Even though I’ve been an on again and off again blogger since 2005, I feel like a relative newcomer to the medium because of my inconsistent posting schedule and tendency to be eclectic in choice of topics. The common theme that runs across my blogs is strategic framing, organization design, change management, and leadership development which are central to my work.

Since starting my own consulting firm in 1987, I have engaged clientele with roots in for-profit and not-for-profit; governmental and non-governmental; academic and experiential; and start-up and seasoned on global-to-local scales.

The good fortune of a long-standing professional friendship with Dr. Edward A. Hiler gave me the opportunity to collaborate with him on a book, Together We Can: Pathways to Collective Leadership in Agriculture at Texas A&M, that documented the process of institutional change we designed and implemented within the Texas A&M University System during the 1994 – 2004 period.

My initial blog, Diary of a Knowledge Broker records a period of transition for me from corporate clientele in global markets to community-based applications of my organization designs which culminated in becoming a Co-Principal Investigator on a USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative – Regional Partnerships for Innovation grant through 2012. You can find many of my posts about this initiative on Local Food Systems. Heads-up: you may need to join to read some of them.

During this same period, I experimented with several social media platforms. While instructive in terms of learning about their basic features and functionality and how to deliver effective messages to particular audiences, the ultimate result was a widespread distribution of postings across uncorrelated platforms.

That brings me to the purpose of this B&A blog site: to collect my scattered work into a common location where I can organize, update, and present what I’ve done to this point. It’s also a place to consider how to apply my experience thus far in support of the USAID-Feed the Future’s Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) underwritten by a grant from USAID Feed the Future.

Consider this a heartfelt “welcome to a new beginning” whereby you can travel with me to Tanzania and East Africa and look over my shoulder–or even collaborate with me–as I endeavor to increase the capacity of Tanzania to address its food security challenges that lie ahead.

Thanks in advance for your interest and involvement.