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

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The Industrial Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiraling into a dangerous endgame. The price of gas and food are climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing market has tanked, consumer and government debt is soaring, and the recovery is slowing. Facing the prospect of a second collapse of the global economy, humanity is desperate for a sustainabl ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published 2011)
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أحمد فريد
يمثل الكتاب رؤية واقعية عقلانية للنظام العالمي القادم ، القائم على توليد الطاقة المُتجددة (الطاقة الشمسية-طاقة الرياح-الطاقة الحرارية من الأرض-الطاقة الكهرومائية-توليد الطاق
من الفضلات) من البيوت ومشاركة فائضها عبر شبكة ذكية عالمية ، مما يساهم في إعادة رسم المجتمعات والحضارات واقتصاداتها بصورة أكثر تعاونية وتشاركية بالتأثير على نظم التعليم الواعي بالبيئة والمحيط الحيوي. كما يساهم في إعادة صياغة علاقات البشر ببعضهم وبالطبيعة لتصبح أكثر تراحمية. واستبدال الوعي البشري القائم على المنفعة الشخصية التي
Interesting premise, but good LORD what a boring book. All about the meetings the author had with European heads of state to get funding for new energy tech. Listen to an interview with Rifkin, and skip the book.
Rifkin's primary thesis is that the previous industrial revolutions occurred when new energy and information technology emerged simultaneously. The 3rd revolution, whose early stages we're in the midst of, is occurring due to the internet and renewable energy, which is lateral, democratic, collaborative, and distributed in nature. The 5 pillars of this revolution are shifting to (1) renewable energy, (2) buildings that act as micro power plants, (3) hydrogen and other energy storage technologies ...more
Liz S
Distributed generation is a fine idea. Almost entirely misses the concept of how big data servers work with his analogy to the internet, uses a lot of poorly-informed math to make his point, and name drops his meetings with EU officials ad nauseaum. The material would have been better suited for pamphlet, but probably was not worthy of a book.
Terrible. This book is riddled with factual errors, misleading statements and incoherent thinking. The structure is as follows: buzzword, blaah blaah blaah, name dropping/rubbing shoulders with important people, blaah blaah, factual mistake, more name dropping, blaah blaah, new buzz word. Rifkin writes a lot of energy production and internet, but has no particular training on either as far as I know. Apparently he sees himself as an "ideas guy" and then actual expertise doesn't somehow matter. O ...more
Samuel Lubell
Other people in the club liked it more than I did. I liked the first third (but even in that part I thought he could have explained the Third Industrial Revolution more. The middle seemed too much boasting about himself and who he met and who he convinced to adopt the TIR. The last section seemed to be random ideas with little to no connection to the TIR. Yes, Green Schools is a good idea but not sure it's really *industrial.*
Jim Angstadt
Five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution, TIR.
1. Shift to renewable energy
2. Micro power plants in homes, business, gov.
3. Store energy using hydrogen and other technologies.
4. Energy-sharing grid.
5. Transition the transport fleet to electric plug-in and fuel-cell.

Why? Because carbon-based fuels contribute to climate change and undesirable consequences.

Progress in Europe. Germany, Monaco, Spain, Netherlands, ...
Develop long-range plans for cities, countries.

Capitalism now requires a conce
Highly aspiration book with some intriguing ideas -- and clear warnings -- about our ecological, economical and social predicament(s).

Some of this stuff clicks for me, and some of the things I was studying and thinking about several years ago.

I need to talk to others about some ideas that I find crucial and imperative and some that I find flawed. Takers?

Greg Linster
I had to put this one down after reading 50 pages. I was expecting the book to continue to build on the ideas set forth in his book The End of Work, but I was disappointed. It seems that Rifkin has totally abandoned the thesis he set forth in The End of Work. Instead, he has shifted his focus to the vogue issue of climate change and green energy.
Ann Alton
I am not an economist, and I have had a lot of difficulty understanding classical economics. After reading this book, i understand why. If you want to know other reasons besides global warming to "go green," he makes a good argument that the economy will demand it. Classic economics, in my limited understanding, seems to assume a linear system with few, if any, external limits. But we live in a cyclical world, and one which has limited resources.

