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.


Download Entering the Shift AgeClick here to download the complete .pdf of Part Four of Entering the Shift Age.


Another large context by which the Shift Age will be framed relates to how we view, and live with, the effects of the 20th Century.

A Time Lapse Photographic Sequence of Change

It could easily be argued that more change and alteration occurred in the 20th Century than occurred in the prior 150,000 years that modern humanity has lived. The 20th Century, more than any other 100-year period in history, altered the landscape of the planet.

Imagine a theoretical time-lapse photographic sequence where at the beginning of each century since 1000 there was a panoramic photograph taken of the region where you live. Now flip through those images in order. There may or may not have been noticeable change through the first nine photographs through 1800, depending on where you live. But no matter the place, by the tenth photograph, in 1900, there was probably some noticeable change from the prior one.

Now imagine that theoretical photograph from 1900 of almost any inhabited place on the six continents and compare it to the one taken in 2000. Wow!
What is in that 2000 photograph that was absent in the one from 1900? A partial list:

  • Roads and highways for automobiles
  • Airports
  • Skyscrapers
  • Pipelines
  • Suburbia
  • Motorized and electric public transport
  • Shopping centers
  • Office and industrial parks
  • Telephone lines
  • Electrical lines
  • Radio, TV, and satellite towers, antennas, and dishes
  • Gas stations and fast food restaurants
  • Widespread use of concrete
  • Smog and pollution


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