Looking Ahead

In 1970, futurists Alvin and Heidi Toffler were thrust upon the world stage by the publication of their sensational bestseller, Future Shock—the title describing a condition whose characteristic “shattering stress and disorientation” would inevitably be brought about by “too much change in too short a period of time.”

Marking the 50-year anniversary of the Future Shock’s first publication, After Shock brings together the world’s foremost futurists and thought leaders in a compendium of diverse essays that spark imagination, rally important causes, and inspire solutions to the many challenges we face. After Shock is an exemplary collection of perspectives, conversations, and debates that cross a myriad of important topics about what we are doing to create a better future for the world.

After Shock’s foreword is written by Deb Westphal, who for over 10 years served as CEO and Chairman of the Board for Toffler Associates, a future-focused strategic advisory firm founded by the Tofflers in 1996. Westphal experienced first hand the full immersion into varied, challenging, and inspiring topics that the Tofflers thrived on their whole careers. After Shock is a collection of powerful voices advocating for the Tofflers’ dedication to future consciousness. It represents the empowerment of individuals to proactively create the future, rather than being idly subjected to it. This is what the Tofflers spent a lifetime championing. It is their legacy. And the legacy will continue to live through the incredible work and contributions of the amazing people you will get to know through After Shock.