He further goes on to visualize what a world based
The ideas are remarkable and surely technically feasible. Their transformational power though may upset societies that are still in the developing stage while I did not see proposals on how to deal with the reactions of the fossil fuels industries. Since these proposals are being discussed in may countries around the world, why this movement hasn't picked up speed? One more reason for caution is the activities of hackers: in societies that depend so much on networks for everything and given the ...more
Had some salient points. However, he was very grandiose in his thoughts on how the new energy market would change the world, and he didn't offer many details as to the current difficulties. Worth the read for someone new to the subject.
Amber Hyun Jung Kim
Pop economics. Nuff said. Clearly written but the ideas are way too grandiose. Also, i still find myself skeptical of anyone whose job title is "social thinker."
الكتاب مقسم لثلاث أجزاء والجزء الأول هو محاولة تنظير لدعوى المؤلف وهى أنه عند بتزاوج نظام إتصالات مع نظام طاقة فإننا نحصل على ثورة صناعية ومن هنا فنحن على أعتاب ثورة جديدة بتزاوج الإنترنت مع الطاقة المتجدة وفيما يخص الأرقام المذكورة والدعوى أعتقد أنه هناك بعض المبالغة فى بعض الأرقام إضافة إلى انه بعض الأرقام لا تعكس حقيقة ما يمكن فعله ولكن لا يغير ذلك من بداية العالم بالفعل إلى التحول إلى النظام الجديد وإنعكاسات ذلك على شتى مناحى الحياو إقتصاديا، وإجتماعيا وغيرها وأعتقد أن الفصل يحتوى على خبرة ج ...more
J'ai déjà eu l'occasion de le dire, j'ai beaucoup aimé L'âge de l'accès de Jérémy Rifkin et je me suis lancé avec enthousiasme dans la lecture de son nouvel ouvrage, La troisième révolution industrielle. L'auteur développe une vision intéressante sur le lien entre énergie et économie : toute révolution industrielle est avant tout une révolution énergétique, la libération d'une nouvelle énergie (la vapeur, l'électricité, l'énergie renouvelable) est le préalable pour toute phase de croissance. Dès ...more
I first came in contact with Jeremy Rifkin through RSA Animate's "The Empathic Civilization" found here -->

I fell in love. His perspective is one that should be taught in primary schools world wide. The picture he paints for civilization is bleak, quoting the conclusions the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made in their fourth assessment. According to these 2,500 scientists, if we continue on our current energy-obtaining course
Rifkin puts forward one of the most complete holistic views for the development of global society I have come across. He writes from an economic perspective, but seems intimately aware of technological trends, social patterns, and his sustainbility/environmental imformation I can't fault, myself coming form an Environmental Sciences background.

