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Jérémy Rifkin

Weekend Roundup: 5 Million Jobs Lost to Robots and Inequality Too Vast to Last

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

As global elites gathered in Davos this week, the World Economic Forum released a daunting survey that estimates that 5 million jobs will be lost across the world in coming years to robotic automation. Oxfam also reported this week that 62 ultra-rich individuals held as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet -- inequality too vast to last. While globalization and rapid technological advance empower some with unprecedented possibilities, they dispossess others, causing growing gaps in power and wealth that lead in turn to fear, resentment and violence. In this one world a race is on between the two consequences of change. As Jo Confino writes from Davos, "rapid advances in technology are pulling the world in opposite directions."(continued)

Weekend Roundup: A Pattern of Crises Connects Cologne and Istanbul

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.15.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Even before the "Night of Shame" on New Year's Eve in Cologne further fueled an already fervent anti-foreigner backlash, German leaders were desperately looking to Turkey to stem the flow of refugees headed to Europe from the war-torn Mideast. Now 10 German tourists have lost their lives at the foot of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. They are the victims of yet another suicide bombing by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in the wake of Turkey's decision last July to allow U.S. warplanes to fly from its soil to attack militant positions in Syria. Along the old route of the Orient Express, violence and disorder are weaving an interrelated and self-reinforcing pattern of crises that will be hard to unravel. (continued)

Weekend Roundup: Realpolitik Destabilizes the World

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

What lurks behind the incapacity to resolve the destabilizing crises of North Korea's latest nuclear test and Saudi Arabia's frontal clash with Iran are the realpolitik considerations of Russia, China and the United States. (continued)

Weekend Roundup: Refugees From Global Disorder Land in Europe

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week marked an historic milestone: More than 1 million refugees and migrants fleeing the global disorder of civil war, poverty and persecution this year landed on Europe's doorstep. It is the largest crisis of displaced people since world war ravaged the European continent seven decades ago. (continued)

Weekend Roundup: The WorldPost Maps the Global Conversation

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

To become a self-conscious "global thinking circuit," the virtual territory of the Internet needs a map that charts the currents and connects the dots of the worldwide conversation. Who are the most influential voices, and how do their ideas spread? This week, The WorldPost joined with the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Zurich to produce such a map, the 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index, which, for the first time, analyzes not only the dominant English-language infosphere, but also the other top language areas of Spanish and Chinese, as well as German. One notable result, as I report in my summary of the project, is that The WorldPost, as the global portal of the Huffington Post, has emerged in the two years since we launched as a top platform for the cross-pollination of ideas beyond borders. (continued)

Weekend Roundup: World Leaders Embrace Ethics of the Future at Paris Summit

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.04.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

Whatever the final outcome, the United Nations climate summit convening in Paris is already a unique event in the history of the planet. Using the scientific tool of reasoned projection, the most self-aware and conscious species, Homo sapiens, has collectively peered into the times ahead and seen the ruinous impact on generations to come from burning ever more carbon to fuel our present industrialized desire. Motivated by an ethics of the future, top leaders from across the world have resolved to preempt further damage to the fragile ecology of Earth's livable climate that has so far allowed human civilization to flourish. Whether that resolve is sufficient to meet the mounting challenge in a meaningful time frame is the existential question. (continued)

Weekend Roundup: Now It's NATO vs. NATO (New Anti-Terror Organization)

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.26.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The Turkish downing of a Russian jet that crossed into its territory while bombing targets in Syria complicates even further the play of contraries in an already bewildering set of Mideast conflicts. The episode introduces a fresh tension that could well pit NATO, of which Turkey is a member, against what Gopalkrishna Gandhi calls a fledgling new NATO, or New Anti-Terror Organization, that French President François Hollande is trying to organize globally in the wake of the Paris attacks. Hollande meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week. (continued)

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 12.10.2015 | 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 10.20.2016 | 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 10.20.2016 | 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 utopia...

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.