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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.


Entering the Shift Age: Content Review

Chapter Twenty-Six: Power

Throughout human history there has been power. The power of Mother Nature and the Earth. The power of the planets and their force fields. And of course, power as defined and wielded by humans.

Human Power

Human power has many different shapes and shades. People have been born into power, earned power, seized power, and been given power. A few have created subsequent power over others through the ages due to what they wrote or spoke—Socrates, Machiavelli, Thomas Jefferson, Darwin, and Marx are just a few. No matter how much power these people had while alive, they wielded incredible power for millions who came after them due to their thoughts and writings. Others had even larger posthumous power due to the starting of major religions: Jesus, Buddha, Mohamed, and Confucius are just a few examples.

 

Chapter Twenty-Five: The Era of Big Data

The Shift Age ushers in the Era of Big Data. The amount of data, the amount of information that will be created in the Shift Age will be far greater that all that humanity has created up to now. The Information Age made us all feel the effects of information overload. Everything that the Information Age gave us is a simple platform for the data explosion of the Shift Age.

The History and Future of Information and Data

The statistics about the explosion of information here is the Shift Age are nothing short of incredible.

From the beginning of modern humanity to the year 2003, humanity created a total of between 3 and 12 exabytes of data depending upon various estimates. An exabyte is a million terabytes. By the year 2010, humanity was generating 3 exabytes every four days! In 2012 this means that everyday humanity is now creating as much information as was creating in the first 150,000 years of modern humanity. Wonder why you might feel a bit of information overload?

 

Chapter Twenty-Four: Society and Economics

In the Shift Age, society, social conventions and definitions are certainly undergoing great shift and will continue to do so. Again, an entire book could be written on this topic alone. However, in the last five years of speaking to audiences all over the world there are several areas of society and human endeavor that are of consistent interest and consistently come up in the question and answer session after a speech. It is some of these, not dealt with elsewhere in the book that we take a look at here.

Retirement

The social concept of retirement is steeped in legacy thought. The now fading vision of retirement was created during the post WWII economic boom in developed countries. The idea of retiring at age 65, or at age 60 if one was vested in a secure pension plan became a set model. Work until that age, get a gold watch, have a nice retirement party and walk out of the workplace to move to a sunny place and play golf, shuffleboard and bridge. Nice! This reality existed when the average life span was around 70, so 65 gave us all a few years in the sun.

 

Chapter Twenty-Five: The Era of Big Data

The Shift Age ushers in the Era of Big Data. The amount of data, the amount of information that will be created in the Shift Age will be far greater that all that humanity has created up to now. The Information Age made us all feel the effects of information overload. Everything that the Information Age gave us is a simple platform for the data explosion of the Shift Age.

The History and Future of Information and Data

The statistics about the explosion of information here is the Shift Age are nothing short of incredible.

From the beginning of modern humanity to the year 2003, humanity created a total of between 3 and 12 exabytes of data depending upon various estimates. An exabyte is a million terabytes. By the year 2010, humanity was generating 3 exabytes every four days! In 2012 this means that everyday humanity is now creating as much information as was creating in the first 150,000 years of modern humanity. Wonder why you might feel a bit of information overload?

 

Chapter Twenty-Four: Society and Economics

In the Shift Age, society, social conventions and definitions are certainly undergoing great shift and will continue to do so. Again, an entire book could be written on this topic alone. However, in the last five years of speaking to audiences all over the world there are several areas of society and human endeavor that are of consistent interest and consistently come up in the question and answer session after a speech. It is some of these, not dealt with elsewhere in the book that we take a look at here.

Retirement

The social concept of retirement is steeped in legacy thought. The now fading vision of retirement was created during the post WWII economic boom in developed countries. The idea of retiring at age 65, or at age 60 if one was vested in a secure pension plan became a set model. Work until that age, get a gold watch, have a nice retirement party and walk out of the workplace to move to a sunny place and play golf, shuffleboard and bridge. Nice! This reality existed when the average life span was around 70, so 65 gave us all a few years in the sun.

 

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