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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.


Dr. Eric Williams Superintendent of the York County Division in Virginia is creating a transformative technology infrastructure. As Eric said to me over a delightful dinner “We want students to leverage technology to connect globally with peers and adults.” To do so he is creating a 24/7 cloud with high speed bandwidth and access in the district that additionally allows for virtual learning, creating a blended learning approach that will be integral to Shift Ed education on all levels. This allows students both move forward at varying rates and to comfortably integrate the screen and physical realities they have already adapted to outside the classroom. An extension of this is to encourage students to bring, and use, their cell phone and other devices into the classroom. BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) as he calls it. This is a transformative step as most schools make students either leave their own devices in lockers or turn them off. This helps students to begin to see their smart phones as portals of learning. This allows for four new learning dynamics to occur: global connectivity, anytime/anywhere/any device learning, open source/crowdsourcing and personalization/choice. In other words the real world of the Shift Age we prepare our children for. This practice will begin first in the developed countries where smartphones are now in the majority of phones used. In the developing countries cell phones are significantly cheaper that in developed countries. In these poorer countries, schools will bring smart handheld devices into the classroom for students to share.

Dr. Cynthia Elsberry, the Superintendent of the Horry County School System in the largest geographical county east of the Mississippi, is now encouraging connectivity in all classrooms and is creating an initiative to help teachers uneasy with technology become comfortable to do so as they interact with their Digital Native students. This initiative will include Digital Native students helping to teach the teachers. This is transformative as teachers of the Baby Boomer generation are openly acknowledging that in the area of digital expertise, they, the teachers must learn from their students. All around the world the Boomer generation is not up to speed with their students in the digital device realm.


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