Joel Barker discovered that the concept of paradigms, which at 1975 was sequestered within the scientific discussion, could explain revolutionary change in all areas of human endeavor.
He began his work in 1975 after spending a year on fellowship meeting and working with visionary thinkers in both North America and Europe. By 1985 he had built the case on paradigms applied to business, and corporations and nations were seeking his advice.
In 1980, in addition to his work on paradigms, he began to focus on a second crucial component for organizations and individuals: the importance of vision. In 1986 he released his first videotape, "Discovering the Future: The Business of Paradigms", and by 1988 it was the best-selling business video in history. In 2001 he updated this film to include contemporary examples and a shortened version.
In 1990 he released his second video, "The Power of Vision", also translated into more than a dozen languages. His book on paradigms, "Future Edge", was listed as one of the most influential business books of 1992 by the prestigious Library Journal.
Joel Barker has worked with organizations and governments all over the world, including Singapore, Venezuela, Canada, Mexico and Peru. His honors include an honorary Doctorate in Visionary Leadership from St. Mary's University and the Excellence in Education Award given to him by the International Education Association.
Formerly director of the Future Studies Department of the Science Museum of Minnesota from 1974 to 1978, he has spoken to more than 1 million people and his films have been seen by more than 250 million people around the world.