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Author of 19 books which are available in more than 35 languages, leading futurist thinker Jeremy Rifkin's works are required reading in a multitude of universities and business and government institutions across the globe. His New York Times bestseller The Third Industrial Revolution won world renown for its vision of a sustainable post-carbon economic future.

For the last decade Jeremy Rifkin has been an adviser to the European Union. His views on the economy, climate change and energy security have been sought by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and several other European prime ministers. He continues to advise the European Commission, Parliament and a number of global heads of state.

In 2007 the European Parliament adopted The Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan that was principally designed by Jeremy Rifkin. It is currently being implemented across the European Union to mitigate the global economic crisis and climate change and also to enhance European energy security.

A senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Jeremy Rifkin offers his expertise to CEOs and senior managers on adapting their businesses to sustainable Third Industrial Revolution principles. His views can also be accessed through his monthly column, syndicated in some of the most prestigious global media outlets, including The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, among many others.

Holder of a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as well as a degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Jeremy Rifkin is president of the TIR Consulting Group LLC, which is includes many of the world's leading companies interested in sustainable Third Industrial Revolution development. He is also the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends, which monitors the effects of new technologies.

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Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of nineteen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty five languages and are used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world.

In 2011, Jeremy Rifkin published the New York TimesM bestseller The Third Industrial Revolution, which captured the attention of the world. Mr. Rifkin’s vision of a sustainable, post carbon economic era has been endorsed by the European Union and the United Nations and embraced by world leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President François Hollande of France, and Premier Li Keqiang of China. Mr. Rifkin’s other recent titles include, The Empathic Civilization, The Age of Access, The End of Work, The European Dream, The Biotech Century and The Hydrogen Economy.

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the European Union for the past decade. Mr. Rifkin also served as an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, and Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU and Asian heads of state.

Mr. Rifkin is the principle architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. The Third Industrial Revolution was formally endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 and is now being implemented by various agencies within the European Commission as well as in the 27 member-states.

Jeremy Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group LLC, comprised of many of the leading renewable energy companies, electricity transmission companies, construction companies, architectural firms, IT and electronics companies, and transport and logistics companies. His global economic development team is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Collaborative Commons and a Third Industrial Revolution.

Mr. Rifkin is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies. From 1995-2010, Mr. Rifkin taught in the Advanced Management Program at Wharton.

Mr. Rifkin’s monthly column on global issues has appeared over the years in many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times in the United States, The Guardian in the U.K., Die Süddeutsche Zeitung and Handelsblatt in Germany, Le Soir and Knack in Belgium, L’Espresso in Italy, El Mundo and El País in Spain, Kathimerini in Greece, Informatíon in Denmark, De Volkskrant in the Netherlands, Hospodárské Noviny in the Czech Republic, Wort in Luxembourg, Clarín in Argentina, and Al-Ittihad in the U.A.E.

Mr. Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Rifkin speaks frequently before government, business, labor and civic forums. He has lectured at hundreds of the world’s leading corporations as well as more than 300 universities in some thirty countries in the past four decades.

Mr. Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends (www.foet.org) in Bethesda, MD. The Foundation examines the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of new technologies introduced into the global economy.


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Jeremy Rifkin Full Speech


“Every time we try to regrow the economy now at the same rate as before July 2008, we're going to hit this same conundrum; we replenish inventories, the price of oil goes up, the price of anything else goes up, shut down. This is what's happening right now, today,” Jeremy Rifkin explains to his audience, making a plea for a revolutionary approach to the challenges facing the planet. He warns that without real change, “These things are going to go in four-year cycles, restart the engine, collapse, restart the engine, collapse.”

Jeremy Rifkin Full Speech


Jeremy Rifkin - Conférence de Jeremy Rifkin (Version française)


Jeremy Rifkin - The Empathic Civilisation


Jeremy Rifkin- This Is Lateral Power



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Jeremy Rifkin lectures on a wide range of subjects concerning the mega-trends of globalization, particularly his vision of the Third Industrial Revolution; based on his program that has now been adopted across the European Union, he outlines his vision of a green energy area based around a hydrogen economy.

Taking a holistic view of energy developments and the ways in which the global environmental crisis can be combated, Jeremy Rifkin looks into every aspect of technology, the workplace, globalization and education to explain what sort of world we will inhabit in the future.

