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Future Shock at 50--request for contributions

Future Shock at 50--request for contributions


Dear all,


John Schroeter--publisher at Technica Curiosa--is organising a book marking the 50th anniversary of Future Shock (see the full explanation below).


He already has some distinguished contributors (including Alan Kay and the astronomer Martin Rees as well as our own Andy Hines, Richard Slaughter, and Clem Bezold) but would like to extend the range of diversity and voices. He's looking for contributions of 750 words to 2,000 words, with a delivery of manuscript in late April.


The brief is to reflect on an aspect of Alvin Toffler's book and then pivot towards your own personal perspective on the future, though the lens of your take on the book.


Jay has asked me to co-ordinate a response; I'm going to suggest that if you're interested in getting involved, you can share with me a 75-90 word summary of what you're thinking of saying, and I'll package those up and share them with John. He can then decide what is saying something different from the contributions he already has. The deadline for those 75-90 word synopses is Saturday 16th February.


Looking at the line-up so far, it might be characterised as being mostly men of a certain age and colour, perhaps in keeping with the period when the book was published. If you work with younger or more diverse groups of futurists, or people who might have a distinctive perspective on Toffler's book, please share this with them. 




Andrew Curry


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Invitation for "Future Shock at 50" Project


Hello and thank you for allowing me this opportunity to introduce myself. This is John Schroeter writing to invite your participation in our upcoming book marking the 50-year anniversary of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. The title/subtitle of the new work is “After Shock: The world’s foremost futurists reflect on 50 years of Future Shock—and look forward to the next 50.”


We would be honored and delighted if your network of professional futurists would like to contribute short essays to the book. Briefly, this would involve reflections on the classic text (any aspect they might choose), and then segue to the authors’ particular views of the future—through the lenses of their work and ideas. The essays will be on the order of 750 to 2,000 words, depending on what is needed to adequately address the subject matter.


At the end of essays, we will include their bio and significant links. 

We look forward to the possibility of working with you on what I know will be an exciting and rewarding project.


Thank you, and best regards,


John Schroeter, Publisher


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