The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World

The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World

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By (author) Jeremy Rifkin

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 228mm x 24mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 2 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230341977
  • ISBN 13: 9780230341975
  • Sales rank: 31,111

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With the KeystonePipelinedominating the news, and America's addiction to oil showing no signs of waning, it is more urgent than ever that we reconsider our energy needs in light of economic reality. In this New York Times bestseller, Jeremy Rifkin explores how Internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful new engine of economic growth, wherein hundreds of millions of people will produce their own green energy in their homes, offices, and factories and share it with each other in an "energy Internet." This process will usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral, that will impact the way we conduct commerce, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life. 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 CEOs, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs - who are pioneering its implementation around the world.

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Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the author of18 bestselling books, including The Hydrogen Economy. He has been a guest on Face the Nation,20/20,Today, and Good Morning America.The National Journalnamed Rifkin as1 of 150 people in the United Statesthat have the most influence in shaping federal government policy. He has also testified before numerous congressional committees, and since 1994, Mr. Rifkin has been a senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Rifkin is chairman of the Global CEO Business Roundtable, which includes IBM, Cisco, and Cushman and Wakefield, and has served as an adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel, among other global leaders. His monthly column on global issues appears in many of the world's leading newspapers and magazines.

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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"

Table of contents

Introduction PART I: THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION The Real Economic Crisis Everyone Missed A New Narrative Turning Theory to Practice PART II: LATERAL POWER Distributed Capitalism Beyond Right and Left From Globalization to Continentalization PART III: THE COLLABORATIVE AGE Retiring Adam Smith A Classroom Makeover Morphing from the Industrial to the Collaborative Era