visionary thinker on technology and the environment
The economic impact of technology
The carbon-free economy
The Third Industrial Revolution
The future of work
Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, political advisor and activist.
He is the author of 20 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society and the environment. The books have been translated into more than 35 languages. His most recent books include the international bestsellers, The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014), The Third Industrial Revolution(2011), The Empathic Civilization (2010), The European Dream (2004), The Hydrogen Economy (2002), The Age of Access (2000), The Biotech Century (1998), and The End of Work (1995).
Jeremy has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He has advised three presidents of the European Commission - Romano Prodi, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the current President, Jean-Claude Juncker - as well as the European Parliament and numerous EU heads of state, including Germany's Angela Merkel, on the ushering in of a smart green Third Industrial Revolution economy.
Jeremy's New York Times bestselling book, The Third Industrial Revolution, provided the blueprint for the economic transition to a post-carbon ecological society across the European Union. According to The European Energy Review, "perhaps no other author or thinker has had more influence on the EU's ambitious climate and energy policy than the famous American 'visionary' Jeremy Rifkin." In the words of former Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, Jeremy Rifkin "is the economic and ecological worldwide ambassador of the energy transition… Rifkin presents a grand scenario for the future: a visionary approach unlike anyone has dared to put forward in the last fifty years that will boost our thinking and help with our orientation.”
Jeremy also advises the leadership of the Peoples Republic of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet Plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy. The Huffington Post reported from Beijing on October 29th 2015 that "Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has not only read Jeremy Rifkin's book, The Third Industrial Revolution, and taken it to heart. He and his colleagues have also made it the core of the country's thirteenth Five-Year Plan..." The Huffington Post goes on to say that "this blueprint for China's future signals the most momentous shift in direction since the death of Mao and the advent of Deng Xiaoping's reform and opening up in 1978."
Jeremy is one of the most influential social and economic thinkers of our times, helping organisations and governments understand the monumental shifts that are re-shaping the global economy. When it comes to advocating for a transition away from carbon-based energy, few have had as profound an effect on public policy as he has.