Alvin Toffler

Alvin Toffler

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 27 Jun 2016 (aged 87)
Bel Air, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Family Garden
Memorial ID 166209827 · View Source
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Author. Born Alvin Eugene Toffler, his visions of accelerating social change guided many in politics and business through his best-selling books “Future Shock” and “The Third Wave". He graduated from New York University where he met his wife and longtime collaborator Heidi. After college, he went to work for five years in the Midwest as a welder to study assembly lines and mass production. He later covered labor issues as a newspaper journalist, then moved into business management. He began to work on on his first book “Future Shock” in the 1960s, focusing on what he called “techno-social” changes looming on the horizon. The bestseller, which described "the disorientation created by a fast-changing world and the globalization to come", was a popular book on management bookshelves of the 1970s. He, with wife Heidi, became a noted predictor of future trends. Two other books, “The Third Wave” and “Powershift” formed a trilogy with “Future Shock.” The couple also wrote several other works, lectured, and advised business and political leaders. He urged the embrace of ethnic diversity and of globalizing trends. He, along with his wife, became synonymous with futurism, warning the world that, as the Los Angeles Times’ John Balzar put it in 1993, “we’re about to be late for tomorrow.” He and his wife cautioned against getting stuck in an obsolete industrial past and predicted a wave of changes in family formation and business organization. One of his their famous quotes was “Politics … like economics and information, is going transnational,” In 1996 he, along with his wife Heidi and consultant Tom Johnson, formed the consulting firm Toffler Associates. He earned numerous prizes and awards throughout his career.

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