ago, Aristotle noted that "Man is by nature a political animal." That is no less true today, with politics more diverse, vibrant, and confusing than ever. More often than not, understanding the political climate of your surroundings is vital to your success and that of your organization. With his academic experience, consulting and writing experience, as well as policy and campaign work at the state and national levels, Brian is an ideal choice to help you navigate the political realm. Finally, much of both public policy and politics centers on studying an issue or problem, and then coming up with workable projects and solutions to deal with that problem. As a creative and grounded problem solver, Brian can be a consultant in a wide variety of settings and fields. Whatever your organization's needs, Brian's superior research and planning skills can help. Whether it's a short term project or a long-term strategy, he can provide unique and valuable insight, recommending specific actions and breaking down your options clearly.
Brian has loved learning his whole life, and has a passion for searching out good information so he can make good decisions. He has always had a passion for sharing his learning with others, so that they may also make good decisions, and better ones for having learned the information he shares. Years ago, he was the "go-to guy" for many topics with his friends, and today, Brian is proud to bring this passion for learning and for using good information to make good decisions to his professional clientele.
Apart from his commitment to integrity, honesty, and making a positive difference in people's lives, Brian operates professionally on a series of core guidelines:
1.) The applicability of his services
In an era of information overload, and while deeply respecting background and context, Brian seeks to make sure what he gives you will advance your specific goals.
2.) The uniqueness of his services
As an innovative and creative thinker, Brian will often combine more traditional and expected sources and methods with those few if any others would recognize as being relevant. What this means for you is that you get a broader, more nuanced and original product, one that will give you an edge over competitors since their analyses will lack the extra, unique materials Brian's work brings to the table.
3.) The inclusivity of his services
Brian wants your input and ideas. Different perspectives will only add to the angles covered, problems anticipated, and quality of results. Expect Brian to be an active, engaged, and collaborative partner, not someone disappears and does not communicate.
4.) Client satisfaction
If the client isn't satisfied, Brian isn't satisfied. Brian will actively work with you to make sure you are happy with your service and will apply additional effort when there are any unanticipated problems.
Brian prides himself on his detailed, clear communication. He wants you to be clear on your expectations and in return he will be clear with what he can do for you and when, and communicate any changes to the initial plan as soon as any issues arise.
International Affairs, Humanitarian/Relief Operations, and International Development
Today, all business and public policy is both local and global. What happens in the world today is sure to affect your organization tomorrow, and Brian can show you how. Brian is particularly passionate about humanitarian/relief operations and international development. There are few activities in the world as complex and interdisciplinary as humanitarian/relief operations, and international development is a field brimming with innovation and in very high demand. Brian's unique master's degree program featured both humanitarian relief and international development as core study topics, and his study of these topics and international affairs began almost a decade-and-a-half ago when he was an undergraduate.
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