The Third Industrial Revolution
The price of energy and food is climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing market has tanked, consumer and government debt is soaring, and the recovery is slowing. Facing the prospect of a second collapse of the global economy, humanity is desperate for a sustainable economic game plan to take us into the future.
Here, Jeremy Rifkin explores how Internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful "Third Industrial Revolution." He asks us to imagine hundreds of millions of people producing their own green energy in their homes, offices, and factories, and sharing it with each other in an "energy internet," just like we now create and share information online.
Rifkin describes how the five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create thousands of businesses and millions of jobs and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships—from hierarchical power to lateral power—that will impact the way we conduct commerce, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life.
Rifkin’s vision is already gaining traction in the international community. The European Parliament has issued a formal declaration calling for its implementation, and other nations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas are quickly preparing their own initiative for transitioning into this new economic paradigm.
The Third Industrial Revolution is an insider’s account of the next great economic era, including a look into the personalities and players—heads of state, global CEO’s, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs—who are pioneering its implementation around the world.
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"Impeccably argued. . .a compelling and cogent argument to overhaul our society and economy in favor of a distributed and collaborative model."
— Publishers Weekly
"Rifkin connects the two defining technologies of the 21st Century -- the Internet and renewable energies -- giving us a powerful new economic vision for the future. As we look to regrow the economy, generate millions of jobs, and create a sustainable future for our children, the Third Industrial Revolution offers an indispensable roadmap."
— Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group
"Mr. Rifkin clearly outlines the challenges facing our global community, and creates a vision for business leaders, government and citizens."
— John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco
"The creative thinking of Jeremy Rifkin has been inspiring policy makers and citizens alike. This book shows the key role renewables and modern technologies can play in our transition to a low-carbon economy."
— José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
"This is a remarkable piece of work from one of the foremost thinkers of our time. . .Rifkin has come up with a visionary and innovative economic development model that ensures the sustainability of our natural resources and ecosystems."
— Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
"More than thought provoking. . . a call for action to policy makers and business leaders to embrace the opportunity of a society and economy driven by sustainable innovation and powered by renewable and distributed energy."
— Rudy Provoost, CEO of Philips Lighting
"A provocative strategy for transforming the global energy system. This book may help frame the social and economic solutions for the 1.5 billion poorest people who lack access to clean, reliable, and efficient energy services."
— Kandeh K. Yumkella, director-general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and chairman of UN Energy
"Jeremy Rifkin's intellectual rigor, combined with lively and engaging prose, has produced a timely and important work on how to diversify our energy sources in order to create a world in which people can live well and within the limits of the planet."
— Bjorn Stigson, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
"As the chairman of a global real estate services company, I'm convinced that Jeremy Rifkin's vision of rethinking buildings as green 'micro-power plants' is the future. But to do this, we need the courage to act quickly and lay the foundation for the Third Industrial Revolution. So let's get on with it."
— Bruce Mosler, Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Global Brokerage
"Very compelling . . . while many experts focus on how to transform our energy systems, few offer such a comprehensive economic vision and social road map as Jeremy Rifkin. The 'Energy Internet' will lift our world to a new plateau of economic growth, while at the same time addressing climate change and increasing our energy security. . . . A must-read."
— Guido Bartels, chairman of the Global Smart Grid Federation
"Jeremy Rifkin's Third Industrial Revolution sets forth a comprehensive, realistic, technically sound, market-driven model for transitioning the global economy into a more sustainable future. Rifkin's vision of "Distributed Capitalism" strikes a powerful chord among leading CEOs in the design and construction industries who will be tasked with turning the theory and promise of a Third Industrial Revolution into reality."
— Mark Casso, President of the Construction Industry Round Table
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