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How the Third Industrial Revolution Can Transform France

Daniel Percheron | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Daniel Percheron

LILLE, France -- The Internet of Things and the path to the zero marginal cost society is already coming into being. Much remains to be implemented, but we can say for certain that a movement has been launched.

Weekend Roundup: Paris Attacks Upend Concepts of War, Security and Alliances

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The attacks claimed by the self-described Islamic State in Paris have done more than spread fear across the West. They have upended our concepts of war, security and alliances in a connected yet disintegrating world -- a world in which no superpower or group of states can impose order. As the "End of Power" author Moisés Naím notes, ISIS has breached that perimeter that above all defines strong states: a monopoly over violence. It has shifted the battlefield to the soft targets of cafes and concert halls. As Lucia Annunziata writes from Italy, "The Third World War, whether you want to believe it or not, is already underway ... and Europe is its theater." The savvy of ISIS operatives has also called into question whether we can maintain both open borders and encrypted cyberspace. They have shown that distributed networks of angry youth at the margins of European society, who bond on the Internet instead of at the mosque, are beyond the reach of the drone strikes aimed at decapitating their leadership in the Mideast. As the Aspen Institute's Charlie Firestone writes in his analysis of the "guerilla cyber-warfare" declared by the Anonymous hackers against ISIS: "The Westphalian concept of sovereign nations dealing with each other as states has limited application to a world where networks are the dominant form of organization." (continued)

Do Unto Future Generations as You Wish Past Ones Had Done Unto You

Jostein Gaarder | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Jostein Gaarder

We need to add a new dimension to the Golden Rule: you shall do unto the next generation what you wished the previous generation had done to you. We have no right to hand over a planet that is in a more miserable condition than the planet we ourselves have had the good fortune to live on.

Weekend Roundup: Victory in Myanmar for Democracy -- On a Leash

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

Pent-up democratic aspirations were unleashed this week in Myanmar's first free election in decades, resulting in a landslide victory for Aung San Suu Kyi and her opposition party. But as Mark Famaner and Hanna Hindstrom point out, it is "democracy on a leash" as the long-standing military rulers retain a constraining foothold through the current constitutional arrangement. It remains to be seen if Suu Kyi's elected government will be "above" those constraints, as she has boldly asserted. Writing from Yangon, Ma Thida lays out the many issues in the political transition ahead. Harrison Akins reminds us that the "shadow" over Myanmar's democratic turn is the continuing persecution and discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya minority. If it stabilizes, Myanmar could have a bright future. It sits between the two fastest growing economies in the world, India and China, the second of which is revitalizing the ancient Silk Road trading route that George Yeo, Singapore's former foreign minister, sees as making Eurasia the driver of the future global economy. (continued)

We Can Achieve an Exciting, Low-Carbon Future Even If the Paris Climate Talks Fail

Jonathon Porritt | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Jonathon Porritt

People aren't going to be dragged reluctantly into tomorrow's low-carbon economy, looking back mournfully over their shoulder at the familiar world they're leaving behind. It has to be a world that is so enticing, so technologically cutting-edge and so affordable that they will demand the benefits of a sustainable world.

The Third Industrial Revolution, Like Moore's Law, Is a Guide to the Future

J. Byron McCormick | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
J. Byron McCormick

Make no mistake -- a new future is being built. There will be winners. There will be losers. Nations will prosper. Nations will stumble. How quickly and well that future is built matters to our kids and grandkids and those of future generations unborn.

How the Sharing Economy Can Create Value from Waste

Lisa Gansky | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Lisa Gansky

In the next phase of our global economy, we will see experimentation and ultimately adoption of peer-to-peer models where value creation mirrors value capture and the people who actually provide the value in each marketplace reap most of the benefits.

A Digital Eurasia Economy in a Biosphere World

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Jeremy Rifkin

We are on the cusp of a promising new economic era, with far-reaching benefits for humankind. What's required now is a global commitment to facilitate the transition to a digitalized green economy if we are to avert catastrophic climate change and create a more prosperous and sustainable society.

