Accenture, the management consultancy, has dubbed him the third most influential voice among business leaders, after Bill Gates and Peter Drucker. He has also been described in the Financial Times as the“world's most famous futurologist”. People's Daily classes him among the 50 foreigners that shaped modern China.
艾文．託佛勒(Alvin Toffler)是當今最具影響力的社會思想家，其妻海蒂．託佛勒與艾文結識於大學時代，也是一位著名的未來學者。兩人於1970年出版《未來的衝擊》（Future Shock），1980年出版《第三波》（The Third Wave），1990年出版《大未來》（Powershift）等「未來三部曲」，成爲未來學巨擘，享譽全球，對當今社會思潮有廣泛且深遠的影響。2006年，他們再度推出新作《Wealth 3.0：託佛勒 財富革命》（Revolutionary Wealth），倡議「非貨幣財富」的觀念，扭轉了時下人們對於財富的思維。
As the Mexican author Gabriel Zaid has written,“Wealth is above all an accumulation of possibilities.” Certain forms of wealth are more or less universally regarded as“good”. Health. A strong and loving family. Respect from those we respect. Few would deny that these are wealth, even if they don't easily fit into the calculations of economists.
In everyday usage, however, the term (wealth) usually refers, all too narrowly, to financial assets, and often carries a connotation of excess.
For some, wealth may mean having a bit more than their subjectively perceived need, whatever that is. For others no amount suffices. Among the poor, matters are less subjective. For the mother whose child is starving, a daily handful of rice may be wealth beyond measure. Whatever else it means, therefore, wealth, at least as used here, doesn't just mean a second Ferrari.
Nor is wealth synonymous with money, as popular misconception might have it. ….In fact, wealth can sometimes buy things money cannot. …In any case, wealth is the child of desire, which is yet another reason some people detest the very thought of it.
Knowledge relationships are being transformed with respect to availability. As Toffler states, never before have we been able to instantly access virtually unlimited amounts of any kind of information for virtually zero cost.
託佛勒早在1980年就將「生產者(producer)」和「消費者(consumer)」兩個字合成爲“prosumer”這個新字。The Tofflers explain that we are becoming a nation of “prosumers,” consuming what we ourselves produce, and argue that we have all taken on“third jobs”--work we unwittingly do without pay for some of the biggest corporations in the country. The unpaid work all of us do, even without knowing it, makes us “prosumers”.