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About Joel Barker

Joel Barker was the first person to popularize the concept of paradigm shifts for the corporate world. He began his work in 1975 after spending a year on fellowship, meeting and working with visionary thinkers in both North America and Europe.

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 program, 'Discovering the Future: The Business of Paradigms'. By 1988, it was the best selling business film in history. In 1990, he released his second program, 'The Power of Vision'. This became his second best seller and has also been translated into more than a dozen languages.

His groundbreaking book on paradigms, Future Edge (1992), was listed as one of the most influential business books of that year by the prestigious Library Journal.

In 2005, Five Regions of the Future, written with fellow futurist Scott Erickson offered a bold new way of looking at today's rapidly evolving technologies: as five distinct "ecosystems" that each operates with a distinct set of values, advantages, and disadvantages.

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, Pi Lambda Theta for his part in supporting educational innovation.

Formerly director of the Futures Studies Department of the Science Museum of Minnesota from 1974 to 1978, he has spoken to more than 1 million people around the world and his films have been seen by more than 250 million people.