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Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future by Michael Drew, Roy Williams

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CHAPTER FIVE

Alpha Voices and the Six-Year Transitionary Window

When the Pendulum has reached a twenty-year Zenith and fallen halfway back to the fulcrum, Alpha Voices emerge in technology and literature, giving us an early glimpse of the new values that will become mainstream in just ten years. These Alpha Voices never realize their own significance at the time; only later do they see that they were the prophets of what was to come.

Everyone in society is aware of these Alpha Voices, though they don’t yet know if the Alphas will be a fad or a trend. We discuss them, argue about them, debate their message, and wrestle with their appropriateness. ...

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