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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.


by David Houle

My first book, The Shift Age, was published in 2007. It was simply a short, general statement of the Shift Age, along with a collection of my columns. But then my speaking career suddenly took off. People began to approach me for advice and opinions on how to manage their uncertainty and anxiety about the impending change in our lives, and asking endless questions:

  • What will the economic climate be?
  • How do I be a better parent to my children, who are Millennials and Digital Natives I don’t understand?
  • What is the future of education?
  • How about the future of energy or climate change?  
  • How will Washington and other national governments change, as they seem only to be holding us back?
  • Will future technological developments impact my company and career and if so, how? What is the future of medicine and my health care?
  • What about my children’s health?

It quickly became clear that there was a deep need for a fuller, richer book about the Shift Age and the impact it will bring to our lives on both a micro and macro level. Entering the Shift Age is the best book I have written.

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About Entering the Shift Age

Entering the Shift Age by David Houle

Change is everywhere: in how we communicate, what we do for a living, the values we hold, the way we raise our children, even the way we access information. Thanks to a global economy, the force of the Internet, and the explosion of mobile technology, we have—almost imperceptibly—entered into a new era, the Shift Age, in which change happens so quickly that it’s become the norm. We’re undergoing a major collapse of legacy thinking that is eroding many of the thought structures that defined the last 200 years. What are some of the new forces that will shape our lives in the next 20 years?

  • Remote workplaces
  • The cloud
  • 24/7 culture
  • Speed-of-light connectivity
  • The influence of Millennials and Digital Natives
  • And more!


There is no going back to the way things were before. Reality is changing fast, and Entering the Shift Age is your guide to keeping up.

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