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Inspire Speakers Series and p4 Pittsburgh Present: Envisioning a Sustainable, Collaborative and Inclusive Economy, with Jeremy Rifkin and Bill Generett

December 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Our current economic model is obsolete and inadequate at serving the needs of our communities, citizens, the environment and future generations. This model, based on availability of cheap fossil fuels, is ready to be replaced by a new and resilient model built on connectedness, collaboration, innovation and empathy. This Third Industrial Revolution will integrate the power and prevalence of the internet with twenty-first century renewable energy technologies, while ensuring inclusion, diversity and opportunity for all of our citizens. Mr. Rifkin will present his vision and perspective on the future of the global economy, while Mr. Generett will discuss how the Pittsburgh region can bridge the gap between the soaring innovation economy and struggling communities.





More About Our Speakers:

Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of twenty-one books on the impacts of scientific and technological changes on the economy, workforce, society, and environment.

Mr. Rifkin’s vision of a sustainable, post-carbon economic era has been endorsed by the European Union and the United Nations and embraced by world leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President François Hollande of France, and Premier Li Keqiang of China. He currently advises the European Union, European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU and Asian heads of state. Mr. Rifkin is the principal architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution (TIR) long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change.

If we are to put people back to work, curtail climate change, and save civilization from ruin, we will need a compelling new economic vision for the world and a pragmatic game plan to implement it. — Jeremy Rifkin, “The Third Industrial Revolution”

Jeremy Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group LLC, and founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends (www.foet.org) in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Check out Mr. Rifkin’s TED Talk.

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Bill Generett

Bill Generett is the inaugural President and CEO of Urban Innovation21, a regional public-private economic development partnership that links successful innovation economy clusters with the needs and assets of inner city communities to produce local, living and sustainable economies. Urban Innovation21 was one of the first US based nonprofit organizations to work under the “Inclusive Innovation” model.  Under his leadership, Urban Innovation21 has been recognized nationally for its work to connect underserved communities and their residents to the greater Pittsburgh region’s most successful innovation ecosystems.

A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Generett has served as an entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, corporate executive, attorney, teacher and consultant. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College.


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4:30-5:30 — Food, Drinks and Networking
5:30-6:30–Lectures by Jeremy Rifkin and Bill Generett
6:30-7:00–Question and Answer Session



*Learn what would compose a sustainable economy.

*Explore what factors can contribute to our next industrial revolution.

*Understand what role advanced energy technologies and the internet will play in the Third Industrial Revolution.


Child Care During the Lecture (New this season!)

We are thrilled to be offering mindful and engaging supervision for children ages 5 and up in partnership with the Environmental Charter School! There is no charge for this service for up to two children per attendee, but space is limited. We will also provide children with dinner in addition to learning activities. If you are interested in this option, please email Andrew Ellsworth with your child’s name and age after registering yourself.


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This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and 1.5 AIA HSW hours.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits. Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events). Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


Presenting Partners:


PrintWe are pleased to announce that Green Building Alliance and The Heinz Endowments are partnering to bring this year’s lineup of exceptional speakers as a collaboration between Inspire Speakers Series and p4 Pittsburgh (People, Planet, Place and Performance). The two initiatives have the shared goal of bringing big thinkers to Pittsburgh to help us aspire to higher levels of performance for our businesses, communities, economy, and future growth. We look forward to having this season’s speakers open our minds to collaboration, innovation, and challenging the status quo.


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December 10
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Jenna Cramer


Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center
1825 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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