Monday 28 April 2014

Jeremy Rifkin and the Collaborative Commons

On Radio 4 today:

The Future of Capitalism

Anne McElvoy talks to the social theorist Jeremy Rifkin who foresees the gradual decline of capitalism and the rise of a collaborative economy. As new technology enables greater sharing of goods and services, Rifkin argues that it provides a challenge to the market economy. The sociologist Saskia Sassen warns that the majority of people may not enjoy the fruits of this new world as increasing inequality, land evictions and complex financial systems lead to their expulsion from the economy. The Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng looks back at the history of international finance and how gold and war have shaped the economic order of today.
Producer: Katy Hickman.  SHOW LESS
  • Jeremy Rifkin
    Jeremy Rifkin is an author, an adviser to the European Union and to heads of state around the world and President of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC.

    The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, The Collaborative Commons, and The Eclipse of Capitalism is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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Jeremy Rifkin "The Zero Marginal Cost Society" - YouTube

The Zero Marginal Cost Society
The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism: Amazon.co.uk: Jeremy Rifkin: Books

> Zero Marginal Cost: it costs nothing to produce more of a good - but you can't make a profit... unless you have monopolies...
Is capitalism driving itself out of business? - Fortune Management

> The Information of Things: as prosumers, producing your own stuff - whether publishing or music-making: using new transport and logistics systems.
Understanding IoT: The Internet of Things explained - Cloud Tech News

> The Energy Internet: making your own energy and selling it on the grid.
Three coalitions that could catalyze the Third Industrial Revolution. - Project Syndicate
Smart Grid Solutions - An Energy Internet

In Germany: 25% of the population have their own geothermal heat pumps, wind-turbines, solar-panels - through individual households and community enterprises.
Renewable energy debate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Germany in transition | Down To Earth
Germany and Energy Issues | The Energy Collective

> The Collaborative Commons: between private enterprise and the state: goods and services provided by the social economy/civil society: non-profit educational/sports/environmental organisations and economic activity.
Collaborative Consumption | Sharing reinvented through technology. Watch Rachel's TED Talk
Sharing economy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For every car which is shared, 15 new cars are not purchased.
The future of driving: Seeing the back of the car | The Economist
ACCESS: the Magazine of UCTC
Collaborative Fund

See also:
Futures Forum: Resilience: "building a world of resilient communities"
Futures Forum: The Circular Economy
Futures Forum: Building resilience in local communities and economies: the Transition Town movement today
Futures Forum: Steady-state economy... Post-growth economy
Futures Forum: “Energiewende” – energy transformation... reducing dependence on fossil fuels and changing the role of the large traditional utilities.


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