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Agile Publishing Model.

Futurist David Houle

Welcome to the future!  The future of humanity and the future of publishing.

I am very excited about my new book Entering the Shift Age and the new model of publishing Sourcebooks has created, the Agile Publishing Model (APM). The APM is an innovative platform that allows authors to make their content available faster and in a more flexible format. For example, to suit your needs and interests as readers, Sourcebooks offers a variety of ways to purchase the content of Entering the Shift Age, either in individual parts (“mini eBooks”) or as a whole. (Check out “How to Purchase: The Agile Way”.) You can learn more about the APM by watching the video below.

This is part of the future of publishing. Now let’s turn toward our own future, the future of humanity.

We now live in the Shift Age, a time of transformation that will be regarded by future historians as one of the most significant periods in human history. The Shift Age is one of those inflection points or times when much of humanity will change how we live, how we think, how we interact with each other and what we do.


The goal is first to create a global availability view, then a global consumption view and finally to map the areas that can most quickly move to alternative and renewable. Once this is achieved, we can map where there is the greatest amount of energy waste and drive efficiency and conservation in those areas.

How can this be done? This may be one of the primary issues- along with the related climate change issue- that initiates the movement toward the Global Council idea set forth in Part Two.

The Global Council is an arbitrary name I have given to what I see as an inevitable global organization that comes into being, initially on an issue by issue basis, to deal with the global issues that transcend nation states and the United Nations

Energy is fundamentally now a global issue as its use affects all of us globally. Global entities will be created initially around issues or problems that have largely global solutions. Climate change and a cohesive long term vision for humanity’s use of energy calls out for a global entity to be created which comes from the Spaceship Earth point of view rather than any nation state’s self-interest. This new energy council will be initially a design entity that will work on the systemic design of global energy development and use, with global support to entirely recast the view of energy and humanity. When energy use in one part of the world affects another part of the world, which is where we now are, this becomes the virtual necessity.

One might think of the Global Council on Energy as the most intelligent, connected, chat room about energy that exists. It would be comprised of leading thinkers and visionaries charged with the task of the global systems design for human energy use in the Earth Century.


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