OF TSV FOUNDER,
CARTER VINCENT SMITH
CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION.
Carter’s concern for the world’s people began as a child at the
dinner table. His father was an immigrant’s son who surpassed
his dream of captaining a ferry boat to become a much decorated
US Navy Admiral who fought in three wars. His mother escaped
from Macon Georgia to marry his father in Shanghai in a romance
memorialized in the epic film “Sand Pebbles”. His uncle, a
China expert, ambassador and contender for Secretary of
State, was a frequent visitor, even after his career was
tragically sacrificed to the McCarthy era communist witch hunts.
Carter was raised on both
coasts and survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor by hiding under
a bed. Later he graduated from Lakeside in Seattle (a nerdy kid
like a later graduate – Bill Gates). With scholarships to MIT
and Harvard, Carter chose MIT, hoping to save the world with
However, at MIT, he faltered, shaken by
not being the most brilliant mind there – and still in
adolescent rebellion against authority. However, he stayed in
Boston to become one of IBM’s very first computer programmers
(1957) and then returned to MIT to do pioneering robotic
research with Claude Shannon (the father of modern digital
communications and information theory).
After graduation, Carter
developed computer models at Boeing that maximized hypothetical
millions of Russians killed for various nuclear strategies and
thousands of pigs-in-overcoats killed by depleted uranium
warheads. His disgust at the latter caused a switch to
commercial aircraft where his computer models led to Boeing’s
expansion in the commercial market place and the termination of
a strike by 50,000 machinists.
Boeing also gave Carter a
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship to the University of Washington where he
received a MS in Math and a PhC in Computer Science – doing
early research in Artificial Intelligence (but failing to train
an early 1970’s era computer to learn like a Piaget child).
Later as a national and international consultant in
information technology and financial operations, Carter
developed work and profitability models that saved client’s
millions and doubled Citibank's Credit Card profits. A grievous
assignment for a Mexico City stockbrokerage led him back to the
As head of IT research and
planning for a Japanese owned bank, Carter was responsible for
managing a project portfolio of over $100m. Following a
successful on-budget $25m Y2K effort, he championed the bank’s
move into the web era. Currently, Carter is the Chief
Information Officer and a founding partner of LSI Outsourcing.
Throughout his career Carter
has shown a unique ability to understand the crux of a business
process, to utilize the best of technology and management
techniques, to obtain consensus, to quantify the project’s costs
and benefits, to obtain funding by preparing a clear business
proposal, and to minimize risk by putting together successful
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE
STORY. But that is only the business side of
the story. Carter’s spiritual journey started with his
ego-smashing problems at MIT. His difficulties and self
perception led to such “existential angst” (a classmate compared
him to Camus’ “The Stranger”) that even marriage and children
did not help – eventually leading to depression and alcoholism.
Reluctantly choosing a
recovery program over suicide in 1974 cracked Carter’s lifelong
agnosticism – and opened him up to spiritual power or God, “the
Great Reality found deep down within us”.
In the 30 years since then,
Spoken to thousands and
worked personally with hundreds of recovering
addicts/alcoholics on how to live happily in this world
without chemical assistance (he is still very active).
Taught (with a
small staff he hired and obtained bank funding for) a
thousand uptight banker–technologists to stretch their human
potential. (as trained by Bob Mowab).
Was one of the very first
American Firewalkers – in the backyard of a Beverly hills
mansion – in 1983 with Tony Robbins (scared to death. )
Pioneered Quality Circles
in western banking.
Facilitated Sheri Carter
Scott’s workshops, supported Marshal Thurber at “Money and
You”, learned to trust his own power tramping the desert
with Castaneda, did 50 rebirths, the Christ Training, and
the rigorous Six Month Training with the World Healing
Organization. Took his whole family to est.
Relived a dozen past
lives under the guidance of Dick Sutphen and the lovely
Chris Griscom in Galisco New Mexico, intensively studied the
clarity and vision of the metaphysics of Seth, and received
personal interviews and guidance from the powerful channeled
entities Dr Peebles and Bashar.
Utilized his training as
a shamanic counselor by Michael Harner to guide terminal
AIDS patients and others on healing journeys to the upper
and lower shamanic worlds.
Was an intensive 15
year student of the non-dual mystic Christianity expressed
by “A Course in Miracles” – meeting most of the founders and
practicing the precepts daily.
Trained for last dozen
years as a Buddhist - extensive retreats/ teachings/
initiations in Rockies, Nova Scotia, Himalayas,
Nepal and Dharmsala by Geshe Gelson, the Dalai Lama, Garchen Rinpoche,
Ruth Gilbert, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema
Chodren, Chogyam Trungpa, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Allyn Lyon – including teacher
training, refuge and bodhisattva vows, dathun,
sutrayanna and vajrayana seminary. (His Buddhist name is
SengGe NgagGi – Lion of Speech.) Carter teaches/ instructs
regularly as a certified Shambhala Meditation Instructor.
Trained 30 days
in the intense body
scanning Vipassana techniques of S.N. Goenka. Is an
enthusiastic and ongoing student of the elegant and precise
Vipassana meditation techniques of the Buddhist Shingon monk
and Zen teacher Shinzen Young (over half a dozen retreats).
"Three mindful meditation practices useful in stopping
habitual negative egoic reactions in life situations" ---
with recovering alcoholics, Buddhists, Terminal Island
prisoners, students and others.
Inspired by an intense
study of the works of Ken Wilber – considered the “most
comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times", Carter
researched many other sources and utilized his first hand
experience with the positive and negative impacts of
globalization – from impoverished beggars to the stressed out
wealthy -- in order to develop the Twelve Stage
model of human development that provides insight into our accelerating evolution
attracted by Andrew Cohen's work with Ken Wilber, and Andrew's
teachings on collective enlightenment, Carter
attended a nine day intensive and became an Evolutionary
Enlightenment Practitioner. He is currently working on resolving
the different Buddhist approaches to awakening with the
disarmingly simple and practical but surprisingly deep and
robust teachings of Abraham-Hicks.
Carter is an avid skier, surfer, and hiker
has studied Tai Chi, Yoga, and recently received a black belt in
Tai Kwan Do (he suggests doing this at
16, not 60).
In his spare time Carter
travels and helps his artistic and stage designer wife, Franny,
or visits their six children and nine grandchildren.