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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.


Unprecedented Migration

The Shift Age will be the greatest age of migration in history. A greater number of humans will migrate at some time of their lives than in any prior age. Some of this will be due to the fact that the human population is larger than ever before. This means that the sheer number of us will be a factor. In addition the percentage of the total population that will experience short to long term migration will increase as well. This reality will ramp up in the Transformation Decade and really take root in the 2020s. Let’s look ahead to see why.

The global stage of human evolution mentioned in the last chapter points to all of us developing a greater sense of self in the broader scheme of humanity. We will increasingly see ourselves as global citizens. I do already. I may have places I live, but my extensive travel, constant global connectivity and thinking as a futurist make me feel that I am indeed a global citizen. In my travels I meet many people who also think of themselves as global citizens. They all have a place or two they can call home but they think of themselves as ‘of the world’ more than of a specific place. This way of looking at oneself in relationship to the world will increase every day.
The global economy is a primary driver of this way of thinking. I have met Americans who make monthly trips to China for business, and Chinese that do the same in reverse. I know Australians who attend dozens of meeting and conferences a year in the United States, Asia and Europe. I have met Europeans who come to the United States every other week for business. Of course many of these people are in the upper strata of society or the business world. However, they are certainly not the only ones driving this migration to a global perspective.

People all around the world travel to other countries to work if their country is in deep recession or there are better wages elsewhere. The global reorganizational recession of 2007-2010 uprooted many people who realized that staying in their country was no longer economically viable and went elsewhere. The current economic situation in Europe is a case in point as many Portuguese have been jobless for so long that they are leaving to go work in Brazil, which has a much more dynamic economy. Yet, they are not necessarily moving there permanently. They could always migrate again.


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