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.


Years ago, when I was first formulating my thoughts about the Shift Age, one of the initial driving concepts was that humanity would, sometime in the not too distant future, experience an evolutionary shift in consciousness. Two years before my first book “The Shift Age” was published, I launched the blog for this reason. When asked about the title, I simply stated my belief in this impending change that was why I chose the name. I had steeled myself for negative response. After all, it was a pretty radical thought. What surprised me, however, was the lack of ridicule I received. If this idea was not always accepted and embraced, it was at least something people considered.

There are several large contexts that most people have experienced that have opened them up to the possibility that this new evolutionary shift in consciousness might occur. These include: the passage to a new century, a new age and a new decade; the “dawning of the Age of Aquarius” for those that follow astrology, an idea around since the 1960s; and the increased awareness of the Mayan Prophecy of 2012, which predicts a transformative change for humanity on 12/21/12. All of these things have made people more receptive to at least the consideration that the age we are in may well usher in a new consciousness.

As I stated in the first chapter of this book, each age has been brought about by a significant development in a particular field that has spurred humanity's progress:

  • Tools defined the Agricultural Age
  • Machines defined the Industrial Age
  • Technology defined the Information Age
  • Consciousness will define the Shift Age


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