Weekend Roundup: The Audacity of the Chinese Dream

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.07.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

BEIJING -- The title of Barack Obama's pre-presidential biography is "The Audacity of Hope." Chinese President Xi Jinping has written his own document released this week -- The Communist Party's 13th five-year plan -- that might be titled "The Audacity of the Chinese Dream." This blueprint for China's future signals the most momentous shift in direction since the death of Mao and Deng Xiaoping's reform and opening up in 1978. Not a leader to rest on the laurels of his country's remarkable success so far in rising to the top ranks of the global economy, Xi wants to leap over the "middle-income trap" in which development becomes stuck in a low-wage manufacturing export economy. To do that, he needs to avoid, in his own words, the "Thucydides trap" of conflict between China as a rising power and the U.S. as the established power so instability does not disrupt growth prospects. (continued)

China's New Five-Year Plan Embraces the Third Industrial Revolution

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

BEIJING -- China's future development is about economic transformation. Through green growth and the application of Internet technologies, China can spur new opportunities and foster global sustainable development.

The Internet of Things and the Digital Transformation of Industry

Guido Bartels | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Guido Bartels

COPENHAGEN -- The Digital Age has brought with it a new way of thinking about manufacturing and operations, and the Internet of Things, which connects devices to the Web and to each other, will change the way we communicate and do business.

How Developing Nations Can Leapfrog Developed Countries with the Sharing Economy

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Jeremy Rifkin

The lack of infrastructure in the developing world is both a liability and a potential asset. We are already witnessing a surge of activity in the introduction of solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies that will boost the development trajectories of countries with enormous potential.

The Rise of the Internet of Things and the Race to a Zero Marginal Cost Society

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Jeremy Rifkin

As the world enters the Third Industrial Revolution, increased connectivity between businesses and prosumers, powered by clean and renewable energies, will change the global economy. Here's how we can make that happen.

Welcome to the Third Industrial Revolution

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Arianna Huffington

Join us for a conversation, sparked by Jeremy Rifkin's series on the "Third Industrial Revolution," on climate change, technology and the growing global movement toward solutions.

How the Third Industrial Revolution Will Create a Green Economy

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Jeremy Rifkin

Here's how the rise of the "Internet of Things," the "Sharing Economy" and the "Zero Marginal Cost Society" can save the planet and create new jobs.

Rifkin: In New Economy, 'Social Skills Count More Than Work Skills'

The European | Lars Mensel and Max Tholl | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

Economist and bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin argues that our grandchildren will pity our working conditions and that a bright future is not a ut...

The Architect of Germany's Third Industrial Revolution: an Interview with Jeremy Rifkin

Todd R. Miller | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Todd R. Miller

The architect of Germany's energy revolution, economist Jeremy Rifkin, argues that green energy critics have it backwards when it comes to the impact of renewable energy on economic growth.

The Fabulous Future of p2p Economics, Commerce and Democracy

Jules Peck | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Jules Peck

I've just returned from an eye-opening, mind-expanding week in Leipzig at the 4th Annual global Degrowth congress. This vibrant gathering brought together over 3,000, mostly young, 'prosumer' activists and practitioners from a variety of new economy movements.

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?

The Triumph of the (Internet) Commons

Nigel Barber | Posted 08.20.2014 | Technology
Nigel Barber

As electronic communities shrink distance, a generation of (mostly) young people has begun to look upon the Internet (and even the entire global ecosystem) as something tightly interconnected and mutually supportive.

Empathy Depletion: An Environmental Hazard

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Harold A. McDougall

It seems more and more clear that sustainable development requires that we look closely not only at how we treat the environment hut at how we treat each other.

Cities in the Third Industrial Revolution

Thomas Fisher | Posted 05.06.2014 | Technology
Thomas Fisher

Why continue to build infrastructure as if people will still commute between where they live and work when the new economy will see increasing numbers of people living, working, and making things in the same location?

Is Empathy the Antidote to Bullying?

Toni Nagy | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Sometimes, a movie is just a movie, but what happens when a movie becomes a movement? Bully touched me in a profound way, not only because it made me reflect on my own life, but also on the life of my daughter.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Jeremy Rifkin Predicts An Energy Revolution | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green

On Monday, we posed a few questions to Jeremy Rifkin, the American economist and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, whose new book, "The ...

Step 1: Spending 100 Percent Of Our Efforts On Next Generation Technologies

Jigar Shah | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green
Jigar Shah

Whether you are for ending our dependence on oil, job creation, safe water supplies, commodity price stability, or human health protection the answer leads to the same set of innovations and business models.