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The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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أحمد فريد
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2011 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.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Liz S
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Kamil Salamah
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book of such magnitude; covering the human condition from all aspects to paint the vision of the coming future: the next leap in mankind's evolution bringing it closer to its inherent design, long lost in the hustle of the myths of materialism.

The author beautifully puts together what constitutes the essential 5 pillars to leapfrog to the already evolving 3rd phase of our evolution; the third industrial revolution. This is one giant leap bringing with it more freedoms long pursued. The 2nd in
Samuel Lubell
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.*
Greg Linster
Jul 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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?

Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
un livre très instructif sur la troisième révolution industrielle. Je le recommande fortement.
Amber Hyun Jung Kim
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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."
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro hace una descripción completa sobre el paradigma energético-comunicativo del siglo XXI, las energías renovables generadas de manera distribuida e interconectadas a través de redes inteligentes.

Como siempre en cada uno de sus libros trae conceptos de los otros que el autor ha escrito lo que permite encontrarle el sentido a su obra que refleja una visión interesantes y profética sobre como será el mundo en unos pocos años más.

Este es el cuarto libro del autor que leo y lo hago mas allá
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author outlines a future that is quickly coming true where energy generation will be distributed and the people will gain power (literally and figuratively). This will reduce reliance on large fossil fuel companies and increase independence and possibly redistribute wealth. People will move closer together (i.e. cities) and work more as an efficient community. Buildings will be more energy-efficient. The internet has helped to promoted this. He uses lots of buzz words. The book more outlines a f ...more
Maria Vassalou
Consumers will have little difficulty adapting to the new age of better products, swiftly delivered. Governments, however, may find it harder. Their instinct is to protect industries and companies that already exist, not the upstarts that would destroy them. As the revolution rages, governments should stick to the basics: better schools for a skilled workforce, clear rules and a level playing field for enterprises of all kinds.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Oh man is this book boring! Just watch the TED Talk. Summary: we need to create a grid system like the internet that can help us wean off of oil and use solar/electric energy. Each chapter talks about how he talked to big shots in europe to do it and how he helped certain american cities do it, etc. Seriously, skip this book, but definitely let's get this guy to help us all spark the third industrial revolution.
Joao Vargas
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really good book that clearly explains what's the future of the planet if we keep on using hard energy and provides alternative ways based on green energy and IT. Well written, it never gets bored and it's understandable without specialized knowledge on the topic. Should be a mandatory reading if we want to avoid the destruction of planet Earth.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The prose is often cold, but a very illuminating read on the future of energy and the urgency with which governments and populations need to be moving towards something sustainable.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Worth reading, and then flesh out the multiple ideas by going in detail to other sources.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 12, 2016 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
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Paul Roman
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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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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
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2014 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
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“We have come to discover what we suspect is a new political mindset emerging among a younger generation of political leaders socialized on Internet communications. Their politics are less about right versus left and more about centralized and authoritarian versus distributed and collaborative.” 4 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.” 2 likes
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