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Highlights of 2007

Keynoted the Informal Meeting of the 27 EU Environmental Ministers
German Presidency of the European Union 

German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety 

Keynote Speech:  “Environment, Innovation, and Employment”

Essen, Germany, 1 June 2007

Mr. Rifkin was invited by German Environmental Minister Sigmar Gabriel to give the keynote address at the Informal Meeting of the 27 EU Environmental Ministers, during Germany’s presidency of the Council of the European Union.  In his speech, Mr. Rifkin outlined a strategic economic game plan for ushering in a third industrial revolution and a shift to a post-carbon, post-nuclear era for Europe.




Annual Meeting of the European Commission Secretariat-General

Keynote Address: "Globalization and Europe's Role in the World"

Brussels, Belgium, 14 September 2007


Transatlantic Dialogues

House of World Cultures

Keynote Address with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Berlin, Germany, 19 September 2007


"Citizens of the Earth":  Paris International Conference on the Environment

Hosted by French President Jacques Chirac

Chaired 5th roundtable at the conference entitled "Changing Mentalities and Patterns of Production and Consumption"

Paris, France 2 February 2007


European Ideas Network (EIN)

Sponsored by European People’s Party-European Democrats (EPP-ED) of the European Parliament

Summer University Keynote Address:  “The Third Industrial Revolution”

, Poland,  21 September 2007


Morgan Stanley Conference

European CEO Forum

Keynote Address:  "Sustainability and Climate Change"

Venice, Italy, 12 May 2007


International Association Public Transport (UITP)

57th UITP World Congress and Exhibition

Public Transport: Moving People, Moving Cities

Keynote Speech:  “Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization in the 21st Century”

Helsinki, Finland, 21 May 2007



Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome:
1st European Youth Summit

Sponsored by the European Commission and European Parliament

Keynote Speech:  “The European Dream”

Rome, Italy, 24 March 2007



Energy Globe World Award Ceremony

Hosted by Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament

Presentation at the Fair Energy Roundtable

Speech Topic: "Environmental Technology- A Chance for Europe"

Brussels, Belgium, 11 April 2007



ICBI Investment Conference

SuperReturn 2007: The 10th Annual European Private Equity and Venture Capital Summit

Morning Keynote Address: “The Third Industrial Revolution:  Examining the Convergence of Energy, Climate, and Communication and the Business Opportunities This Will Create”

Frankfurt, Germany, 27 February 2007



Camera dei Deputati 

International Meeting on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

"To Be European Today:  The Path of Identity Past and Future"

Presentation to Italian Parliament 

Rome, Italy, 5 June 2007



Government of the Autonomous Region of Aragon 

Reception of the 2007 Saint George Award

Zaragoza, Spain, 23 April 2007



Scanno Prize

Abruzzi, Italy 15 September 2007


Featured Lectures

Highlights of 2007

London School of Economics and Political Science

Ralph Miliband Lecture Series

Speech topic:  “The Hydrogen Economy:  Making the Transition to the Third Industrial Revolution and a New Energy Era”

Special Guest:  Environment Minister David Miliband

London, England, 8 May 2007

Deutsche Post World/DHL

DHL Innovations Center Opening

Speech Topic: “The Hydrogen Economy:  Energy Innovation and the Future of Logistics”

Troisberg, Germany, 27 March 2007

Credit Suisse

Thought Leadership Conference: Time-Out:  Leisure in the 21st Century

Speech Topic:  “The Future of Work and Leisure”

Geneva, Switzerland, 19 March 2007

CIRT (Construction Industry Round Table)

20th Anniversary Conference: Future Factors 2020:  "What Design & Construction Will Look Like in 20 Years" 

Keynote Speech: Third Industrial Revolution

Audience: 75 CEOs of leading engineering, construction and architectural firms in the United States

Grand Cayman Island, 29 October 2007

Akron Group

Real Estate Sustainability Conference: “Global Solutions for Future Energy Economics”

Keynote Speech: Third Industrial Revolution

Vienna, Austria, 6 November 2007

Fortis Bank

Fortis Energy Forum 2007

Speech Topic: “Leading the Way to the Third Industrial Revolution”

San Antonio, Texas, 29 November 2007

IBM Corporation

IBM Intelligent Utility Network Conference

Keynote Speech: Third Industrial Revolution

Audience: 50 participants from Senior Management of Utility Companies

Scottsdale, Arizona, 30 November 2007

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs

Innovations Lecture 2007

Keynote Speech: Third Industrial Revolution

Audience: 150 academicians, civil servants, top executives from the largest stock exchange companies

The Hague, Netherlands, 4 December 2007

State of California Department of Education

19th Annual California Partnership Academies Conference:  Educating Students for a World of Opportunities

Keynote Speech

San Diego, California, 12 March 2007

Swedish Confederation of Federal Employees (TCO)

Conference: Growth, Jobs, and Welfare:  A Scandinavian Model for Smart Growth?

Speech Topic:  “The Future of Work in the 21st Century”

Stockholm, Sweden, 11 January 2007

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

21st Century Talks:  Population Explosion to Implosion?

Speech Topic: “’Homo Urbanus’:  Celebration or Lamentation?”

Paris, France, 22 May 2007

The Third Industrial Revolution

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