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Three Strategies For Managing The Economy Of Access

The Internet has shredded vertical value chains, created vast new horizontal value chains, and spawned a generation that prefers access to ownership. To survive in the emerging Economy of Access, firms will need radically different strategies and management.
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Good Forbes article on the "sharing economy" or economy of the commons, based on Rifkin's new book 'The zero marginal cost society'. But lacks, as most writing on this new paradigm, some critical reflections on the social implications of these new trends.

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Are we on the cusp of a third industrial revolution?

Are we on the cusp of a third industrial revolution? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Forum for the Future Has an interesting feature on Jeremy Rifkin's new book on the third industrial revolution. Worth-reading to understand the future that will never happen.

 

Rifkin has two brilliant talents. He is excellent at spotting societal trends and spinning "the future is bright" narratives around them. He is also very good at selling himself as a trusted advisor (see his work for EU Commission chief Barroso). But read his older work, especially the European Dream, and it is clear that Rifkin is no more than a modern version of Dr Pangloss, the tragic-comic character of Voltaire's Candide.

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