Lectures and Activities
Jeremy Rifkin was a recipient of the 13th annual German Sustainability Award in December 2020 for his work on addressing climate change. The award was presented to Mr. Rifkin in a laudatory address by Sigmar Gabriel, the former Foreign Minister, Vice-Chancellor, Economic Minister, and Environmental Minister of Germany.
Mr. Rifkin joined Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of the Economy, on stage to open up the sixth edition of the Challenges magazine Economy Summit. Mr. Rifkin’s keynote presentation was listened to by 300 business and government leaders from all around France. The purpose of the Summit is to build bridges between the business community, civil society, and the political world.
Mr. Rifkin was the feature keynote at the Cinco Dias / El Pais Sustainability Days in Madrid. Mr. Rifkin spoke to Madrid’s business community during COP25. Cinco Dias is the major Spanish business and finance newspaper, and El Pais is the major Spanish daily newspaper.
Mr. Rifkin joined students, faculty, and community stakeholders at the University of Toronto’s Innis College to present his latest book, The Green New Deal: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth.
Mr. Rifkin gave the opening keynote presentation for the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Power Train conference. This conference brought together all of the leadership in the automotive industry, including senior executives from the major car companies, senior government officials from key regulatory agencies, and top executives from suppliers.
Mr. Rifkin joined Sumo Logic in Silicon Valley for their annual user conference which brings together 1,000 forward leaning business and technology folks who are on the cutting edge of cloud computing, cyber security, data science, etc. Mr. Rifkin gave the opening keynote address.
Mr. Rifkin gave a keynote presentation at the 12th edition of the Institutional Money Congress in Frankfurt. The conference is the most important information hub for institutional investors in German-speaking countries.
Mr. Rifkin spent two days at Virginia Tech meeting with students, faculty, and community stakeholders. During his two-day visit, Rifkin gave a public lecture at the Moss Art Center on the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change, and how the Roanoke and New River Valley region could navigate those challenges in the future through a regional strategic plan.
Mr. Rifkin gave the opening keynote address at Electronica, which is the world’s leading trade fair and conference for electronics. More than 3,000 exhibitors and 80,000 – 90,000 visitors from all over the world meet in Munich every other year to showcase and discuss the latest developments in the world of electronics.
Mr. Rifkin joined Dow Chemical for their annual European Innovation Summit called Shape Tomorrow. Mr. Rifkin gave the keynote speech to 150 of Dow Chemical’s top European clients across various value chains in the plastics & packaging, infrastructure, and consumer segments.
Mr. Rifkin gave the keynote presentation at the National Council of State Legislatures’ Energy Summit which attracted 200-250 legislative leaders from across the nation, and those from other countries as well.
Mr. Rifkin spoke at the Brussels Economic Forum, which is the flagship annual conference of the European Commission. It is the place where European and international policymakers, opinion leaders, influential academics as well as civil society and business leaders gather to identify key challenges and debate policy priorities for the European economy. Mr. Rifkin joined Professor Robert Gordon on stage to debate the future of automation.
At the invitation of the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mr. Rifkin gave the opening keynote speech at the 2018 Vienna Energy Forum. The VEF convened 300 participants, including ministers, representatives from Member States, and other UN organizations.
Mr. Rifkin gave a keynote speech at the St. Gallen Symposium, which is a student-led initiative that brings together 1,000 people, including 600 global CEOs or Chairpersons of the Board, 200 students from around the world, 100 young people, and over 100 journalists.
Columbia, Mr. Rifkin joined the UBC community for a full day of workshops, culminating in a keynote speech to students, faculty, and stakeholders from the wider British Columbia community.
At the invitation of James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources for Canada, Mr. Rifkin gave a keynote presentation at the Generation Energy Forum in Winnipeg. The forum welcomed 500 attendees including thought leaders, industry, academics, civil society, indigenous leaders, as well as several Canadian CEOs.
Mr. Rifkin was invited to give the opening keynote presentation at Nomura Research Institute’s “Dream of the Future” forum. The forum convened business leaders from all around Japan. Mr. Rifkin joined the CEO of Nomura Research Institute on-stage for a talk. Mr. Rifkin also had an exchange with Hiroya Masuda, former Minister of Affairs and Communications for Japan.
