Speaker Profiles

Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin

Author

Third Industrial Revolution

Jeremy Rifkin’s vision of a Third Industrial Revolution - to re-grow the economy and create millions of new jobs - is embraced by world leaders, heads of state and global companies.  Rifkin’s new book The Third Industrial Revolution establishes a new paradigm for transforming society in the 21st Century

The Industrial Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiraling into a dangerous endgame. The price of energy and food is climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing market has tanked, consumer and government debt is soaring, and the recovery is slowing. Facing the prospect of a second collapse of the global economy, humanity is desperate for a sustainable economic game plan to take us into the future.

Jeremy Rifkin’s new book, The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, explores how Internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful “Third Industrial Revolution.” He asks us to imagine hundreds of millions of people producing their own green energy in their homes, offices, and factories, and sharing it with each other in an “energy internet,” just like we now create and share information online.

Rifkin describes how the five-pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create thousands of businesses and millions of jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact the way we conduct commerce, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life.

Rifkin’s vision is already gaining traction in the international community. The European Parliament has issued a formal declaration calling for its implementation, and other nations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, are quickly preparing their own initiatives for transitioning into the new economic paradigm.

The Third Industrial Revolution is an insider’s account of the next great economic era, including a look into the personalities and players — heads of state, global CEOs, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs — who are pioneering its implementation around the world.

Jeremy Rifkin is the best-selling author of eighteen books including The Empathic Civilization, The European Dream, The Age of Access, The Hydrogen Economy¸ The Biotech Century, and The End of Work. His books have been translated into more than 35 languages. Rifkin is an advisor to the European Union and heads of state around the world. He is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania and the President of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC.

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