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The industrial revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiraling into a dangerous endgame: the prices of energy and food are climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing market has tanked, consumer and government debt are soaring, and the recovery is slowing. Facing the prospect of a second collapse of the global economy, humanity is desperate for a susta ...more
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Published December 12th 2011 by Tantor Media (first published October 13th 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
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Lulu
Mar 21, 2012 Lulu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Matt
Jan 21, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2012 Liz S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jani-Petri
Jul 23, 2013 Jani-Petri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Duy
Jul 12, 2016 Duy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Một cuốn sách khá được về tương lai nhân loại, không phải một tương lai viễn tưởng xa rời như nhiều cuốn sách khác mà là một tương lai đã bắt đầu khởi động và thành hình.
Hai cuộc cách mạng trước đây của con người phụ thuộc vào những nguồn nhiên liệu hóa thạch có hạn như than đá và dầu mỏ. Việc khai thác và sử dụng những nguồn này, một mặt đã khiến loài người tiến bộ với tốc độ chưa từng có và sống một cuộc sống chưa bao giờ tốt đẹp hơn, nhưng cũng mang lại nhiều vấn đề quá lớn như chiến tranh, ô
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Josh
Oct 02, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was probably the most frightening nonfiction book I have read in recent times, and definitely one of the most intellectually provocative works I've read since school. It isn't written for economics students, but for any layman who wants to get an idea of what's going on in the current financial world.

Rifkin paints a detailed and increasingly glum picture of the current world economic system, how it is buoyed by the petrochemical industry and fossil fuels, and how all of this has already re
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Dom
Sep 13, 2015 Dom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A veritable Avatar manifesto.

5 pillars of TIR + biosphere consciousness. Access > Ownership. Avatar manifesto. ADHD manifested. Biomimicry. Centralized vs. distributed renewables. Child + environment = Finnish education system. Create social capital to thrive. Deep play as emphatic engagement. Distributed capitalism. Elite energies for (un)lucky slackers. Emerging collaborative age. ESCOs. Etsy and emphatic consciousness. From geo- to biosphere politics. From globalization to continentalizat
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Ivan
Jul 19, 2015 Ivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! This book had a great bang per minute factor. Probably in part because this was the first one I rushed through at X3 speed in audible :)
Probably the best book this year. Easy read, lots of examples to google / cross check against. A lot of stories. All of that encompassing a vision of something bigger everyone can become a part of. And that's not fantasy, not sci-fi book, most of the examples are already real and implemented!

* 5 pillars of TIR (3rd industrial revolution):
1) Shifting
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Samuel Lubell
May 04, 2012 Samuel Lubell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Aug 03, 2014 Jim Angstadt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Deb
Apr 28, 2012 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2012 Greg Linster rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partially-read
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
May 27, 2014 Ann Alton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andy Crooks
Don’t waste time, save your time and read the introduction. More than most, it is all there. Maybe because the content is so shallow. He proposes a game plan in for our economy and society that is breath taking in its comprehensive arrogance. He loves big government and the best example of that phenomenon is the EU in Brussels. They are sensitive; believe in man caused climate change that can be reversed with the right policies. It is a Utopian essay awhirl. All lower needs are going to be met w ...more
Spilios
Jan 08, 2015 Spilios rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dan
Jan 23, 2012 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
Hazem
Jun 19, 2015 Hazem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
un livre très instructif sur la troisième révolution industrielle. Je le recommande fortement.
Samy
Sep 03, 2014 Samy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jaybekay
Wrting: 2 stars
Topic: 4 stars
Rationale: 3 stars

Me for finishing this: 5 stars

Okay, so after almost a year I finally managed to read Mr. Rifkin's book. And as others already mentioned it, this book is quiet boring. That's the reason why I put it down some time ago, because it takes a lot of commitment and rapture to read more than two pages without getting bored. This is the big black mark of this book, its writing.
It is not only wordy/verbose but it also strikes you that he often writes about "h
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Vincent
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
Zachary
Dec 05, 2013 Zachary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first came in contact with Jeremy Rifkin through RSA Animate's "The Empathic Civilization" found here --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnf...

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
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David
Jun 12, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: environmental
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
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Paul Roman
The third industrial revolution? (TIR) See my fB page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Ro... … 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
Greening USiena
(da La Feltrinelli.it)
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
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Ahmed Salem
Jun 07, 2016 Ahmed Salem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذا عالم أريد أن أعيش فيه
دائما كنت أظن ان من يتحكمون في مصير البشرية يفعلون ذلك عن طريق الطاقة و المعلومات

يؤكد جيرمي ريكفلين هذه الفكرة لي و يشرح كيف يمكن بناء مجتمع لا تتحكم فيه تايكونات الطاقة التقليدية من وقود احفوري و كيف يتقاطع هذا مع تقدمه الانترنت من حرية تداول معلومات بشكل غير مسبوق. هذا بالاضافة الى فكرة الأسواق التشاركية بين المنتج و المستهلك و كيف ان لهذا تأثير ايجابي على المدى البعيد بالنسبة للبشرية

أريد ان اعيش في هذا العالم ... أو على الأقل، أن أخلقه لأولادي و أحفادي
Samy
Jul 21, 2014 Samy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elayabharath
My notes

1. Every building a mini power plant, contributing to a connected grid + storage would be the way to go to solve energy crisis (like the internet is for information)
2. A lot of renewable energy potential is not being untapped, mainly because there is no urge to change.
3. When you write a book, never include your meeting notes.
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