Author, futurist and economist Jeremy Rifkin describes society’s march toward a “collective commons,” featuring an economy based on sharing, cooperation, social experience and broad empathy. He weaves history, economics, psychology and science into a cohesive, compelling vision of a radically different but desirable future. Most of his predictions span the next 30 to 50 years, but many of today’s broad social movements are accelerating so rapidly that things could happen more quickly. Rifkin’s central theme is that the world is changing for the better because, even though capitalism created today’s abundance, peoples’ attitudes are shifting to collaboration, sharing and conservation. A more hardened realist might expect humanity’s inexorable decline into oblivion within the century, but those seeking an alternative future will appreciate Rifkin’s hopefulness.
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Renowned thinker, futurist and author of more than 20 books, Jeremy Rifkin lectures at the Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and advises governments worldwide.
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4 years agoInteresting concept. Presumably new products and services will emerge as consumer habits evolve and the old structures become eclipsed by resource-sharing.and collaboration.