Jeremy Rifkin Biography

Jeremy Rifkin is an American social and economic theorist that has discussed the scientific and technological changes that take effect in different sectors such as the economy and addition to the many keynote speeches delivered by Jeremy Rifkin, he has also written several books on the subject matter.

As well as finding success with his written work Jeremy Rifkin is also the principal architect of the Third Industrial Revolution, a sustainability plan endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 that plans to address energy security, global economic crisis and climate change.

The ideas and views of Jeremy Rifkin have travelled as far as China, with Chinese politician Li Keqiang taking the works of Jeremy Rifkin to heart. As such, much of Jeremy Rifkin’s work has become part of the Chinese business culture.

The Early Days of Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin was born in Denver Colorado to Milton and Vivette Ravel Rifkin. Milton was a plastic bag manufacturer while Vivette Was the daughter or Russian Jewish immigrants.

While attending the University of Pennsylvania in 1967, Jeremy Rifkin was made President of the graduation class after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.

The views of Jeremy Rifkin would first be felt during friction between protestors and the pupils that saw violence occur. The very next day, Jeremy Rifkin put together a freedom-of-speech rally before coming a fully active member of the peace movement.

When attending the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Jeremy Rifkin continued with his anti-war activities and joined Volunteers in Service to America, an anti-poverty program that was created a domestic version of the Peace Corps.

Rifkin was responsible for the protest that took place at the 200th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, which saw protestor throw empty oil barrels into the harbour following news that there would be an increase in fuel prices in 1973, despite the OPEC oil embargo.

The Foundation on Economic Trends was created in 1978 with Ted Howard, a social entrepreneur and author. The collective is active in subjects relating to national and international public policy issues and climate change.

Rifkin became of the first critics of surrounding the adoption of biotechnology which he would over in his 1978 publication of “Who Should Play God?” a view he stands by throughout his career.

Jeremy Rifkin in the 1980s

In 1982, Jeremy Rifkin discussed how the concept of entropy was applied to many sectors including solar energy urban decay and education in his 1981 book “Entropy: A New World View.”

During 1989 Jeremy Rifkin joined forces with climate scientists from 35 different nation to create the Global Greenhouse Network.  An assortment of lectures was delivered to those operating in Hollywood that outlined concerns surrounding the entertainment industry and its effect on the environment, which led to several mchanges taking place in the industry.  

Jeremy Rifkin in the 1990s

As well as launching the Beyond Beef Campaign in 1993, which sought a 50% reduction in the consumption of meat due to the methane emissions, Jeremy Rifkin would release another book called “The End of Work.” The book focused heavily on automation technology and corporate downsizing.

Rifkin’s “The End of Work” would be cited be cited by the Economist when there was growing controversy over the automation back in 2011.

Genetic commerce was the focus of Jeremy Rifkin’s 1998 book, “The Biotech Century” in which Rifkin examined the dangers surrounding genetic technologies. Given that the technology could essentially overwrite the natural blueprint, Rifkin argued that such processes are not without their risks.

Jeremy Rifkin in the 2000s

The first book published by Jeremy Rifkin in the 2000s was “The Age of Access” which highlighted the ides that society was moving from ownership of property in markets to access to services in networks.

Another book called “The Hydrogen Economy” was released in 2002. Following the release, Rifkin was present in the US and Europe to highlight the political cause of renewably generated hydrogen. This would lead to the creation off the Green Hydrogen Coalition, which included several political organisations such as Greenpeace.

A further book was released in 2004 entitled “The European Dream.” The book was not only an international best seller, but also received the Corine International Book Prize in Germany.  Recognition foe Rifkin’s written work continued in 2011 with the release of “The Third industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy and the World” which became a New York Times best-seller.

As well as being translated into 19 languages, 500,000 copies of the book would be produced for China alone.

When the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Global Green Growth Institute held the Global Green Summit in 2012, Jeremy Rifkin was invited to make a keynote speech.

Following the release of “The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, The Collaborative Common and the Eclipse of Capitalism” in 2014, Rifkin received an honorary doctorate from Brazzers University in Belgium, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Liege in Belgium.