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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 Thirteen: Biology and Technology Merge

In the Shift Age, biology and technology will merge to an unprecedented degree. Up until the 21st century, humans generally thought of these two areas as being separate. Biology concerned living things or matter. Technology related to manmade things and their uses. That was the clear way of thinking about these terms up until the later part of the 20th century when people began to think and begin to see the early possibilities of combining the two. Biology was of the earth and technology was of humankind. Biology was about living things and technology was about inanimate things created by Man.

In the next decade, this new integration of biology and technology will make us think anew about our long-held definitions of them. Centuries-old concepts of what life is and the creation of life will be challenged.
We stand at the threshold of the redefinition of technology, biology, and ultimately life itself. Here are the current dictionary definitions of biology and technology.

Chapter Thirteen: Biology and Technology Merge

In the Shift Age, biology and technology will merge to an unprecedented degree. Up until the 21st century, humans generally thought of these two areas as being separate. Biology concerned living things or matter. Technology related to manmade things and their uses. That was the clear way of thinking about these terms up until the later part of the 20th century when people began to think and begin to see the early possibilities of combining the two. Biology was of the earth and technology was of humankind. Biology was about living things and technology was about inanimate things created by Man.

In the next decade, this new integration of biology and technology will make us think anew about our long-held definitions of them. Centuries-old concepts of what life is and the creation of life will be challenged.
We stand at the threshold of the redefinition of technology, biology, and ultimately life itself. Here are the current dictionary definitions of biology and technology.

Chapter Twelve: The Concept of Place Has Changed Forever

The next significant context shaping the Shift Age is the evisceration of the concept of place.

The History of Place

Throughout history, humanity has been deeply connected to the concept of place. We are physical beings, after all, and place is a physical concept, so this makes sense. Place, perhaps more than almost any other idea, has shaped human thinking, behavior, and consciousness.

The concept of place really began to take root when the Agricultural Age began some 10,000 years ago. We stopped moving for food and decided to stay in one place and grow it. This not only initiated a new age, it created the idea that people are of a place and live in that place.

This, of course, ultimately led to the creation of civilization. Every great civilization that quickly comes to mind was developed since the beginning of the Agricultural Age. Civilization was the creation of societies that were place based. Societies in the desert were different than those in the mountains. Those near the Equator were different than those in the northern latitudes.

 

Chapter Twelve: The Concept of Place Has Changed Forever

The next significant context shaping the Shift Age is the evisceration of the concept of place.

The History of Place

Throughout history, humanity has been deeply connected to the concept of place. We are physical beings, after all, and place is a physical concept, so this makes sense. Place, perhaps more than almost any other idea, has shaped human thinking, behavior, and consciousness.

The concept of place really began to take root when the Agricultural Age began some 10,000 years ago. We stopped moving for food and decided to stay in one place and grow it. This not only initiated a new age, it created the idea that people are of a place and live in that place.

This, of course, ultimately led to the creation of civilization. Every great civilization that quickly comes to mind was developed since the beginning of the Agricultural Age. Civilization was the creation of societies that were place based. Societies in the desert were different than those in the mountains. Those near the Equator were different than those in the northern latitudes.

 

Chapter Eleven: Retrofitting the 20th Century

Another large context by which the Shift Age will be framed relates to how we view, and live with, the effects of the 20th Century.

A Time Lapse Photographic Sequence of Change

It could easily be argued that more change and alteration occurred in the 20th Century than occurred in the prior 150,000 years that modern humanity has lived. The 20th Century, more than any other 100-year period in history, altered the landscape of the planet.

Imagine a theoretical time-lapse photographic sequence where at the beginning of each century since 1000 there was a panoramic photograph taken of the region where you live. Now flip through those images in order. There may or may not have been noticeable change through the first nine photographs through 1800, depending on where you live. But no matter the place, by the tenth photograph, in 1900, there was probably some noticeable change from the prior one.

 

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