Jeremy Rifkin, Leading Global Expert on Sustainable Business, to be Midday Keynote at Summit

"Green Business Leading the Third Industrial Revolution"
to be Addressed by Wharton Alum Jeremy Rifkin,
Advisor to Top Corporations & Governments,
Author, Speaker, Visionary

We are fortunate to have as our midday Summit keynote, Jeremy Rifkin. He is founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends in Bethesda, MD and the author of 17 bestselling books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, society, and the environment. He currently advises global corporations, as well as the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU heads of state

He will discuss "Green Business Leading the Third Industrial Revolution:"

We are on the cusp of a Third Industrial Revolution that could give us an open door to a new post-fossil fuel era.

  •  It was the first Industrial Revolution that brought together print and literacy with coal, steam and rail.
  •  The second combined the telegraph and telephone with the internal combustion engine and oil.
  •  What we now have is the possibility of a distributed energy revolution. We can all create our own energy, store it, and then distribute it to each other. Twenty-five years from now, millions of buildings will become power plants that will load renewable energy. We will load solar power from the sun, wind from turbines and even ocean waves on each coast. We can also make the power grid of the world smart and intelligent; calling it inter-grid. Not long from now, millions and millions of people will load power to buildings, store it in the form of hydrogen, and distribute energy peer-to-peer; much like digital media and the Internet.

“The Third Industrial Revolution" is an economic game plan. We have the science and technology to do it but it will mean nothing unless there is a change in will, and savvy business executives and entrepreneurs in Green Businesses can help lead the way and profit from doing so.

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Here's more about Jeremy Rifkin, and it underscores why we are so delighted that he will be able to join us on November 12:

Mr. Rifkin’s Sustainable Development Team advises governments and global corporations on the latest in cutting-edge technologies and best practices designed to address the twin challenges of climate change and energy security. The Sustainable Development Team recently contracted with The Conference Board, the world’s preeminent association of global companies, to conduct a series of immersion learning programs on sustainability for managers. The two-day intensive executive education seminars are designed to introduce senior executives to the vast commercial opportunities in the emerging field of sustainable development.

Mr. Rifkin has been influential in shaping public policy in the United States and around the world. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and has had consistent success in litigation to ensure responsible government policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology related issues.

He has been a frequent guest on numerous television programs, including Face the Nation, The Lehrer News Hour, 20/20, Larry King Live, Today, and Good Morning America. The National Journal named Rifkin as one of 150 people in the U.S. that have the most influence in shaping federal government policy.

Mr. Rifkin has been a fellow at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program since 1994, where he lectures to CEOs and senior corporate management from around the world on new trends in science and technology and their impacts on the global economy, society and the environment.

Mr. Rifkin's monthly column on global issues appears in many of the world's leading newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times in the U.S., The Guardian in the U.K., Die Süddeutsche Zeitung and Handelsblatt in Germany, Le Soir and Knack in Belgium, L'Espresso in Italy, El Mundo and El País in Spain, Kathimerini in Greece, Informatíon in Denmark, De Volkskrant in the Netherlands, Hospodárské Noviny in the Czech Republic, Wort in Luxembourg, Eesti Päevaleht in Estonia, Trud in Bulgaria, Clarín in Argentina, and Al-Ittihad in the U.A.E.

Mr. Rifkin holds a degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He speaks frequently before government, business, labor and civic forums. He has lectured at hundreds of the world’s leading corporations as well as more than 200 universities in some 30 countries in the past 30 years.

Mr. Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends ( in Bethesda, MD. The Foundation examines the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of new technologies introduced into the global economy.

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