Thématiques : Third Industrial Revolution, American Economy
Author and Social Thinker, Jeremy Rifkin is (born January 26, 1945) an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 20 books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His most recent books include The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014), The Third Industrial Revolution (2011.
Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the European Union since 2000. He has advised the past three presidents of the European Commission and their leadership teams – President Romano Prodi, President Jose-Manuel Barroso, and the current President Jean-Claude Juncker. Rifkin has also served as an advisor to the leadership of the European Parliament and numerous heads of state, including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, and Prime Minister Janez Jansa of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security.
Rifkin is the principal 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.
According to EurActiv, « Jeremy Rifkin is an American economist and author whose best-selling Third Industrial Revolution arguably provided the blueprint for Germany’s transition to a low-carbon economy, and China’s strategic acceptance of climate policy. »
Rifkin has been a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania since 1995, where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable economies.
Rifkin is ranked #123 in the WorldPost / HuffingtonPost 2015 global survey of « The World’s Most Influential Voices.
He is also listed among the top 10 most influential economic thinkers in the survey. Rifkin has lectured before many Fortune 500 companies, and hundreds of governments, civil society organizations, and universities over the past thirty five years.
Rifkin is also the President of the TIR Consulting Group, LLC. comprising 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.