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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism Admirable in its scopewhat makes The Zero Marginal Cost Society worth reading is its audacity, its willingness to weave a vast string of developments into a heartening narrative of what our economic future may hold for the generations to come You can call it naive, but it s muchthan that It s hopeful FortuneA thought provoking read that pushes some of the most important new technologies to their logicaland sometimes scaryconclusionsThe value of this book doesn t lie in the accuracy of its specific forecasts, but rather in the extrapolations of current trends that enable Rifkin to reach them If Rifkin s predictions have value it is in bringing home the extent of the technologically induced upheaval that may lie ahead How we deal with the consequences is up to us A grand unifying theory of Rifkin s thinking over four decades The Financial Times An illuminating new bookRifkin is very good on the historical origins of the giant, vertically integrated organizations that dominated theCentury economy He makes a powerful case that from a longer term perspective, it is these giant hierarchies that are the anomalies of economic history The shredding of vertical value chains, the creation of vast new horizontal value chains, and the social change of people preferring access to ownershipbring massive economic and social changes to business and society, the implications of which are only beginning to be glimpsed For Rifkin, the shifts are positive and huge ForbesJeremy Rifkin offers an ambitious and optimistic image of how a commons based, collaborative model of the economy could displace industrial capitalism when the economic and social practices of the Internet are extended to energy, logistics, and material fabrication Even skeptical readers, concerned with the ubiquitous surveillance and exquisite social control that these same technologies enable, should find the vision exhilarating and its exposition thought provoking Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law SchoolThis breathtaking book connects some of today s most compelling technology driven trends into a five hundred year spiral from commons to capitalism and back Rifkin has produced an intellectual joyride that takes us to the threshold of a new economic order Kevin Werbach, the Wharton SchoolThe Zero Marginal Cost Society confirms Jeremy Rifkin as the peerless visionary of technological trends The future arrives only to fill in the sketches that Rifkin so ably draws I highly recommend this book as a cure for those who are perplexed about the future of technology Calestous Juma, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard UniversityIn his latest work, Jeremy Rifkin turns his gaze on the world in which almost everything has a marginal cost approaching zero, asking what the implications are for our economy and the environment Rifkin s radical conclusions foretelling the eclipse of our current economic system and the rise of the collaboratists will make this one of the most discussed books of the year James Boyle, the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Duke Law SchoolJeremy Rifkin takes us on a whirlwind tour of our past and future, making the undeniable case for our growing, global collaborative destiny I dare you to read this book and not rethink your future Lisa Gansky, author of The Mesh Why the Future of Business is SharingA comprehensive exploration of the implications of anyone being able to make anything Neil Gershenfeld, Director, MIT Center for Bits and AtomsAn amazing workThis insightful, surprising, and practical book helps us understand how the emerging Internet of Things is driving extreme productivity, the rush to a near zero marginal cost society, and the rise of a new economic paradigm Rifkin solves the puzzle of what companies, nonprofit organizations, and governments need to do to reposition themselves on the new Collaborative Commons The book is a must read for every citizen and decision maker Jerry Wind, the Wharton SchoolFree market traditionalists have trouble recognizing that the future of governance and economics lies with the Commons a world of collaboration, sharing, ecological concern and human connection Jeremy Rifkin deftly describes the powerful forces that are driving this new paradigm and transforming our personal lives and the economy A highly readable account of the next big turn of the wheel David Bollier, author of Think Like a Commoner A Short Introduction to the Life of the CommonsBrilliantly tackledRifkin describes how the dramatic lowering of transaction, communication, and coordination costs allow the global scaling of small group dynamics, fundamentally changing the choices that humanity can make for its social organization Read it, rejoice, and take action to build the new world in which the market and the state are not destroying the commons, but aligned with it Michel Bauwens, Founder, PP FoundationJeremy Rifkin has always been ahead of the curve In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Rifkin takes us on a journey to the future, beyond consumerism to prosumers who produce what they consume and share what they have on a Collaborative Commons, a contemporary expression of Gandhi s Swadeshi His down to earth vision of democratizing innovation and creativity on a global scale, for the wellbeing of all, is inspiring and, equally important, doable Vandana Shiva, Environmental Activist and recipient of the Right Livelihood AwardJeremy Rifkin, one of the most popular social thinkers of our time, is the bestselling author of numerous books, including The Third Industrial Revolution,The Empathic Civilization,The European Dream,The Age of Access,The Hydrogen Economy,The Biotech Century, and The End of Work His books have been translated intothan thirtyfive languages Rifkin is an advisor to the European Union and to heads of state around the world He is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School s executive education program at the University of Pennsylvania and the president of the Foundation on Economic Trends

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