Entering the Shift Age: The End of the Information Age and the New Era of Transformation

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"Houle breaks down big ideas into easily digestible, entertaining small bites...Crack this book open whenever globalization's gotten you down."-Slate.com.

"The Shift Age lifts us out of the rapids of techno-change and helps us see the course of the river we've been rafting on."-Howard Bloom, author of the GOD PROBLEM and GLOBAL BRAIN

"[The Shift Age] is must read for anyone who is interested in where humanity is headed in coming generations. This book provides an overview of how our progeny...

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Overview

Praise for David Houle

"Houle breaks down big ideas into easily digestible, entertaining small bites...Crack this book open whenever globalization's gotten you down."-Slate.com.

"The Shift Age lifts us out of the rapids of techno-change and helps us see the course of the river we've been rafting on."-Howard Bloom, author of the GOD PROBLEM and GLOBAL BRAIN

"[The Shift Age] is must read for anyone who is interested in where humanity is headed in coming generations. This book provides an overview of how our progeny will live, work, and play in coming decades."-Bob Citron, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Foundation for the Future

"David Houle's Shift Age offers an astounding proposition: the Information Age is ending with emergence of an age of constant change. Read this book!"-Reese Schonfeld, Cofounder of CNN, CNN Headline News, and Food Network

"America needs a new educational vision. Shift Ed provides a clear vision that emphasizes the essential ingredients of a twenty-first-century education based upon creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Houle makes a great case that nothing less than transformation will be enough."-Daniel H. Pink, author of A WHOLE NEW MIND: WHY RIGHT-BRAINERS WILLL RULE THE FUTURE and DRIVE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US

"The New Health Age offer a succinct primer on how we got here and where we should be taking the health of our nation" -Mehmet Oz, M.D., host of The Dr. Oz Show

The Information Age? Think again.

Change is everywhere: 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—been ushered into a new era, the Shift Age, in which change happens so quickly that it's become the norm.

Man-made developments—such as tools, machines, and technology—defined previous ages, but the Shift Age will be defined by our own power of choice. In Entering the Shift Age, leading futurist David Houle argues that we are going through a major collapse of legacy thinking, eroding many of the thought structures that have defined the last two hundred years of humanity. Houle identifies and explains the new forces that will shape our lives—including remote workplaces, the cloud, "24/7" culture, speed-of-light connectivity, creativity, and the influence of Millenials and Digital Natives—for the next twenty years.

In this eye-opening book, Houle navigates this pivotal point in human history with clarity and anticipation, focusing on the power of human consciousness and the direct influence we can impart on everything from healthcare to media to education. According to Houle, we are more independent than ever before. We are in control.

There's no "going back" to the way things were. Reality is changing ever faster, and ENTERING THE SHIFT AGE is your guide to keeping up.

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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, entertaining small bites." - Slate

"Houle offers a must-read that gives insight into the world in which our children -- and our children's children -- will live, work, and play. ... a modern classic." - SCENE Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402272172
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/18/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 300,805
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Houle is a futurist, strategist and keynote speaker. Houle is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the major search engines. Houle won a Speaker of the Year award from Vistage International, the leading organization of CEOs in the world. He is often called the "CEOs' futurist" having spoken to or advised 2,000+ CEOs and business owners in the past four years.
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From the Introduction

Are you unsettled? Do you feel anxious about the future? Why does everything that used to work no longer work and the way that things used to be now feels long gone? Are things getting better or getting worse? Are your children coming of age at a wonderful time or a horrible time?

Well, the reason you may be feeling uneasy and asking these questions is due to the time we live in and the fact that we are at a major inflection point in human history. We have left the Information Age and have entered a new age, the Shift Age. The Shift Age is and will be one of the most transformative times in all history. Almost everything in your life and every part of your life is in some relative rate of shift.

No wonder you are worried and anxious! Or you may be incredibly excited by the future rushing toward us. Either way, Entering the Shift Age is the book to better help you understand all the incredible change swirling around you. Consider this book your road map to the future.

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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

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