Mr. Rifkin joined the 400-person global leadership team of Deutsche Telekom in Euskirchen, Germany to give a keynote presentation on “Future trends; What does that mean for Deutsche Telekom and Leadership of tomorrow?”
The Third Industrial Revolution: A New Story for the Human Family premieres at Tribeca Film Festival
New York, 22 April 2017
Fast Company profile piece on Jeremy Rifkin and the Third Industrial Revolution
While his plans are in the works in Europe and Asia, The Third Industrial Revolution, a new film about Rifkin and his work, that recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, aims to explain his framework for a plan for the U.S. While President Trump and Republican and Democratic lawmakers have made some attempts toward putting together a massive $1 trillion infrastructure plan, any details remain murky. Rifkin wants a plan that instead would take power from the bickering tug-of-war of federal politics, and give it to the people, businesses, and local officials who can affect change on the ground.
The film (a Vice production) is based around the theories Rifkin presented in his book of the same name, and two other of his books, The Empathic Civilization (2009) and Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014). The film explores the challenges of climate change and globalization, the opportunities created by the rise of the internet and automation, and how governments and corporations should be preparing for–and working to build–a society and economy driven by sustainable innovation, and powered by renewable and distributed energy. “I think the green shoots are coming up everywhere; we’re seeing telltale signs of what’s in the film,” Rifkin tells Fast Company. “My hope is if people see the film it will make sense to them because it’s already on the tip of their tongue. They know all the sentences, they just hadn’t put the chapters together. Then it just makes sense. And once that happens, they never go back. I think a lot of people are right there.”
Brussels, 7 February 2017
The Smart Europe Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic development plan was formally announced by Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission, Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of the Regions, and Jeremy Rifkin on February 7th 2017. Mr. Rifkin is currently advising the European Commission on the deployment of the Smart Europe initiative and will be working with the 350 formal regions of the EU in the creation of road maps to deploy the new economic narrative and vision across Europe. The titular heads of TIR Consulting Group LLC’s three test regions – Xavier Bertrand, President of Hauts-de France; Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg; and Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam – all presented the TIR initiatives in each of their jurisdictions.
Official Unveiling of the Third Industrial Revolution Roadmap Next Economy for the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague
Rotterdam, 3 February 2017
Mr. Rifkin joined with Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, and Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission in Rotterdam to present the Third Industrial Revolution Strategy Study. The Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague (MRDH), which comprises 23municipalities with a combined population of 2.3 million, has been working with TIR Consulting Group LLC over the past year in a joint project to craft an economic vision and development plan to transform this large swath of the Netherlands into a Third Industrial Revolution. This collaborative effort has resulted in a 152,000 word Roadmap Next Economy report to make this extended metropolitan region a pioneer in the build out of a smart Digital Europe.
Frankfurt, 31 January 2017
On January 31st 2017, the European Union launched the digital Third Industrial Revolution Smart Europe economic modernization plan with a conference hosted by Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, called “Into the Future: Europe’s Digital Integrated Market.” Mr. Rifkin delivered a keynote address on transforming the European Union into a smart Third Industrial Revolution paradigm.
Austin, 10 January 2017
Jeremy Rifkin gave a keynote speech at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) annual “Convening Leaders” conference. Mr. Rifkin spoke to 4,500 leaders in the global meetings, convention, and business events industry.
Detroit, 9 January 2017
Mr. Rifkin joined Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, in Detroit to give a keynote speech at Ford’s “Cities of Tomorrow” symposium at the North American International Auto Show. The event also marked the announcement of the forthcoming film, The Third Industrial Revolution: A New Story for the Human Family. The film, presented by VICE and Ford, was exclusively previewed at “The City of Tomorrow” and explores the future of mobility, sustainability and climate change in cities, and how people can prepare to live productively, successfully and happily in the future. The session, moderated by VICE Chief Creative Officer Eddy Moretti, was designed to create a conversation for a brighter future, and drew insight from top entrepreneurs, disruptors and CEOs, including Rifkin, WeWork Founder and CEO Adam Neumann and Ford Chief Information Officer Marcy Klevorn.
