The Global Change Consulting Consortium
What we do: We are ready to do all manner of studies in
global change, other than regulatory work that is best left to organizations
with the full training and the interest in such matters. Similarly, we are not
prepared to offer purely economic analyses.
At this moment, we are
beginning our function as a corporation.
For some types of services, there will be a delay until we can offer the
services of the standards to which we are holding ourselves. The services that we propose are:
- Policy and planning studies, and prospective views – bringing
together active researchers with up-to-date expertise in diverse
disciplines, as needed, to synthesize and analyze the state of the
knowledge on virtually any topic in global change.
Workshops can be arranged at any appropriate venue and time, and
at relevant scales of numbers of participants and of number of presenters and
their suite of expertises.
- Laboratory and field work, of the scope
that can be accommodated in the laboratories and facilities of consortium
members. Why so? We note the unique design of the GCCC,
that the resources are not limited to those that can be gathered in a
central facility. Rather, they are
the collective resources of the members of the consortium at their own
Attibutes of our work:
- Breadth: As the membership of our
consortium grows, we aim to cover a great variety of fields in the life
sciences, engineering, information sciences, industrial operations, agriculture,
law, business, earth sciences, and more.
A list of over 300 specialties in which we seek members is given at
the end of the page accessed by clicking on How we operate and
then on For members, or simply clicking this link.
- Standards: High standards of scholarship derive
from, first, recruiting the leading practitioners of many specialities as
members, and, second, selecting a team of members for any project based on
the specific needs of each client.
The consequent advantages for members and clients in the consortium
- Limited overhead costs: The members have
base support from their home institutions rather than as permanent staff
at the GCCC with a continuing cost.
Their work for the GCCC is on their release time; the consortium
negotiates assurances that the time alloted by members for their work on
GCCC projects is sufficient, in amount and in scheduling.
- Appropriate focus of work: Serving clients well also demands pragmatism. High standards of scholarship are
pursued, yet not for their own sake.
The requirements of timely delivery and of direct relevance to the
client in format and content are as important.
- Scope and depth of studies: we are
prepared to offer studies of any reasonable range of magnitudes in
coverage, cost, and time frame, appropriate to the needs of the client.
Our mission statement
is accessible in full here or on
the navigation bar. In summary, our
- To offer scientific studies on global
change intended to lead to solutions that are effective, economic, and
- To be efficient, particularly by operating as a
consortium: for any work requested by a client, we compose
a team of our consortium members.
We design all the component tasks, and each team member agrees to a
set of tasks, a schedule, and a remuneration. The client gets the best team from a
national or international pool, and the members get rewarding work while
retaining their principal employment, typically in a university.
- To offer open solutions where feasible and fair, while fully protecting all proprietary
material as requested
- To offer new perspectives. We invite you to examine a list of
global-change issues that we frame in ways both tried and new.
First, please note that we are building our business.
incorporation and licensing in August, 2007. The co-founder, Vince Gutschick, recently made
the transition from an academic career, moving to full-time GCCC work on
1 January 2008.
We are ready to be engaged. We anticipate a smooth spin-up. The founders
are ready to find team members for any project in timely fashion, from among
their many career contacts in diverse sciences.
Our infrastructure is spare and
needs little scaling up because of our unique consortium design. Over the next several months, we will be
implementing a system with Web-based conferencing, collaboration, application
sharing, and secure databasing.