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Don Tapscott
Don Tapscott is Adjunct Professor of Management at the Rotman School of Management and co-author, with son Alex Tapscott, of Blockchain Revolution (published May 10).

Entries by Don Tapscott

Here's Why Blockchains Will Change the World

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 6:38 PM

This post was co-written by Don and Alex Tapscott.


The Bitcoin technology creates the World Wide Ledger of value.

As early as 1981, inventors were attempting to solve the Internet's problems of privacy, security, and inclusion with cryptography. No matter how they reengineered...

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Five Myths About the Blockchain Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 10:25 AM


Blockchain technology is the most important invention in computing in a generation because, for the first time in human history, we have at our disposal a truly native digital medium for peer-to-peer value exchange. Blockchain, a vast global platform based on a distributed...

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Tek Savvy: How Blockchains Could Transform Management

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 3:33 PM


Re-architecting the firm with blockchain: Is Craig Wright really Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of Bitcoin? Who knows -- and really, who cares? The bigger issue is blockchains, the distributed ledgers that underpin cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

Blockchain technology has so many uses that trying to summarize...

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How Will Blockchain Change Banking? How Won't It?

(5) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 8:02 PM

Editor's Note: This article was first published in American Banker, and is an adapted excerpt from the Tapscott's recently released book 'Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World.'

Our global financial system moves trillions of dollars, serves billions of...

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Blockchain is a Disruption We Simply Have to Embrace

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 3:29 PM

By Alex Tapscott with Don Tapscott, co-authors, Blockchain Revolution

The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the financial services industry and the world of business has arrived. Not peer-to-peer lending, artificial intelligence, big data, robo-advisors or Apple Pay -- I'm talking about the blockchain, the technology...

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How the Tech Behind Bitcoin Will Change Your Life

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 3:18 PM

Co-authored by Alex Tapscott

It appears that once again, the technological genie has been unleashed from its bottle. Summoned by an unknown person or persons at an uncertain time in history, the genie is now at our service for another kick at the can -- to transform the economic power...

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Governing the Climate? States Can't Solve the Problem of Climate Change. It's Time for a New Strategy.

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 9:15 AM


It's the first week of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21). A defiant and resilient Paris, France - still under security lockdown following the horrific November 13 terrorist attacks - is proceeding as planned and hosting the leaders of 150 nations, along...

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Could Justin Trudeau's Victory Foreshadow the Demise of Attack Advertising?

(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 9:04 AM

On November 4, Justin Trudeau, who won a landslide victory in the recent Canadian election will select his cabinet. His new cabinet is said to be the most diverse in Canadian history and he already shown sighs of institution a new culture of transparency and multi-partisan cooperation in Ottawa. His...

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These Are the Defining Issues of the 2015 Federal Election

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 5:06 PM

I believe Canada needs a responsive, open and strong government that provides leadership for our transition to an innovation economy and a digital age. This is not a time for tinkering but a time of great change. To me, the defining issues of this election are clear.

1. I believe...

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Why My Kids Are My 'Reverse Mentors'

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 2:39 PM

Pictured above: Nicole Tapscott, Michael Furdyk, Friend, Don Tapscott, 1996.

In the mid-1990s, I began studying the behaviors of kids when I noticed how my 10-year-old daughter was effortlessly able to use sophisticated technologies. At first, I thought, "She's a prodigy!!!" but then I noticed all her...

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What Netflix's Extended Parental Leave Policy Really Means for Millennial Workers

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 1:23 PM

It's great to hear that Netflix is offering employees up to one year of paid parental leave. This is a big move forward in one of the only countries on Earth that does not guarantee parents leave with pay to care for a new baby.

But as an employer,...

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Great Leaders Don't Have Followers: They Collaborate

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 1:37 PM

I was asked recently about my leadership style and what makes a great leader. As Peter Drucker said years ago, stable times require excellence and good management. As we transition to a new age, our organizations need more; they need leadership. So managers shouldn't just manage. Today they need to...

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5 New Crises of Democratic Capitalism: Ideas on Solutions, Anyone?

(52) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:38 PM

It's now been almost four years since the Occupy Wall Street movement began. There has been much discussion of the so-called crisis of capitalism. But comparing today's situation with previous tough and volatile times, is there really a crisis?

After all, the 2008 recession has been tough, but nothing like...

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Why I'm Joining the World Economic Forum

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 5:38 PM

I've just accepted an important role as a senior advisor to the World Economic Forum. I'm helping the Forum in the development of its Global Agenda Platform, which is seeking to build communities of NGOs, academics, governments and business leaders around critical issues facing humanity.

I've attended the...

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What's the Next-Generation Internet? Surprise: It's All About the Blockchain!

(7) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 6:25 PM


Co-authored with Alex Tapscott

Yes, the digital revolution has brought countless wonders. The Internet, the World Wide Web, social media, mobile computing, geospatiality, big data, and the cloud have enabled myriad wonderful developments in virtually every aspect of life.

But when it comes to...

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SXSW Preview: Reality Check -- The Dark Side of the Digital Economy

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Image credit: LordHayabusa357/DeviantArt

Not everything I've written holds up well. But in rereading The Digital Economy for the 20th-anniversary-edition rewrite, I'm both struck by how well the book has withstood the test of time and deeply concerned about where we have...

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Davos 2015 Wrap-Up: Get Ready for Breakthroughs About the Brain

(7) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 4:09 PM

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos is over for another year. Amazingly, most of what was discussed this year had not been on the radar a year ago. A year ago there was no discussion of oil prices dropping to, say, $50; the acronym "ISIS" was never mentioned;...

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Extreme Disparity of Wealth Dominates Davos

(9) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 7:33 PM

With extreme wealth also comes extreme political clout that results in extreme human suffering, said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, at a panel session this week in Davos.

Byanyima helped set the tone for this year's World Economic Forum by releasing the comprehensive report that disclosed that the...

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At Davos, Technology CEOs Discuss the Digital Economy

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Davos: One of the most anticipated discussions at this year's meeting was the plenary session on The Digital Economy. Given that I wrote the book that coined that term 20 years ago, I attended with great interest.

On the panel were Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, Facebook...

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Davos: What Future Do You Want?

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Do you agree or disagree that in the future we will think "inserting radio-frequency identification in our babies' bodies is as normal as vaccination"? This is just one of many provocative questions put to the participants in a spirited Davos session entitled "What Future Do You Want?"

Emerging technologies have...

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