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Entering the Shift Age

ISBN: 9781402272172

By: David Houle

Published: 01/18/2013

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We are leaving the Information Age and transitioning into the Shift Age, a time of transformation and change that offers both great risk and incredible opportunity. In Entering the Shift Age, David Houle identifies and explains the dynamics and forces that have shaped our world and will continue to reshape our world for the next 20 years. He shows how the Shift Age means a world fully global yet focused on the individual, where the speed of change is so fast that change itself is the new norm. He also comments from the front lines of the Shift Age on issues and topics that affect our lives, from business and technology to environment, media and global culture.

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Table of Contents

PART 1: WELCOME TO THE SHIFT AGE

Introduction

WELCOME TO THE SHIFT AGE

A Very Brief History of Humanity
Leading to the Shift Age
The Four Ages of Humanity

THE THRESHOLD DECADES

Major Transformations in the Threshold Decades
Summary of the Threshold Decades

PART 2: THE THREE FORCES OF THE SHIFT AGE

Introduction

THE FLOW TO GLOBAL

Population
Economics First
Culture and Politics
The Global Stage of Human Evolution

THE FLOW TO THE INDIVIDUAL

Free Agents
Choice and Control
The End of Alienation
The Micro-Micro
The Global Individual

ACCELERATING ELECTRONIC CONNECTEDNESS

Accelerating
The Transformation of Communication
The Internet
The Two Realities
The Evisceration of Ignorance

PART 3: THE TRANSFORMATION DECADE 2010-2020

Introduction

THE FIRST DECADE OF TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY THOUGHT

THE COLLAPSE OF LEGACY THINKING

Areas of Legacy Thinking Collapse
Ideas and Concepts That Will Take on New Meaning and Acceptance in This Decade

GENERAL TRENDS AND FORECASTS

The Concept of Place Continues to Be Eviscerated
A Major Generational Shift Takes Root
Biology and Technology Merge Ever More
Spaceship Earth Becomes a More
Widely Held Mindset
Creativity Is a Dominant Value
Globalism Ascends, Nationalism Declines
Governments Shake Loose Many of Their Industrial-Age Structures
Energy Moves into Its Systemic Stage
A Shift in Every Field

PART 4: THE FUTURE OF THE SHIFT AGE

Introduction

THE EARTH CENTURY

A Quick Look Back
Helping to Shape the Thinking
The Current Reality
The Anthropocene Era

RETROFITTING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

A Time-Lapse Photographic Sequence of Change
The Need to Let Go of the Twentieth Century
Retrofit the Twentieth Century

THE CONCEPT OF PLACE HAS CHANGED FOREVER

The History of Place
The Concept of Place Is Being Eviscerated
Screen Reality Changes Place to Space
Utopia?

BIOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY MERGE

Biology and Technology Merge

AN EVOLUTIONARY SHIFT IN CONSCIOUSNESS

The Three Forces of the Shift Age
Generations
Technology

THE SHIFT AGE GENERATIONS

The Millennial Generation
Digital Natives

THE ASCENDENCY OF WOMEN

Current Realities
Generations
Screen Reality
Structures and Hierarchies to Nets and Nodes
Summary

TECHNOLOGY

Emerging Transformative Technologies
Transformative Technologies of the Future

ENERGY

Twentieth-Century Energy
A Systemic Global View
Retrofitting the Use of Energy
Twenty-First-Century Energy Breakthroughs

MEDICINE AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Medical Miracles around the Corner
Dynamic Flows
Health Management

EDUCATION

Pre-School
K-12
Higher Education
Major Shifts in Education

THE ARTS

A Look Back
A Look Ahead
Accelerating Electronic Connectedness and Art
New Business Models

BRANDS AND MARKETING

Brands through the Ages
Marketing
Memes and Conscious Consumerism

IP IS THE WEALTH OF THE SHIFT AGE

IP in the Information Age
IP in the Shift Age
The Future of IP

THE ERA OF BIG DATA

The History and Future of Information and Data
A New Level of Mapping
Business and the Era of Big Data

SOCIETY AND ECONOMICS

Retirement
Consumerism
Investing and Economics
Politics
Marriage
Birthrates
Cities and Urbanization

POWER

Human Power
Influence Power
Intellectual Property and Influence Power
Accelerating the Speed and Power of an Idea Whose Time Has Come
The Direction Is Clear

NATION-STATES?

The Global Stage of Human Evolution
The Nation-State
Forces and Contexts Initiating the Global Stage of Human Evolution
A Transition Time

THE GLOBAL AGE OF MIGRATION

Unprecedented Migration
The Forces at Play
Global Mobility

EPILOGUE: WELCOME TO THE 2030s!
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX

Excerpt

From the Introduction

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“Literary lovechild of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and Tim Wu’s The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires … Houle breaks down big ideas into easily digestible, e...

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Specs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 17.28 oz
Page Count: 304 pages

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