The Third Industrial Revolution

9th Nov 2011; 18:00

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Acclaimed author, political adviser and ‘social and ethical prophet’ Jeremy Rifkin visits the RSA to explore how internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful ‘Third Industrial Revolution.’

He asks us to imagine hundreds of millions of people producing their own green energy in their homes, offices, and factories, and sharing it with each other in an ‘energy internet,’ just like we now create and share information online.  

In just a few years, millions of buildings and even cities will become energy self-sufficient, signalling the end of our reliance on fossil fuels. This transformation is already underway in Europe, where Rifkin serves as EU advisor on a project that will revolutionize the continent's energy supply.  

Join Jeremy Rifkin as he describes how the five-pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create thousands of businesses and millions of jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact the way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life.

Chair: Sara Parkin, founder and director, Forum for the Futre

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