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.


The Accelerating Electronic Connectedness of humanity is of course a primary enabler of this new migratory flow of people around the world. It allows us to see our loved ones every day via video no matter where we are (assuming a good connection, which is becoming ever more common). We are in constant communication. Since communication is no longer restricted by time, distance or place we can be anywhere and speak to anyone anytime. The only thing that needs to be factored in is time zones. I often say that being in a good hotel room with high-speed connectivity is a very productive place. I can communicate via email, chat or video, I can write, I can work out, I can eat and then go give a speech. No one, except of course the live audience really cares where I am.

  • Complimentary to this connectedness is the ever-lower costs of this connectivity. Skype is essentially free computer-to-computer and very low cost to phones and cell phones. There are services that allow one to call from a computer anywhere in the world for around $20 a year as the calls are treated as local calls. I remember speaking with my father when I was young and he was on a trip in Africa and another one when he was in Europe several decades ago. I remember that those calls were $30 a minute and arranged by an international operator. So not only is there accelerating connectivity; that connectivity is close to free.
  • Another influence to this coming massive wave of temporary migration is the less is more trend discussed earlier. We will have less stuff and will continue to have less. We have our content in digital form. We can move our stuff and our technology for a several month stay working in another country by simply checking an extra bag. I travel with 80 gigs of music, which represents hundreds of albums. I listen to this music with various noise reduction headphones or ear buds. I usually travel with 50-75 books, all on my ereader and app phone. Of course I have a light laptop for writing and work. So a “move” is less of a big deal than it used to be.

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