Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of twenty books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. He is most well-known for his bestselling book „The End of Work“ in which he predicted the devastating effects automation will have on the working world. In 2014, he published „The Zero Marginal Cost Society“. Rifkin advises many national and international government bodies.
Theresa Kalmer is the spokesperson for the German “Green Youth” – the youth organization of the Green Party. She studies Philosophy and Politcal Science at the Martin Luther Universität in Halle. She actively campaigns for a socio-ecological transformation and focuses on the global repercussions of German and European politics.
American sociologist and professor George Ritzer became well-known internationally for his work on globalization and consumerism and his concept of “McDonaldization”. Ritzer is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Lauren Anderson is Chief Knowledge Officer of the Collaborative Lab, a think tank promoting sharing. At www.collaborativeconsumption.com she collects news about this topic from over 30 countries.
Maximilian Stern is a Fellow of the Mercator Foundation’s Fellowship on International Affairs. Currently living in San Francisco where he works at the Swissnex office, Maximilian is co-founder of foraus – The Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy, the only Swiss Think-Tank on foreign affairs. He is currently a board Member of the Jean Monnet Foundation and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Harold James is a renowned historian, specializing in the history of Germany and European economic history. He has written extensively on the economic implications of globalization, examining contemporary issues associated with globalization in the contect of larger economic trends. James is a Professor of History at Princeton University as well as a Professor of International Affairs at the University’s Woodrow Wilson School.
Carl-Georg Luft studied Economic sciences with a fiscal focus at the Universities of Francfort, Copenhagen, London, Bejing and St Andrews. He is the General Secretary of the Liberal Democrats at the oldest Scottish university, St Andrews and was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of Denmark.
Harriet Bulkeley is Professor at the Department of Geography, Durham University, whose research focuses on the nature and politics of environmental governance, with particular interest in climate change, energy and urban sustainability. Her recent books include “Governing Climate Change” (Routledge), “Cities and Low Carbon Transitions” (Routledge), “Governing the Climate” (CUP) and “Transnational Climate Change Governance” (forthcoming). She provides advice and consultancy for a range of organisations, including the DECC, the World Bank, Friends of the Earth, and UN-Habitat.
The French economist came to fame with his book „Capital in the Twenty-First Century“ (Belknap Press, 2014) in which he focuses on wealth and income inequality. Nobel laureates Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz called the book "the most important economics book of the year — and maybe of the decade“. Piketty is professor (directeur d’études) at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and professor at the Paris School of Economics.
Barry Eichengreen is a U.S. economist who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. He has done research and published widely on the history and current operation of the international monetary and financial system. Lately he published “Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System” (Oxford University Press).