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 context of the Earth Century is and will increasingly orient us all to a more global view. In the Anthropocene Era, when humanity is the single most powerful force on the future of the planet we will inevitably realize getting through the Earth Century in a sustainable way is all our problem. The subset of this context, thinking of our planet as Spaceship Earth makes us all crew, not passengers.

The evisceration of the Concept of Place of course will affect thinking about any place based entity be it a city, state, province or nation.

The Shift Age generations are and will be much more global in their thinking. The Millennials are and will work toward more integrative solutions to global problems than their parents. Many of this generation grew up playing video games with other members of their generation from other countries around the world. They have spent the majority of their lives living in a global economy. The Digital Natives will have grown with screens, and screens have no boundaries or nationalities. These Digital Natives will be adults in the 2020s after all the change from the Transformation Decade.

Finally the context of the coming evolutionary shift in human consciousness and awareness is completely free of nation state concepts and limitations. It will be a change in human consciousness.
In the next chapter we will look at why the Shift Age will be the age of the greatest migrations in history. When historically unprecedented numbers of people move freely and often around the world, the inevitable effect will be to decrease the power of nationalism.

Content Archive


1935 Brookdale Road | Suite 139
Naperville, IL 60563
(800) 432-7444 or 800-43Bright (toll-free)
(630) 961-3900 (phone)
(630) 961-2168 (fax)