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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 Seventeen: Technology

The technological future of the Shift Age could easily be an entire book. In fact there could be entire books on many of the individual technological transformations, inventions and iterations briefly discussed in this chapter. But I am a futurist, not a technologist, so this chapter will address, at a high and simple level, the areas and types of technology that will come into being during this age and, equally importantly, how these technologies might alter the lives of many of us if not all of us.

In this chapter, I have grouped these technologies into two segments.

  • The first are the technologies that are now coming into marketplace acceptance and are therefore in early stage influence.
  • The second are those technologies that could be and will be invented and come to market in the next 10–20 years. These two groups are respectively called Emerging Transformative Technologies and Transformative

Chapter Seventeen: Technology

The technological future of the Shift Age could easily be an entire book. In fact there could be entire books on many of the individual technological transformations, inventions and iterations briefly discussed in this chapter. But I am a futurist, not a technologist, so this chapter will address, at a high and simple level, the areas and types of technology that will come into being during this age and, equally importantly, how these technologies might alter the lives of many of us if not all of us.

In this chapter, I have grouped these technologies into two segments.

  • The first are the technologies that are now coming into marketplace acceptance and are therefore in early stage influence.
  • The second are those technologies that could be and will be invented and come to market in the next 10–20 years. These two groups are respectively called Emerging Transformative Technologies and Transformative

Chapter Sixteen: The Ascendency of Women

The Shift Age will be a time of ascendency for women. There will be a greater alteration in the view of gender and in the equalization of women with men than in any prior age. When the Shift Age gives way to the next age—and we will look at when that might be and what might be next, at the end of this book—one of the clear historical realities will be how the entire view of gender will have undergone unprecedented change.

This of course is due in part to the great flow toward equality for women that occurred in the Information Age. In the 10,000 years of the Agricultural Age and 300 years of the Industrial Age, there was a need for physical strength in much of the work place. Working the fields with tools, forging iron or constructing buildings without machines required strength. Then when machines were invented, they required strength to operate. So the economy and its growth were largely reliant upon physical strength, and men’s bodies were generally stronger and more suited to strenuous labor. This meant the development of the dual roles of the man who went out into the world to work and the woman who did the work of the home. Similarly, in war, men were the ones in combat, while women tended to play a sideline role or were kept removed from the action.

 

Chapter Sixteen: The Ascendency of Women

The Shift Age will be a time of ascendency for women. There will be a greater alteration in the view of gender and in the equalization of women with men than in any prior age. When the Shift Age gives way to the next age—and we will look at when that might be and what might be next, at the end of this book—one of the clear historical realities will be how the entire view of gender will have undergone unprecedented change.

This of course is due in part to the great flow toward equality for women that occurred in the Information Age. In the 10,000 years of the Agricultural Age and 300 years of the Industrial Age, there was a need for physical strength in much of the work place. Working the fields with tools, forging iron or constructing buildings without machines required strength. Then when machines were invented, they required strength to operate. So the economy and its growth were largely reliant upon physical strength, and men’s bodies were generally stronger and more suited to strenuous labor. This meant the development of the dual roles of the man who went out into the world to work and the woman who did the work of the home. Similarly, in war, men were the ones in combat, while women tended to play a sideline role or were kept removed from the action.

 

Chapter Fifteen: The Shift Age Generations

The Shift Age is a time of great generational transfer of power, influence, and authority. It is perhaps the greatest generational transfer at the greatest speed in human history.

Looking at history and looking at the world through the lens of generations can, just like any lens or filter, be limiting in its scope. Generalities prevail, values are assigned, and tens of millions of people are grouped together despite the full spectrum of individuality and uniqueness that we represent. That said, viewing the world through the lens of generations is helpful in assessing where we have been and where the changes in the world will trend. And there are two distinct generations that are and will be in ascendency in the Shift Age: the Millennials and the Digital Natives. Understanding these generations is crucial to succeeding in the Shift Age.

 

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