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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.


The Shift Age generations are another factor in this growing temporary migration. Both generations have been connected for their adult lives so they by nature are more global in orientation.

During recent trips to Australia and New Zealand I met Millennials who were making more money there than they could make in the United States and Europe. Many of them had a long-term view of spending 3-10 years working their way around the world. In conversations with Millennials, the common thread was their desire to experience the world, work while doing it and be global in their viewpoint. They didn’t think of themselves as on a vacation, or taking a gap year, they viewed what they were doing as part of a logical life trajectory. For example, my son just completed a year working in New Zealand in the environmental and alternative energy sector. He helped author a report that was widely discussed in parliament. He said to me that he was able to make more money doing this work than in the United States and that his work had a greater impact as New Zealand was so much smaller than the United States.

The Digital Natives will be even more integrated into this new world and will consider the entire globe as where they live and work. Their life long reality of always having interactive screens with which to connect to each other will be the one constant for them, so the generation will have least place based identity than any prior one. If they travel with their parents they will of course stay in close contact with their friends at “home” via social media and video so this will be a reality they know at a young age.

The Golden Age of Africa

The Golden Age of Africa will be part of this mass migration. The Transformation Decade will usher in this new great age for the continent. By the 2020s Africa will be entering a golden age of economic prosperity. There are several reasons for this.

It is the last continent to fully be integrated into the global economy in a productive way. Historically, as countries became successful as low cost producers to the world they gradually elevated their economies to the point that they were no longer low cost. For example, when I was young Japan was the primary supplier of inexpensive goods to the United States. Then it was Mexico, then Korea and more recently China. In each case the success of supplying the world as a low cost producer created dynamic economies of growing wealth that raised costs in each of those countries. This meant that the low cost production to the world moved down the food chain of developing countries. What will be the last continent to be where low cost production flows? Africa in the 2020s.



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