Jeremy Rifkin 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. His most recent books include the international bestsellers, “The Zero Marginal Cost Society,” “The Third Industrial Revolution,” and “The Empathic Civilization.”
Mr. Rifkin has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He has advised three presidents of the European Commission, including 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 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. Additionally, he 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 EU, called Smart Europe.
Mr. Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group, LLC comprising many of the leading companies in renewable energy, electricity transmission, engineering, construction, architecture, ICT and electronics, transport and logistics, advanced manufacturing, and economic modelers.
Mr. Rifkin is ranked 123 in the World Post / Huffington Post 2015 global survey of “The World’s Most Influential Voices” and among the top 10 most influential economic thinkers in the survey.