Internationally - Acclaimed Sustainable Development Expert to Deliver 34th Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture

Created 06 Nov, 2009
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Internationally - Acclaimed Sustainable Development Expert to Deliver 34th Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture


The Central Bank of Barbados today announced that Jeremy Rifkin, an advisor to international governments on climate change, energy security and cutting edge technologies, will deliver the 34th Winston Scott Memorial Lecture at the Frank Collymore Hall on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

Named by the National Journal as one of the 50 people in the United States of America who have the most influence in shaping public policy, Rifkin will speak on the topic “The Third Industrial Revolution and a New Social Vision for the 21st Century”.

An advisor to several European governments, Rifkin is particularly known for his lectures and discourses on new trends in science and technology and their impact on the global economy, society and the environment.

He serves, too, as the founder and Chairperson of the Global CEO Roundtable, which comprises 100 CEOs of leading North American and European global corporations that are committed to addressing the challenges of global economic recovery, energy security and climate change.

He, like other proponents of sustainable development, argues that: “We are at a precarious point in history. We are facing the real prospect of an economic meltdown on the scale of the Great Depression. The credit crisis is compounded by the global energy crisis and the climate change crisis, creating a potential cataclysm for civilization. There is a way out: we need to radically overhaul the way we use energy in our society.”

Governor, Dr. DeLisle Worrell, in announcing this year’s lecturer, said that the Bank was happy to have someone of Mr. Rifkin’s stature to continue the distinguished roster of Scott lectures.

“Sustainable development is of interest to all Barbadians because our future quality of life depends on its wide implementation.  Rifkin is a proponent of commercially viable opportunities, which are the ones most likely to succeed.  We should all make a point to attend.”

Rifkin is a provocative presenter who has lectured to senior executives at the Wharton School of Business, at hundreds of the world’s leading corporations, and at more than 200 universities in some 30 countries in the past 30 years.

The President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, (a non-profit organization whose mission is to examine emerging trends in science and technology, and their impacts on the environment, the economy, culture, and society), this sustainable development expert has authored 17 bestselling books that have been translated into more than 30 languages.

He holds a degree in Economics from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

The Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture is held every November in honour of the country’s first native Governor General and in celebration of the country’s Independence.


November 6, 2009


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