Fuller and Deming Will Be Seen As The Real Billionaire Makers!
Everyone today knows the name Bill Gates, but how many people have heard of Buckminster Fuller and Edwards Deming? Not as many as soon will as the future quickly heads towards us via the Information Super Highway.
In his book, “The Road Ahead”, C1995 … Bill Gates tells his story of what the Information Super Highway (Network) may be like and today, in 2009 some of it is here like the easy access to information and entertainment.
Mr Gates, as one of the founders of Microsoft shares some of the strategies, and tactics employed by the players in the rise of the computer industry to “profit” from their various hardware and software products and delaying the introduction of a product would occur if it helped the bottom line of the firm.
The major player of the time was of course IBM Computers who … “set the record for the most money ever made by any firm in a single year — $6.6 billion profit. In that banner year IBM introduced its second-generation personal computer, a high performance machine called the PC AT .. ” (P55, The Road Ahead)
In addition to IBM’s ability to delay introduction of new models, it also delayed development of the PC which was starting to become as powerful as IBM’s mini computers which, along with mainframe computers were the major components of the IBM business.
Gates mentions the strategy employed by IBM in the development of the OS/2 to slow it’s competitors and preferably put them out of business.
It certainly sounds like greed and fear and yet IBM had just made $6.6 billion profit in one year.
Microsoft negotiated hard to have control over the OS/2 software development however they, in comparison to IBM at the time were a small operation.
In 1992, IBM and Microsoft stopped their joint development of OS/2.
IBM reputedly invested $2 billion into OS/2. “
If IBM and Microsoft had found a way to work together, thousands of people-years – the best years of some of the best engineers at both companies – would not have been wasted.” (p 62, The Road Ahead)
Working together … cooperating would have saved thousands of people-years and Bill Gates goes on to add “ … graphical computing would have become mainstream years sooner.”
A members association Your Healthy Planet.com is creating a structure to engineer and encourage cooperation for the benefit of everyone.
Dr Edwards Deming made it very clear that competition does not work in business, that it is cooperation and working together that works to cause prosperity and wealth.
Dr Deming, the American management consultant who lead the Japanese recovery after the Second World War only started to be listened to in the United States when he was in his late 80’s and early 90’s (around 1990).
See YouTube for some good footage.
Dr Deming taught a lot about minimising waste, and that recognition of individuals in business is a fallacy, that much better results come from rewarding and recognising groups … and that is still not being listened to today.
R Buckminster Fuller said much the same thing as far as recycling materials went and the fact that wealth which is the product of knowledge and materials can only ever increase. We have the ability to produce more with less everyday, continuing and never ending improvement as Dr Deming would say.
“There should be no losers in world game, only winners. To win everybody had to win.” World Game, R Buckminster Fuller 1961.
Fuller predicted the Information Super Highway, however he saw it as an evolutionary process towards the creation of wealth for everyone on board planet Earth, rather than the creation of enormous wealth by a select few.
The structure being developed for Your Healthy Planet.com with it’s cooperative marketplace, ‘GOOD NEWS’ and Living Institutes and most importantly the abundance context are aligned with both Deming and Fuller.
Yes, Buckminster Fuller and Dr Deming are the instigators of a future that will create true billionaires … particularly billionaires for world peace.