Official Unveiling of the Third Industrial Revolution Strategy Study for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Luxembourg, 14 November 2016
At the occasion of the Luxembourg Sustainability Forum, Mr. Rifkin presented Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg, with the Third Industrial Revolution Strategy Study. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and TIR Consulting Group LLC have engaged in a deep collaborative initiative over the past twelve months, designed to transform the country into the first nation-state of the smart green Third Industrial Revolution era. The year-long project has culminated in a 475 page Third Industrial Revolution Strategy Study to help guide the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg into the next stage of its journey.
Bratislava, 9 July 2016
Mr. Rifkin joined Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union, and Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of the Regions, in Bratislava to give a keynote presentation and showcase the Third Industrial Revolution flagship regions of Hauts-de-France and the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague. The summit gathered around 700 people from across Europe and was the largest event held in Bratislava during Slovakia’s EU Presidency. Delegates at the Summit included the 350 members of the European Committee of the Regions and politicians from the national and European level, as well as European Commissioners, experts, and business representatives.
Brussels, 13 April 2016
Mr. Rifkin was invited to give the first annual Herman Van Rompuy lecture in honor of Herman Van Rompuy, the first President of the European Council, and his work on the European project. Mr. Rifkin spoke to European leaders about the opportunities and challenges brought on by a Third Industrial Revolution Smart Europe.
Dallas, 6 April 2016
The WTTC Global Summit is established as the key annual event in the Travel and Tourism calendar – a place where people meet, where business is done, and ideas exchanged. The Summit agenda addressed the major issues that are critical for political and industry leaders and was attended by some of the sector’s most influential CEOs and policy makers. Mr. Rifkin gave a keynote presentation on how technological developments and changing business models are disrupting the travel and tourism industry.
Dusseldorf, 21 March 2016
Jeremy Rifkin joined Wolfgang Bernhard, CEO of Daimler Trucks & Buses, in Hamburg to give a keynote speech in front of hundreds of journalists. The keynote speech preceded a live demonstration of Daimler’s new driverless trucks platooning on the Germany motorway.
Munich, 17 January 2016
The DLD (Digital, Life, and Design) Conference is Europe’s hottest digital innovation conference and has been named ‘one of the two most important innovation conferences in Europe’ by The Economist. Mr. Rifkin gave a keynote address to over 800 invited guests and 220 journalists.
Qingdao, 18-19 September 2015
Mr. Rifkin was hosted on September 18-19th by Zhang Ruimin, CEO of Haier, for a two-day public conference in Qingdao. The conference aimed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Haier’s new global business plan and operations. Mr. Rifkin was the guest of honor and spoke with the CEO, the board of directors, and the key corporate leadership team. Mr. Rifkin also delivered a keynote address attended by key government dignitaries and industry leaders from across China.
Conference of the Speakers of European Union Parliaments – Following the opening plenary remarks by Ms. Laura Boldrini, President of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, and Mr. Pietro Grasso, President of the Senate of Italy, Mr. Rifkin presented the keynote address at the annual conference of the speakers of the 28 European Union (EU) member state parliaments in the plenary hall in Palazzo Montecitorio.
CeBIT Global Conference
Hannover, 17 March 2015
The annual CeBIT Global Conference brings together thousands of business leaders from the worldwide IT industry in one of the two largest consumer electronics show in the world. Mr. Rifkin delivered a keynote address on the introduction of an Internet of Things infrastructure to usher-in a smart digital green global economy and a zero marginal cost society.
Paris, 14 March 2015
The Zero Marginal Cost Society Through Art Expression – Inspired by Mr. Rifkin’s book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, this exhibition considers artwork made since 1990 to the present which reflect economic transition. Mr. Rifkin provided the keynote address to 200 of the leading art curators and artists in the world.
See a feature piece from the Financial Times here.
London, 5 March 2015
Mr. Rifkin provided an opening keynote address at the HuffingtonPost / WorldPost Conference in London. The conference was attended by corporate leaders, representatives of the media, and civil society on the theme of advancing sustainable development in the developed and developing nations. Mr. Rifkin provided a keynote address on the Internet of Things, the rise of the sharing economy, and the transition to a zero marginal cost society.
Berlin, 2 March 2015
The “Momentum for Europe – Innovation and Competitiveness” was organized by the European Investment Bank Group. Mr. Rifkin provided the keynote address following remarks by President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the President of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer. Four hundred CEOs and senior executives of the financial sector of the European Union, and government officials attended the summit.