The main theory behind The Third Industrial Revolution is the adoption of an intergrated, laterally distributed 'smart' power grid, owned and run democrat
Paul Roman
The third industrial revolution? (TIR) See my fB page: … The 1st industrial revolution was based on steam power engine, railway infrastructure and factory mass production. The 2nd one was based on oil discovery, combustion engine and automotive infrastructure. The 3rd one, according to Jeremy Rifkin’s book, is now at its beginning and will be based on green renewable sources of energy, energy storage technologies, smart electric grid and probably electri ...more
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La nostra civiltà vive oggi un momento cruciale. L'esplosione demografica ed economica delle nuove economia unita alla scarsità e alla diminuzione delle energie fossili porterà in breve tempo, secondo gli ultimi studi, a un drammatico problema di sostenibilità della cosiddetta società industriale. Jeremy Rifkin intuì questa traiettoria già alcuni anni orsono, e cominciò a studiare un nuovo modello di economia sostenibile. Oggi, dopo la grande crisi economica, le sue analisi
الكتاب مقسم لثلاث أجزاء والجزء الأول هو محاولة تنظير لدعوى المؤلف وهى أنه عند تزاوج نظام إتصالات مع نظام طاقة فإننا نحصل على ثورة صناعية ومن هنا فنحن على أعتاب ثورة جديدة بتزاوج الإنترنت مع الطاقة المتجدة وفيما يخص الأرقام المذكورة والدعوى أعتقد أنه هناك بعض المبالغة فى بعض الأرقام إضافة إلى انه بعض الأرقام لا تعكس حقيقة ما يمكن فعله ولكن لا يغير ذلك من بداية العالم بالفعل إلى التحول إلى النظام الجديد وإنعكاسات ذلك على شتى مناحى الحياة إقتصاديا، وإجتماعيا وغيرها وأعتقد أن الفصل يحتوى على خبرة جي ...more
Annie Oosterwyk
This is a very important book to read if you are concerned about the economy, the environment or the future.
Jeremy Rifkin sets the stage for the next big thing, and it's world-wide. As non-renewable resources run out, we had better be prepared to set up a replacement: localized, renewable and eminently sharable energy. Everyone has a place on the grid, harvesting and passing along their extra energy.
Rifkin is already working with governments in the rest of the world, but our huge oil lobby kee
En tant qu'essai "tout public", je pense que ce livre atteint son but. L'écriture est claire, les thèses bien exposées et l'ensemble bien structuré.
Pour quelqu'un ayant quelques connaissances dans les sujets traités, économiques ou techniques, c'est en revanche assez frustrant. À mon sens, Jeremy Rifkin ne pousse pas la description assez loin dans le détail et surtout, manque parfois (souvent ?) de références, de chiffres ou d'exemples concrets. L'impression laissée est celle d'une description f
Luke Held
What a great book. I share Mr. Rifkin's vision of the future, and it's pretty good. It's pretty easy to get lost in despair, and we've got a LONG way to go, but there are many gears in motion and technology is developing exponentially. We are in for a tumultuous couple of decades, but once we struggle through it I think we'll be in an amazing place.
A lot of interesting stuff. Most interesting - it's a nexus of most of the ideas concerning what to do when/if, and how to prepare for, moving away from, the hydrocarbon economy. I'm not sure if these are ideas Rifkin's original ideas, or if he just brought them together and gave them structure, but either way it is a nice summary and a very useful framework for building the next age.

It is a bit pie-in-the-sky. Nestled amid that framework and some uplifting concrete examples which indicate how i
The only thing he isn't claiming, is that he is installing the solar panels himself. What a bore! And oh, how do I hate the name dropping. Things like "I was talking to Angela (Merkel, but as the good friend I am I can say Angela)" Not recommended at all!
Matthew Bond
I really enjoyed the book, and the overall feel that we need to switch our current consumptive patterns. Though it seems like an uphill battle and not entirely realistic, I would prefer this alternative to our current systems
This is an important book. It sets forth the five pillars of a post-carbon sustainable civilization: renewable energy, solar retrofit for all suitable buildings, development of hydrogen cells and other power-storage tech, electric cars and trucks, and an internet-like intelligent power grid that is fed by all the above on a non-centralized networked basis. Together, these five things can halt the march toward global warming and revitalize the world economy. This is already policy in the EU and c ...more
Great perspective of the future of the world economy

Great perspective of the future of the world economy, and a very good proposal on what we require to do to evolve the problems ahead
Olga Timofeyeva-vogt
Interesting ideas, makes you think of possibilities for sustainable development. Too long however. Author could cut numerous descriptions of seemingly endless governmental meetings.
Large scale systems are fading and distributed ones are taking over.
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“Generations of human beings were transformed into machines in the relentless pursuit of material wealth: We lived to work.” 1 likes
“The five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution are (1) shifting to renewable energy; (2) transforming the building stock of every continent into micro–power plants to collect renewable energies on site; (3) deploying hydrogen and other storage technologies in every building and throughout the infrastructure to store intermittent energies; (4) using Internet technology to transform the power grid of every continent into an energy-sharing intergrid that acts just like the Internet (when millions of buildings are generating a small amount of energy locally, on site, they can sell surplus back to the grid and share electricity with their continental neighbors); and (5) transitioning the transport fleet to electric plug-in and fuel cell vehicles that can buy and sell electricity on a smart, continental, interactive power grid.” 0 likes
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