Digital Leadership: An interview with Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends

"A new convergence of communication technology and energy is giving rise to a Third Industrial Revolution."

Capgemini Consulting: Can you explain the concept of the third industrial revolution?

Jeremy Rifkin: We’re in the first stage of a paradigm shift that is reshaping not only the economy, but also society at large, and even how we think and perceive our world. The great economic and social revolutions in history occur when two things happen. The first is the emergence of a new energy regime that opens the path to a more complex civilization: the new energy flows can bring more people together, integrate bigger commercial and social units, etc. To emerge successfully, this new paradigm requires a communications revolution powerful enough to manage the new energy regime. The first and second industrial revolutions help us to understand this phenomenon...

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