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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.


Now, if there is no time, distance, or place any longer connected with human communication, then have we have arrived at Utopia, at least in communications? Does this mean that in the Shift Age humanity might begin to experience Utopia outside communications? It is worth holding the possibility of that in our thinking about the future. It might be ours to create, or at least move towards, in this Earth Century.
Welcome to the first beginnings of Utopia. We are now here. The real question is where we go and what we do that might further expand our no-placeness, our Utopia.

Or as one of my intellectual heroes R. Buckminster Fuller suggested more than 40 years ago, we are entering a critical moment, a profound "fork in the road." Utopia or Oblivion?

We have taken a first step into Utopia. Can it help us to further down that path and avoid Oblivion?



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