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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.


These global agencies will be the first steps to the eventual creation of a Global Council which will ultimately supplant the United Nations. Each of these will be limited in authority to addressing single global issue. These will come into existence in the remaining years of the Transformation Decade and will lead to the larger Global Council in the 2020s when the need for such an entity will be abundantly clear.

During this time the United Nations will transition to a place for economic and human rights issues between nations and the adjudication of trade treaties and economic interactions.

Nation states will continue but will become more focused on the national issues of infrastructure, public safety, education, national economics and the general well being of the citizenry. In an ever more globally integrating culture, the nation state will also take on the preservation of national culture, folk culture and the cultural histories of the countries; aspects of culture that are increasingly on display in museums and the occasional legacy national holidays. With nation states turning somewhat more inward, having uploaded authority to the various global councils on global issues, perhaps there could be an opportunity to institute national happiness indexes, something I have written about years ago. Why is Bhutan the only country with a history of having a national happiness index? That would be a welcome change in the political landscape; politicians campaigning on how they would increase the happiness index of the citizenry rather than attacking each other in an ever more integrating world.

Forces and Contexts Initiating the Global Stage of Human Evolution

The three forces of the Shift Age all play a part. The Flow to Global is obvious as it orients economics, society and culture to an ever more global orientation. The Flow to the Individual creates ever more independent and powerful individuals who can choose to define themselves more globally that nationally. The reason they can is the because of the third flow, the Accelerating Electronic Connectedness of the world. This as mentioned several times connects us all without limitations of time, distance or place for the first time in history. To some degree, nations have existed because of a sense of separateness. This is fading fast.


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