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Uber and the Zero Marginal Cost Revolution

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 11.03.2014 | Technology
Jeremy Rifkin

We are entering a world partially beyond markets where we are learning how to live together in an increasingly interdependent global Collaborative Commons. Germany and other governments around the world will need to create the appropriate legal framework to allow the sharing economy to grow.

Why Can't Big Data Take a Bow, and Then Contribute to the Collaborative Commons?

John Thompson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact
John Thompson

Whenever I read about, or witness, the opportunities created by Big Data, I grow perplexed. Why won't its corporate advocates share its potential with public schools? Why do reformers not respond to opportunities created by technology by seeking schools that nurture creativity, problem-solving and cooperation?

Beyond Obama's Plan: A New Economic Vision for Addressing Climate Change

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 08.02.2014 | Green
Jeremy Rifkin

A powerful new technology revolution is evolving that will allow enterprises and prosumers to make and share their own green electricity, and an increasing array of sustainable physical products and services, at near zero marginal cost.

Beyond Jeremy Rifkin: How Will the Phase Transition to a Commons Economy Actually Occur?

Michel Bauwens | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Michel Bauwens

In the future, the economy and society will re-orient itself around collaborative commons, with a more peripheric role for the market dynamics.

An Affluence of Commons

Roger A. Lohmann | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Roger A. Lohmann

Jeremy Rifkin offers what might be termed a third vision of the future -- a serious extrapolations to a possible future built around several widely observed trends that have not previously been connected by those who are tracking them.

Beyond Network Feudalism

John Hanacek | Posted 06.18.2014 | Technology
John Hanacek

The Internet that appears distributed is fundamentally centralized. Right now there are key players that sit atop the largest networks reaping all the financial rewards.

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: Unlocking Wealth & Cities Too, But Beware the Regulatory Wrinkles

April Rinne | Posted 04.16.2014 | Business
April Rinne

Cities that understand the forces behind the collaborative economy and can boldly embrace new models of value creation (at little of no cost) will be global role models in the years to come.

The Commons as a Rising Alternative to State and Market

David Bollier | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
David Bollier

The commons is not just an Internet phenomenon or a matter of economics. The commons lies at the heart of a major cultural and social shift now underway.

Who Will Pay for the Zero Marginal Cost Society?

Brett Frischmann | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Brett Frischmann

I strongly support the notion of building systems and developing public policies that enable and take advantage of zero marginal costs, for example in the context of various infrastructure and knowledge commons. But what about the fixed costs?

The Battle for Marginal-Cost Connectivity

Kevin Werbach | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Kevin Werbach

The potential benefits of a world of cheap digital connectivity are titanic, both in economic and social terms. It's far from certain, however, that we'll get there along the current market and policy trajectory.

The Internet of Things: Monopoly Capitalism vs. Collaborative Commons

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Jeremy Rifkin

The struggle between investor capitalists and prosumer collaboratists over control of the Internet of Things, while still embryonic, is shaping up to be the critical economic battle of the first half of the twenty-first century.

Replacing Our Creaking Capitalist Economy

Jon Van Til | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Jon Van Til

In his new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Jeremy Rifkin illustrates how massively computer-based activity will come to displace paid employment as a fundamental driver of our increasingly social economy.

Moving to Zero

Banning Garrett | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Banning Garrett

How much of human productive activity can be moved to "near zero marginal cost"? Jeremy Rifkin's provocative new book poses the question to our future. The case for "near zero marginal cost" in the digital world is pretty clear, as Rifkin so ably explains.

The End of the Capitalist Era, and What Comes Next

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Jeremy Rifkin

The capitalist era is passing... not quickly, but inevitably. A new economic paradigm -- the Collaborative Commons -- is rising in its wake that will transform our way of life.