New York City, 22 January 2015
McCann Worldgroup, a leading global marketing firm, invited Jeremy Rifkin to be the Keynote Speaker to kick off the “Truth About Global Brands Summit,” an event hosted at Bloomberg media in New York. The audience was an “Invite Only” group of marketing leaders from companies including Coca-Cola, General Mills, General Motors, L’Oréal, MasterCard, Microsoft, Nestlé and Reckitt Benckiser among others. Mr. Rifkin delivered an opening speech on the new business models, product lines, and services that will accompany the Internet of Things and the transformation to a zero marginal cost sharing economy.
Santiago, 14 January 2015
IV Congress of the Future – The 4th Congress of the Future gathers a large number of Nobel Prize winners and world-leading scientists and humanists. It is the main academic and political event organized by the Senate of Chile, the Government of Chile, the Chilean Academy of Sciences, private companies, local media, and civil society. Mr. Rifkin gave the keynote address following remarks by Michelle Bachelet, the President of Chile, and Isabel Allende, the President of the Senate of Chile. Immediately following his address, Mr. Rifkin engaged in a 2-hour dialogue with President Bachelet and her senior ministers on transitioning the Americas into a zero marginal cost society and Third Industrial Revolution.
Las Vegas, 5 January 2015
The Consumer Electronics Show is the largest electronics fair in the world. Mr. Rifkin provided a keynote address alongside BK Yoon, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics, during the opening plenary session attended by 3,600 executives from across the global electronics industry.
Strasbourg, 3 November 2014
Hosted by the Council of Europe, the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy is an annual gathering of government leaders, opinion-makers, civil society activists, representatives of business, academia, media and professional groups to debate key challenges for democracies worldwide. Mr. Rifkin gave the keynote address alongside Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy, and Francois Hollande, President of France.
Brussels, 29 September 2014
The Digital Action Day 2014 was organized by the European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes in the context of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The audience (approx. 700-800 delegates) was comprised of policy makers, industry leaders, start-ups, NGOs, national governments, other EU Institutions. Mr. Rifkin provided the keynote address before a presentation by Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes.
Venice, 8 July 2014
Mr. Rifkin gave the keynote address at the “Digital Venice 2014” summit on the build out and scale up of a Digital Europe infrastructure for a smart continental green economy. The conference was hosted by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Sample Lecture Clients
Ernst and Young
Wall Street Journal
CB Richard Ellis
Ford Motor Company
Nomura Research Institute
BBC-British Broadcasting Corporation
Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
PBS-Public Broadcasting Services
National Association of Broadcasters-U.S.
Seoul Broadcasting System
Governments, Government Organizations, Political Parties
EU Commitee of the Regions
European Investment Bank
CDU-Christian Democratic Union of Germany
SPD-Social Democratic Party of Germany
Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission
Federal Chancellery of Germany
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
UNIDO (Vienna Energy Forum)
Danish Foreign Ministry
Government of Santa Fe, Argentina
Labor Ministry of Austria
Municipality of Rome
US Department of Interior
President Romano Prodi, European Commission
Financial Times ETNO Summit
Brussels Economic Forum
European Insurance Forum
Society of Automotive Engineers Powertrain Conference
Telecomm Austria Annual Conference
State Legislative Leaders Foundation
ASIA Future Forum
Global Investment Forum
20th World Congress of Savings Banks
Generation Energy Forum
Annual Security Lenders Conference
World Economic Forum (Davos)
International Economic Forum of the Americas
Institutional Money Congress
European Foodservices Summit
World Political Forum
The European IT Forum
University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School
Johns Hopkins University
London School of Economics
L’ecole Nationale d’Administration
University of British Columbia
Sciences Po Paris
University of Texas – Austin
University of Toronto
University of Rome
Petronas University of Technology
European School of Management and Technology
University of Maryland
St. Gallens Switzerland
Italian National Communications Association
Polish Chamber of Commerce
Open Society Foundations of Latvia and Estonia
Urban Land Institute
International Bureau of Social Tourism
American Museum of Natural History
Council of Foundations
World Federation of Friends of Museums
Risk Management Association
World Futurist Society
Konrad Adenauer Foundation