Thought Leadership – Evangelizing The Future

Digital technologies and connectivity have transformed the way the world works. The cyber medium has transformed our lives including how we communicate, and how we do business. Social media platforms, and especially, LinkedIn, have led to a new paradigm for thought leadership as a catalyst for productivity and achievement in industry and government. For example, in my own work pursuits, LinkedIn has changed the methods and tactics of marketing, government, relations, strategic partnering, and business development. Those CV descriptions have all now meshed into interrelating components of building relationships for a company, product, or personal success. New corporate work descriptions that encapsulate the mesh include Chief Digital Officer, Chief Evangelist, and Technology Evangelist.

Wikipedia defines A technology evangelist as “a person who builds a critical mass of support for a given technology and then establishes it as a technical standard in a market that is subject to network effects. An evangelist promotes the use of a particular product or technology through talks, articles, blogging, user demonstrations, recorded demonstrations, or the creation of sample projects.”. Perhaps what is most exciting about the digital medium is that is an amazing vehicle for learning and sharing knowledge with peers, colleagues, and friends. Literally, data is always at your fingertips if you are connected to the Internet.
Thought leader Theo Priestley, in an article published In Forbes, Why Every Tech Company Needs A Chief Evangelist provides a good analysis of why evangelism is critical to success. He say;

“Evangelism creates a human connection with buyers and consumers to technology way beyond typical content marketing means because there’s a face and a name relaying the story, expressing the opinion, and ultimately influencing a decision. And in a world of data-driven, and automated marketing technologies, evangelism is something you just can’t hand over to a robot.”

My personal passion has been promoting thought leadership insights and discussion on the the issues of cybersecurity, homeland security, and emerging technologies. The exponential pace of the Fourth Industrial Revolution taking place makes it hard for anyone to keep up. My way of contributing to the public discourse has been through Digital Evangelism. This incorporates writing articles, speaking at events and conferences, blogging on a variety of publications as an SME, and most importantly, networking on social media. Whatever your interests, profession, or causes, digital interaction is readily available as your own personalized tool. The digital quest is targeted and perpetual and it is the future.


Chuck Brooks
Chuck Brooks
Chuck Brooks is a globally recognized thought leader and evangelist for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn”. He was named by Thompson Reuters as a “Top 50 Global Influencer in Risk, Compliance,” and by IFSEC as the “#2 Global Cybersecurity Influencer” in 2018. He is also a Cybersecurity Expert for “The Network” at the Washington Post, Visiting Editor at Homeland Security Today, and a Contributor to FORBES. In government, Chuck has received two senior Presidential appointments. Under President George W. Bush Chuck was appointed to The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the first Legislative Director of The Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. He also was appointed as Special Assistant to the Director of Voice of America under President Reagan. He served as a top Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter on Capitol Hill covering security and technology issues on Capitol Hill. In local government, he also worked as an Auxiliary Police officer for Arlington, Virginia. In industry, Chuck has served in senior executive roles for General Dynamics as the Principal Market Growth Strategist for Cyber Systems, at Xerox as Vice President & Client Executive for Homeland Security, for Rapiscan and Vice President of R & D, for SRA as Vice President of Government Relations, and for Sutherland as Vice President of Marketing and Government Relations. In academia, Chuck is Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University’s Applied Intelligence Program and graduate Cybersecurity Programs where he teaches courses on risk management, homeland security, and cybersecurity. He was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught a graduate course on homeland security for two years. He has an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago, a BA in Political Science from DePauw University, and a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.

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