Terry Waghorn interviewed Jeremy Rifkin about his book The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and World (September 2011). Rifkin is President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of 19 books. Rifkin describes how he sees the current Industrial Revolution drawing to a close and why and how people should work to shape the next one. The interview includes descriptions of Rifkin's read of history that generated great economic revolutions resulting from two independent phenomena coming together. He expects the convergence of energy and communication developments to yield to lateral power in ways that change the economy and the way we live around the world. This is an easy read for general readers interested in how economic trends could change our lives.