Mega Trends in Globalization Lecture Topics:

  • The Third Industrial Revolution: Leading the way to a green energy era and a hydrogen economy
  • The Global Environmental Crisis: The path to sustainable development
  • The European Dream: How Europe′s vision of the future is changing the global economy
  • The Age of Access: Understanding the historic shift in economic models, from traditional capitalist markets to emerging global commercial networks
  • The Future of Work: Rethinking the nature of employment in an increasingly automated, borderless and highly mobile global economy
  • The Hi-tech Revolutions of the 21st Century: Harnessing the scientific and technological fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced IT, and cognitive science in ways that advance the process of globalization
  • Rethinking the Global Health Paradigm: Making the shift from managing disease to promoting wellness
  • Living in a Three Sector World: Building new partnerships between the global business community, civil society, and governments to create a sustainable approach to globalization
  • Deep Globalization: Deepening and expanding the global economy by bringing the remaining 60% of the human race into the 21st century marketplace
  • Educating Youth for a Global Era: Introducing service learning and experiential education into schools and colleges to prepare youth for working and living in a diverse, multicultural world
  • Immigration in a Globally Connected World: Addressing the challenges of migration in an era of cultural diasporas
  • Beyond the Nation State: Examining the future prospects of transnational political spaces in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa




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The The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World
The Industrial Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiraling into a dangerous endgame. The price of gas and food are 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.

Here, Jeremy Rifkin 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, 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 Union 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.
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The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis
"One of the leading big-picture thinkers of our day" (Utne Reader) delivers his boldest work in this erudite, tough-minded, and far-reaching manifesto.

Never has the world seemed so completely united-in the form of communication, commerce, and culture-and so savagely torn apart-in the form of war, financial meltdown, global warming, and even the migration of diseases.

No matter how much we put our minds to the task of meeting the challenges of a rapidly globalizing world, the human race seems to continually come up short, unable to muster the collective mental resources to truly "think globally and act locally." In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling social critic Jeremy Rifkin shows that this disconnect between our vision for the world and our ability to realize that vision lies in the current state of human consciousness. The very way our brains are structured disposes us to a way of feeling, thinking, and acting in the world that is no longer entirely relevant to the new environments we have created for ourselves.

The human-made environment is rapidly morphing into a global space, yet our existing modes of consciousness are structured for earlier eras of history, which are just as quickly fading away. Humanity, Rifkin argues, finds itself on the cusp of its greatest experiment to date: refashioning human consciousness so that human beings can mutually live and flourish in the new globalizing society.

In essence, this shift in consciousness is based upon reaching out to others. But to resist this change in human relations and modes of thinking, Rifkin contends, would spell ineptness and disaster in facing the new challenges around us. As the forces of globalization accelerate, deepen, and become ever more complex, the older faith-based and rational forms of consciousness are likely to become stressed, and even dangerous, as they attempt to navigate a world increasingly beyond their reach and control. Indeed, the emergence of this empathetic consciousness has implications for the future that will likely be as profound and far-reaching as when Enlightenment philosophers upended faith-based consciousness with the canon of reason.
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The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth
The road to global security," writes Jeremy Rifkin, "lies in lessening our dependence on Middle East oil and making sure that all people on Earth have access to the energy they need to sustain life. Weaning the world off oil and turning it toward hydrogen is a promissory note for a safer world."

Rifkin′s international bestseller The Hydrogen Economy presents the clearest, most comprehensive case for moving ourselves away from the destructive and waning years of the oil era toward a new kind of energy regime. Hydrogen-one of the most abundant substances in the universe-holds the key, Rifkin argues, to a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable world.
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Mega Trends in Globalization Lecture Topics:

  • The Third Industrial Revolution: Leading the way to a green energy era and a hydrogen economy
  • The Global Environmental Crisis: The path to sustainable development
  • The European Dream: How Europe′s vision of the future is changing the global economy
  • The Age of Access: Understanding the historic shift in economic models, from traditional capitalist markets to emerging global commercial networks
  • The Future of Work: Rethinking the nature of employment in an increasingly automated, borderless and highly mobile global economy
  • The Hi-tech Revolutions of the 21st Century: Harnessing the scientific and technological fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced IT, and cognitive science in ways that advance the process of globalization
  • Rethinking the Global Health Paradigm: Making the shift from managing disease to promoting wellness
  • Living in a Three Sector World: Building new partnerships between the global business community, civil society, and governments to create a sustainable approach to globalization
  • Deep Globalization: Deepening and expanding the global economy by bringing the remaining 60% of the human race into the 21st century marketplace
  • Educating Youth for a Global Era: Introducing service learning and experiential education into schools and colleges to prepare youth for working and living in a diverse, multicultural world
  • Immigration in a Globally Connected World: Addressing the challenges of migration in an era of cultural diasporas
  • Beyond the Nation State: Examining the future prospects of transnational political spaces in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa

Jeremy Rifkin Full Speech


“Every time we try to regrow the economy now at the same rate as before July 2008, we're going to hit this same conundrum; we replenish inventories, the price of oil goes up, the price of anything else goes up, shut down. This is what's happening right now, today,” Jeremy Rifkin explains to his audience, making a plea for a revolutionary approach to the challenges facing the planet. He warns that without real change, “These things are going to go in four-year cycles, restart the engine, collapse, restart the engine, collapse.”

Jeremy Rifkin Full Speech


Jeremy Rifkin - Conférence de Jeremy Rifkin (Version française)


Jeremy Rifkin - The Empathic Civilisation


Jeremy Rifkin- This Is Lateral Power