Praise

 

“In his latest work, Jeremy Rifkin turns his gaze on the world in which almost everything has a marginal cost approaching zero. His 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 School

 

“Jeremy Rifkin makes 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 Sharing

 

"A comprehensive exploration of the implications of anyone being able to make anything"—Neil Gershenfeld, Director, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms

 

“An amazing work…This 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 School

 

“Free-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 Commons

 

"Brilliantly tackled…Rifkin 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, P2P Foundation

 

"Jeremy 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 Award

 

"If you want to understand why we are in the midst of a massive paradigm shift from an age of top-down, centralized institutions to a world of distributed and collaborative power, I would highly recommend reading Jeremy Rifkin's new book. He clearly joins the dots on how the likes of 3D printing, crowdfunding, and online education platforms are all connected and describes the disruptions that lie just around the corner for most sectors."—Rachel Botsman, author of What's Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption Is Changing The Way We Live

 

“Jeremy Rifkin understands that it's people and communities who are at the heart of the new economic paradigm. People all over the world are building the collaborative economy and Rifkin's thoughtful analysis further illustrates that this is an idea whose time has come.”—Natalie Foster, Executive Director of peers.org