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Jeremy Rifkin is the author of 'The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism,' 'The Third Industrial Revolution' and 'The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis'. Mr. Rifkin has been an advisor to the European Union since 2002. In that capacity, he is the principle architect of the 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. Mr. Rifkin is also the founder and chairperson of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable, comprised of 100 of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, construction companies, architectural firms, real estate companies, IT companies, power and utility companies, and transport and logistics companies. Mr. Rifkin’s global economic development team is the largest of its kind in the world and is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop master plans to transition their economies into post- carbon Third Industrial Revolution infrastructures. Mr. Rifkin is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania—the world’s #1 ranked business school—where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies.

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The Internet of Things: Monopoly Capitalism vs. Collaborative Commons

(15) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 8:49 AM

This post is excerpted from Jeremy Rifkin's new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, published today by Palgrave Macmillan.

If I had told you 25 years ago that, in a quarter century's time, one-third of the...

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The End of the Capitalist Era, and What Comes Next

(294) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 9:05 AM

This post is excerpted from Jeremy Rifkin's new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, published today by Palgrave Macmillan.

The capitalist era is passing... not quickly, but inevitably. A new economic paradigm -- the Collaborative Commons...

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Deepening the Conversation on The Third Industrial Revolution

(184) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 3:55 PM

The Economist has devoted its April 21st issue to The Third Industrial Revolution. The magazine's editors and reporters present a stirring account of the merging interface between IT and manufacturing that is allowing anyone to become his or her own mini-manufacturer. It is now possible to design software...

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The Third Industrial Revolution: How the Internet, Green Electricity, and 3-D Printing Are Ushering in a Sustainable Era of Distributed Capitalism

(131) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 5:26 PM

The great economic revolutions in history occur when new communication technologies converge with new energy systems. New energy revolutions make possible more expansive and integrated trade. Accompanying communication revolutions manage the new complex commercial activities made possible by the new energy flows.

Today, Internet technology and renewable energies are...

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How the 99% Are Using Lateral Power to Create a Global Revolution

(277) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 7:47 AM

It's happened before, in 1848 and in 1968. The youth of the world took to the streets to protest the injustices of autocratic political regimes and rapacious business interests and to demand the most basic human right to participate as equal citizens in the affairs of society.

On October 15th,...

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Beyond the Financial Crisis: Germany's Plan to Regrow the Global Economy

(147) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 1:35 PM

At the moment, Germany is embroiled in a fierce debate over how to save the Eurozone and, with it, the future of the European Union. Although stringent austerity programs will have to be enacted in the member countries to reduce government debt, and new regulatory mechanisms put in place to...

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The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Will Transform Society (Excerpt)

(162) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 9:14 AM

Excerpted from Jeremy Rifkin's The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, Palgrave Macmillan 2011.


Energy regimes shape the nature of civilizations... how they are organized, how the fruits of commerce and trade are distributed, how political power is...

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The Third Industrial Revolution: Toward A New Economic Paradigm (EXCERPT)

(259) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 6:03 PM

Excerpted from Jeremy Rifkin's The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, Palgrave Macmillan 2011.


Our industrial civilization is at a crossroads. Oil and the other fossil fuel energies that make up the industrial way of life are sunsetting,...

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Will We Heed President Obama's Call for a More Empathic Society?

(440) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 10:27 AM

In a memorial service held in Tucson, Arizona for victims of the recent tragedy, President Obama called on Americans to "sharpen our instincts for empathy" so that we can become a more civil people.

The President's call for a more empathic culture and civil society raises the troubling question of...

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Third World America: Is Anyone Listening?

(167) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 1:59 PM

I grew up on the South side of Chicago in the 1940s and 50s. My father and mother raised four children in a house that was less than a 1000 square feet. The stairwell to the second floor was so low that we had to stoop over on the walkup....

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You Were Right the First Time, Mr. President: The Supreme Court Needs Empathy

(147) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 10:39 AM

President Obama has nominated Elena Kagen to be the 112th Justice of the Supreme Court. Strangely, in introducing his new nominee the President made no mention of the 'E' word. Apparently the word been banned at the White House. The mere utterance of the word empathy sends shivers down the...

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'Empathic Civilization': When Both Faith And Reason Fail, Stepping Up To The Age of Empathy

(135) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 6:39 AM

While our radio talk shows and 24-hour cable TV news programs incessantly play off the political rift between conservative and liberal ideologies, the deeper conflict in America has always been the cultural divide between faith versus reason.

At the dawn of the modern market economy and nation-state era, the philosophers...

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'Empathic Civilization': Is It Time To Replace The American Dream?

(374) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 6:30 AM

For two hundred years the American Dream has served as the bedrock foundation of the American way of life. The dream, reduced to its essence, is that in America, every person has the right and opportunity to pursue his or her own individual material self interest in the marketplace, and...

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'Empathic Civilization': Where The Jobs Are

(23) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 6:30 AM

The fossil fuel energies that propelled the great Industrial Revolutions of the past two centuries are now sunsetting and the infrastructure within which they are embedded is on life support. All across the world people are without work and becoming increasingly desperate. An anxious human race is asking the question,...

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'Empathic Civilization': Why Have We Become So Uncivil?

(614) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 6:30 AM

In the past two weeks, President Obama has made an unprecedented plea for civility in public discourse. Washington insiders say they can't ever recall a period in American public life as full of anger and polarization as now. TV and radio talk show hosts, in particular, have fanned the flames...

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Economic Recovery Will Fail Without Our Trust

(61) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 6:30 AM

The anemic global economic recovery is beginning to stall. Unemployment is shooting up again. The housing market is threatened by a new wave of foreclosures. Tens of millions of Americans are teetering on the edge of survival. Public surveys show that people on Main Street are fast loosing trust in...

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The Earthquake That Triggered A Global Empathic Response: What The Haitian Crisis Tells Us About Human Nature

(228) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 12:39 PM

Frantic tweets and videos have been seeping out of Haiti, pleading for help from the rest of the human race in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that leveled one of the poorest countries on the planet, spreading destruction and death.

The response by people all over the world...

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'The Empathic Civilization': Rethinking Human Nature in the Biosphere Era

(121) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 6:30 AM

Two spectacular failures, separated by only 18 months, marked the end of the modern era. In July 2008, the price of oil on world markets peaked at $147/ barrel, inflation soared, the price of everything from food to gasoline skyrocketed, and the global economic engine shut off. Growing demand in...

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