Biographical Information:

Dates: 1928 -Dates in Ridgefield: 1967 -1974
nonfiction, journalismjournalist, futurist, magazine editor, educator
It's not many people who can invent a phrase that becomes part of the language. Alvin Toffler did. Future Shock, the title of his 1970 book, is now in every dictionary, defined as the inability to cope with the many, fast-paced changes of modern society. He coined such phrases as the “Information Age,” “Space Age,” and “Global Village.” Mr. Toffler has been called the nation's leading futurist, a person who studies where we're going. Future Shock, co-written with his wife, fellow futurist Heidi Toffler, and published when he lived on Deer Hill Drive--discussed what happens “when too much change hits too fast for people to absorb.” Among the subjects on which he has focused are the digital revolution and the increased power of 21st century military hardware. In his 1980 best seller, The Third Wave, he predicted that a worldwide technological revolution, like the agricultural and industrial revolutions before it, would change the way in which the world lives and works. A former associate editor of Fortune magazine, where he was a labor columnist, he co-founded, with business consultant Tom Johnson, Toffler Associates, a management consultant firm. He has been visiting professor at Cornell University and a member of the New School for Social Research, and the recipient of many prizes, including the McKinsey Foundation Book Award for contributions to management literature. Alvin and Heidi Toffler lived in Ridgefield from 1967 to 1974 and now reside in Los Angeles, California.
Titles (partial):Future Shock,1970The Third Wave, 1980Power Shift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century, 1990War and Anti-War: Making Sense of Today’s Global Chaos, 1995Revolutionary Wealth: How It Will Be Created and How It Will Change Our Lives, 2006
--Sources: Notable Ridgefielders–Jack Sanders; ;
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