Jeremy Rifkin encourages Catalonia to lead the third industrial revolution
DIPLOCAT – The notable American sociologist and economist gave a talk yesterday evening in front of 800 people
“The third industrial revolution is the opportunity to create an economic model which is collaborative, sustainable and smart. Don’t worry about Trump, focus on Catalonia and show the world what a strong region like yours can do.” Jeremy Rifkinencouraged that way the policymakers who listened to him last night to lead a revolution he considers both necessary and inevitable. If things get done properly, the revolution may be accomplished within thirty years. The technology and the resources are there, so now it is awareness and political will that is needed, according to Rifkin.
In an Auditorium of Sant Cugat packed with 800 people, the American sociologist and economist talked about “A new economic paradigm for a sustainable Catalonia.” According to him, the new economy will be based on the “internet of things” and the sharing principle, it will be more sustainable than the present and thus, indirectly, help to combat climate change.
During the closing ceremony, the president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, thanked Rifkin for his words and told him that Catalonia is immersed now in a “double transition”, which will take the country towards becoming an independent State, but one that is more sustainable too. Oriol Junqueras, Vice President and Minister of Economy and Finance of the Government, recalled during the conference opening the innovative character of Catalonia and its traditional leading position regarding historical changes.
Also at the closing session, Albert Royo, Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT), said that the Council has invited Rifkin as he is one of the world’s greatest experts in the field of green economy and sustainability and that his contributions are of great interest at a time like the present, where “the future of Catalonia” has to be defined.
The event was organized by DIPLOCAT together with the City and the Provincial Council of Barcelona. Mercè Conesa, president of the Barcelona Provincial Council and mayoress of Sant Cugat, highlighted the role and the commitment of Catalonia’s local authorities in the world of changes described by Rifkin.
Rifkin’s lecture was followed by a debate with Ferran Rodés and Sergi Ferrer-Salat, two Catalan entrepreneurs, moderated by meteorologist Tomàs Molina, who is also president of the Catalan Council for Scientific Communication.
Programme (in Catalan)