The keynote speaker at the 6th edition of the World Forum Lille which took place at Lille Grand Palais Convention Centre on 14-16 November was Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation On Economic Trends in Washington DC. He is also author of the best-selling ‘The Third Industrial Revolution’ which has been endorsed by the European Parliament.
A demand for radical change
In his opening speech at the World Forum, Jeremy Rifkin painted a bleak picture of the current energy and climate situation in the world and how in 2006 the peak capacity of oil production had already been reached. In his view the world needs an ‘energy shock’ and a radical rethink of energy use which requires new partnerships between renewables and internet technologies. This is not just theory; the vision is being tested and put into practice in San Antonio, California, Utrecht, Monaco and Rome.
…and soon in Lille
The World Forum Lille was created in 2007 by Réseau Alliances, an international network of companies dedicated to promoting Corporate Social Responsibility. Philippe Vasseur, its President firmly believes Lille and the Nord Pas de Calais region are positioned to be pioneers, not only in France but in the whole of Europe, in this 3rd Industrial Revolution and new economy. He talked about a new strategic plan for the region being drawn up over the coming 9 months.
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Read more about Jeremy Rifkin and the work of his Foundation:www.foet.org