Jeremy Rifkin

Author, Economic and Social Theorist, Writer, Political Advisor and Activist

Creator of the Third Industrial Revolution concept, Jeremy Rifkin is a key figure in the movement towards economic sustainability.

A fascinating speaker committed to communicating vital messages about how we can survive and flourish into the future.

Videos of Jeremy Rifkin

Talk at Google about the The Empathic Civilization
Speaking about the Third Industrial Revolution
Rifkin interviewed on Industrial Policy and EU growth

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About Jeremy Rifkin

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • He has advised the European Union and CEOs around the world on the challenges posed by the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. As well as being a trusted political advisor at home in the US he has worked with the heads of several European governments and is a best-selling author, economist and public speaker.
  • President and founder of the Foundation on Economic Trends.
  • Advisor to the European Union.
  • Senior lecturer at the Wharton School where he works with CEOs on moving to economically sustainable models.
  • Founder of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable

Jeremy is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin 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).

He 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.

Mr. Rifkin’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 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.”

He is also advising 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."

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."

Mr. Rifkin is a principal architect of the European Union’s long term Third Industrial Revolution economic vision and development plan to usher in an Internet of Things digital infrastructure across the European Union and its partnership regions to create a smart post-carbon economy, ecological society, and the world’s largest single integrated economic marketplace. The plan is called "Smart Europe."

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.

The Third Industrial Revolution Smart Europe 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.

He is the President of the TIR Consulting Group, LLC comprising many of the leading renewable energy companies, electricity transmission companies, engineering companies, construction companies, architectural firms, ICT and electronics companies, transport and logistics companies, advanced manufacturing companies, and economic modelers. 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. The TIR Consulting Group LLC is currently working with the regions of Hauts-de-France, the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the conceptualization, build out, and scale up of a smart Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to transform their economies.

Jeremy is ranked 123 in the WorldPost / HuffingtonPost 2015 global survey of "The World's Most Influential Voices." Mr. Rifkin is also listed among the top 10 most influential economic thinkers in the survey. The survey was prepared at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and used collective intelligence to correlate the rankings.

Since 1995, Rifkin has lectured at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable economies.

Jeremy presents in an interactive, passionate, thought-provoking manner.

Speaking Topics

  • The Third Industrial Revolution and a Zero Marginal Cost Society
  • The Great Economic Revolutions in History
  • The Science of Productivity
  • A New Smart Infrastructure
  • Zero Marginal Cost and the Rise of the Sharing Economy
  • The Communication Internet
  • The Renewable Energy Internet
  • The Transportation and Logistics Internet
  • Financing the Transition
  • Two Generations of Mass Employment
  • A New Consciousness for a New Era
  • Rethinking Employment in an Automated Economy
  • Peer-to-Peer Education
  • An Empathic Counter-Narrative
  • A Biosphere Trade Agreement
  • Ecological Agriculture
  • The Water Energy Nexus
  • Leapfrogging Poverty in the Developing World
  • The New Digital Monopolies
  • The Energy Challenge
  • The Age of Access
  • The Biotech Century & Genetic Commerce
  • The End of Work - Rethinking Employment in the 21st Century
  • Global Economic Trends
  • The European Dream
  • Impact of Scientific & Technological Change on the Economy, the Workforce and Society


"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" - The "European Energy Review

"Many in the scholarly, religious, and political fields praise Jeremy Rifkin for a willingness to think big, raise controversial questions, and serve as a social and ethical prophet". - The New York Times

Books By Jeremy Rifkin

  • The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (2014)
  • The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World (2011) 
  • The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis (2009)
  • The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream (2004)
  • The Age of Access: The New Culture of Hypercapitalism, Where All of Life is a Paid-For Experience (2000)
  • The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World (1998)
  • Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture (1993)
  • The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power On Earth (Sept 2002)
  • The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labour Force and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era (1995)
  • Rain Forest in Your Kitchen: The Hidden Connection Between Extinction and Your Supermarket (1992)
  • Algeny: A New Word ? A New World (1984)
  • The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World (2011)
  • The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness In a World In Crisis (2010)
  • The End of Work (1997)
  • The Biotech Century (1998)

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