“A New Economic Paradigm for a Sustainable Catalonia”, Conference by Jeremy Rifkin
Mr. Rifkin will be in Catalonia on September 21rst to debate about the energy model that we want for the new Catalan state. Carles Puigdemont (President of the Catalan Government), Raül Romeva (Minister of Foreign Affairs), and Mercè Conesa (Mayoress of Sant Cugat del Vallès) will attend the conference
The conference and debate “A New Economic Paradigm for a Sustainable Catalonia”, by the renowned economist and sociologist Jeremy Rifkin, will be held on September 21rst in an event organised by the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT) together with the Diputació de Barcelona and the City Council of Sant Cugat del Vallès.
Jeremy Rifkin (1943, Denver, Colorado) is the bestselling author of twenty books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the society, and the environment. Rifkin, who has advised governments around the world, predicts an economic paradigm shift as a result of two merging factors: Internet technology and renewable energies, which will create a powerful Third Industrial Revolution where people will produce their own green energy and will share it in a sort of “Energy Internet”, in the same way we share information today.
In this new post-carbon era, where everyone can produce his/her energy and goods (using 3D printing), manufacturing and marketing costs will dramatically drop thanks to Internet, and energy efficiency will increase. This will favour the flourishing of small and medium-sized enterprises, but global companies will not disappear: they will turn into “aggregators”, and their task will be to coordinate and manage the multiple small networks that move commerce.
This conference is a great opportunity to trigger the debate about the energy model that we want for the new Catalan state. Catalonia, a country with a powerful net of small and medium-sized enterprises, a good telecommunications infrastructure, and a tendency to cooperativeness, creativity and innovation, has all the necessary conditions to advance, in the following decades, towards the economic paradigm shift defended by Rifkin.
The theory of the Third Industrial Revolution has been formally endorsed by the European Parliament and the United Nations, and by international leaders such as the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, the President of France François Hollande, and the former Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang.
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