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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.


So here we are, more than 10% into the 21st Century, deeply entrenched into the physical and mental reality of the 20th Century. Change is happening, thinking is rapidly changing, and the screen reality is becoming ever more important, disruptive, and accelerative. The new global problems of the Earth Century are pressing in upon us as we remain settled into the physical reality of the last century. Many of us, particularly those of us that embrace change and understand the dynamics of the Shift Age, feel the crush and conflict between the legacy landscape we all live in and the urgent need to find new ways to live, think, and recast the past.

What do we need to do?

Retrofit the 20th Century

At any time prior in history, new inventions and new things were simply created without significant restrictions from past inventions. Railroads were simply laid over the stage coach paths and the country roads that worked for horse and buggy became paved to handle automobiles. And there was plenty of space for new places and things to develop.

The issue we have today is the predominance of all the 20th Century physical constructs that dominate the world. Think about the view when you travel by plane. When flying into any large city or megalopolis such as New York, Los Angeles, or Sao Paulo, the approach to the airport is over an almost endless amount of urban sprawl. The often polluted atmosphere is colored a hazy brown or grey. This is the urban landscape of the 20th Century.

We can't simply start anew with new structures, transportation systems, and cities, leaving what exists behind. There is simply no room when the landscape is covered with these 20th Century constructs.
Simply put, for the first time in the history of humanity we don't have a blank canvas on which to paint a new picture. Painting and creation of the new has to be infused back into the old. We must develop the vision of the 21st Century,then turn and face the landscape dealt us by the 20th Century and retrofit it.


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