Working as change agent on the front lines of organizations of various sizes, Barry Carter has spent the past twenty years as employee, manager, engineer, consultant and business owner. His career has been focused on the details of work, at the grassroots level, implementing change within organizations while learning about the state of work, human organization and business first hand.
He has worked with many of the progressive management programs of the past twenty years as a hands-on, front-line manager or implementer. He spent six years as an employee with IBM in three different manufacturing plants, seven years with Cooper Industries and also worked as an employee with GM/Hughes Aircraft, Printronix, Cimco and Defense Logistic Agency. He has also worked as an improvement consultant to Revlon and Price Club and interfaced with various regulatory agencies.
Carter has worked extensively with many suppliers and customers, again at the grassroots level, including HP, 3M, Wang, Tokyo Electronics Corporation, Data Products, Martin-Marietta, Kentek (Japan Radio Corporation), and dozens of other small, medium and large companies. He also founded and ran his own information processing business in California for five years.
As a teenager and young adult, prior to college graduation he worked for ten years as a construction worker (in his father’s construction business), repair technician and farm hand, learning about the current state of work and wealth creation first hand.
Carter synthesized the Mass Privatization trend—an evolving virtual networked organizing system for the knowledge era, based upon ownership of specific work by the individual performing it. He is the founding partner of WinWinWorld Network, a global Mass Privatization community of interconnected owning partners and organizations with the mission of expanding the Mass Privatization paradigm, thus helping introduce win/win wealth creation and usher in the “Win/Win Era.”
To solve the problems facing us (humanity) at the beginning of the 21st Century will require nothing less than our learning to work together. We must learn to Co-Operate. As Barry Carter explains in the conclusion of his book Infinite Wealth:
“Our social institutions are dying. The pain we feel is the pain of death and birth simultaneously, the death of one civilization and the birth of a new one. We have entered a period in which the conservative person who does not take risks and needs stability has become the risk taker, the radical, and the gambler. It is a period in which the one who refuses to change will surely be the one who will lose the most in the coming years. There is no going back to the way things used to be. Back to the basics is a failed policy. The future has already begun, and the trend is clear.
“Starting today you must have a completely new outlook on life. You must be responsible. You can no longer depend on employers, unions, or governments to look out for your economic well-being, to provide you with a job, retirement, social security, health care, or a safety net. “From this day forward you and your global network of partners are responsible for creating work and wealth for yourselves. If you have no network you have no security. All of the rules have changed. The guarantees and promises made to you by Industrial Age society are null and void and will be breached. “The government and controlled economies have no choice. The power bestowed on them in the Industrial Age is slipping away––to you the individual supplier and customer. You the individual supplier and customer have no choice about accepting this responsibility. Mass victimization is no longer an option.
“Because most companies and employees are not seriously preparing, the number of companies that fail to make the transition could be extremely high. And there likely will be no unemployment benefits, no welfare, and no Social Security safety nets to catch those who fall. Your network is your security. As we stand poised on the edge of the greatest advancement and growth boom in history, we may stumble. Many may lose life, fortune, and standard of living and suffer tremendous hardship. “We the individuals are the only ones who can make the change. Our corporate and political leaders do not have the power, vision, or intelligence to address the root causes. We the people must wake up from the Industrial Age sleep into which our factory-style schools, jobs, and governing system have lulled us. We must come out of our defined compartments and take responsibility. Our leaders cannot do what has to be done to correct our problems; this responsibility does not lie in their bureaus of specialty. It is not in their job descriptions.
“History has shown that real change usually comes only through crisis. The evidence shows that the crisis has begun. Tens of thousands are dead from the transition. We can possibly lessen or prevent the crisis if we align ourselves with the change. Today we have the technology, knowledge, power, ability, intelligence, and willingness to move faster toward win-win wealth creation. “We must use intelligence to recognize what is occurring and move with the natural flow of things and with all deliberate speed. Either way, we have to make the transition. Meandering along simply means that we will pay a higher price in life, death, suffering, standard of living, and debt for our children. Meandering also risks complete collapse and possibly a dark millennium.
“The universe does not guarantee our standard of living or our survival. Perhaps our ancestors had to meander during periods of social transition because there was little or no precedent and little knowledge to use the precedents there were. We are fortunate because we can learn from their mistakes. As the late Carl Sagan said, “we see further because we stand on their shoulders” (1980).
“Becoming aligned with the coming change will allow us to avoid pain and to prosper. Let’s get on with it. Let’s stop the bleeding and start the fun, passion, and living! This will be the most fun and exciting time of our lives!”
You can view more of Barry’s writings or order his book Infinite Wealth at his website Win-Win World. His book can be purchased in bookstores everywhere including Amazon and Barnes & Nobel. There is also an abbreviated free online version, which has been reposted at Future Positive:
See: 1) The Rise of a Win Win Civilization 2) A Personal Journey of Discovery 3) Why Corporations Don’t Work 4) The Emancipation of Capitalism 5) Mass Privatization: Organizing in the Information Age 6) Decentralized Wealth Creation 7) The Infinite Wealth Potential of Liberated Humans 8) The Mandate for Win-Win Wealth Creation 9) Breakpoint: Why You Must Act Now 10) SYNOCRACY: True Democracy Through Synergy 11) THE SHIFT: Awaking to a Win-Win World 12) The Synthesis of a Win-Win World and 13)Vision for a Synergic Transition.
Or write Barry directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org