Jim "Brodie" Brazell
Freelance Innovator | Technology Forecaster | Ed Tech Pioneer | Workforce Education Policy and Funding Strategist |
Jim is a dynamic speaker who can land a message and influence change in your culture. His audiences include speeches for students, parents, schools communities, industry associations, workforce boards, and economic development audiences.
In 2008, his essay, The Bellwether Sounds, for the National School Boards Journal was one of the first public voices proclaiming a Sputnik Moment for U.S. education, workforce, and economic development professionals—the need to recognize the importance of STEM as a catalyst for global competitiveness and security. The new age upon us requires a new way of thinking about the pace of technological change and our role as native innovators.
Jim’s speeches, 2002-2019, have reached over 50,000 audience members at the intersection of education, industry, workforce, and economic development globally. His influence as a technology forecaster, labor market analyst and education strategist has influenced public policy across the nation—especially in the key education states of Texas, California, Florida, and New York.
Jim was a Texas technology and labor market forecaster, 2002-2009, at the Innovation, Creativity, and Capital Institute (IC2), UT Austin. Jim’s predictions about the future have come to pass in what we now call serious games, augmented reality, virtual reality, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
In addition to analysis and forecasting, Jim’s work includes being a founding member of the Digital Media Collaboratory, a serious game lab responsible for one of the first serious games for the U.S. Army—Digital Warrior. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project was one of several led by Jim as a project manager and consulting analyst at IC2.org.
Jim served on the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant team for the largest grant to community colleges in NSF history—the Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC) for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. AMTEC was part of the congressional automotive industry bailout and it bolstered the certification of students and workers in advanced manufacturing systems—specifically robotics, mechatronics, and cyber physical computing.
His speeches, essays, white papers, journal articles, and book chapters, along with speeches can all be found at this site, on You Tube, and with Google search.
In 1995, Jim graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Bradley University—his focus was the sociology of cyberspace. He is a distinguished member of the Bradley University Speech Team having earned national titles from the National Forensics Association and the American Forensics Association.
Jim is a 1995 George Gilder Fellow in High Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy, Discovery Institute, WA. Jim and his wife Lisa and daughter Ava live in San Antonio, Texas, USA.