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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.


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

 

The first large context through which we must view the Shift Age is that the 21st Century is the Earth Century.

Humanity has entered the 21st Century with a rapidly growing awareness that it is having a significant effect on Earth. Environmental awareness, climate change, drought, record heat, and extreme weather are all showing us that something dire is going on with our planet. And there is increasing evidence that we are causing this adverse effect on Earth. This understanding will shape a great deal of the change we will experience in the Shift Age.

A Quick Look Back

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. This event, to some degree, was a result of the question Stewart Brand asked in the late 1960s: “Why haven’t we seen a picture of the whole earth?” Then we had the classic “earth rise” photo taken from an Apollo spacecraft in 1968. What we all saw stunned us. There in the midst of infinite blackness was this beautiful blue and green planet we call home. It looked so finite, and indeed fragile, that we understood the name Spaceship Earth. Alone in the midst of infinite space was our home, our only home.

This photo arguably launched the environmental movement, with Earth Day 1970 being a formal beginning. This environmental mindset took a while to take off, however.

Then, in the 1990s and into this century, environment consciousness exploded. As a baby boomer parent, I marveled at the commitment my young son had to recycling. It showed me that a new generation was being raised with embedded environmental awareness that was far more fully developed than any I had known prior to the first Earth Day.

When Al Gore came out with his “Inconvenient Truth” presentation and film in 2006, it was clear that this awareness had gone beyond the new younger generation, the hardcore environmental movement, and a growing body of scientists. While this event, and to some degree Mr. Gore himself, triggered a backlash, the direction was clear. All of us, to a greater or lesser degree, were now living in both the conversation about man’s effect on earth and that developing reality.

This photo arguably launched the environmental movement, with Earth Day 1970 being a formal beginning. This environmental mindset took a while to take off, however.

Then, in the 1990s and into this century, environment consciousness exploded. As a baby boomer parent, I marveled at the commitment my young son had to recycling. It showed me that a new generation was being raised with embedded environmental awareness that was far more fully developed than any I had known prior to the first Earth Day.

When Al Gore came out with his “Inconvenient Truth” presentation and film in 2006, it was clear that this awareness had gone beyond the new younger generation, the hardcore environmental movement, and a growing body of scientists. While this event, and to some degree Mr. Gore himself, triggered a backlash, the direction was clear. All of us, to a greater or lesser degree, were now living in both the conversation about man’s effect on earth and that developing reality.

 



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