Jeremy Rifkin economist, writer, political advisor, activist and the founder and president of the Foundation On Economic Trends. Rifkin’s work explores the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. Author of seventeen bestselling books translated into more than thirty languages.
Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the author of seventeen bestselling books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages and are used in thousands of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. His most recent books include The Empathic Civilization, The Hydrogen Economy, The European Dream, The End of Work, The Age of Access, and The Biotech Century.
Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the European Union for the past decade. Mr. Rifkin advised the government of Spain during its presidency of the European Union (January 1st – June 30, 2010). Mr. Rifkin also served as an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, and Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU heads of state.
Mr. Rifkin is the principle architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security and climate change. The Third Industrial Revolution was formally endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 and is now being implemented by various agencies within the European Commission as well as in the 27 member-states.
Mr. Rifkin is also the founder and chairperson of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable, comprised of 100 of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, construction companies, architectural firms, real estate companies, IT companies, power and utility companies and transport and logistics companies. Mr. Rifkin’s global economic development team is the largest of its kind in the world and is working with cities, regions and national governments to develop master plans to transition their economies into post-carbon Third Industrial Revolution infrastructures.
Since 1994, Mr. Rifkin has been a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania, the world’s no. 1 ranked business school, where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies.
Mr. Rifkin’s monthly column on global issues appears in many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times in the United States The Guardian in the U.K., Die Süddeutsche Zeitung in Germany, L’Espresso in Italy, El Mundo and El País in Spain, Le Soir and Knack in Belgium, Kathimerini in Greece, Informatíon in Denmark, De Volkskrant in the Netherlands, Hospodárské Noviny in the Czech Republic, Wort in Luxembourg, Eesti Päevaleht in Estonia, Trud in Bulgaria, Clarín in Argentina, and Al-Ittihad in the U.A.E.
Rifkin has been influential in shaping public policy in the United States and around the world. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and has had consistent success in litigation to ensure responsible government policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology related issues.
He has been a frequent guest on numerous television programs, including Face the Nation, The Lehrer News Hour, 20/20, Larry King Live, Today, and Good Morning America. The National Journal named Rifkin as one of 150 people in the U.S. that have the most influence in shaping federal government policy.
Mr. Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Mr. Rifkin has been called upon by many of the world’s leading Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of governments, civil society organizations and universities over the past thirty five years. He has lectured at more than 200 universities in some 30 countries.
Mr. Rifkin’s presentations are interdisciplinary in nature and cover a wide range of topics pertaining to the challenges and opportunities of globalization in the 21st century.
- The Third Industrial Revolution: Leading the way to a green energy era and a hydrogen economy
- The Global Environmental Crisis: The path to sustainable development
- The European Dream: How Europe’s vision of the future is changing the global economy
- The Age of Access: Understanding the historic shift in economic models, from traditional capitalist markets to emerging global commercial networks
- The Future of Work: Rethinking the nature of employment in an increasingly automated, borderless and highly mobile global economy
- The Hi-tech Revolutions of the 21st Century: Harnessing the scientific and technological fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced IT, and cognitive science in ways that advance the process of globalization
- Rethinking the Global Health Paradigm: Making the shift from managing disease to promoting wellness
- Deep Globalization: Deepening and expanding the global economy by bringing the remaining 60% of the human race into the 21st century marketplace
- Educating Youth for a Global Era: Introducing service learning and experiential education into schools and colleges to prepare youth for working and living in a diverse, multicultural world
- Immigration in a Globally Connected World: Addressing the challenges of migration in an era of cultural diasporasBeyond the Nation State: Examining the future prospects of transnational political spaces in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa