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Don Tapscott is one of the world's leading authorities on innovation, media and the economic and social impact of technology. He is an internationally sought writer, consultant and speaker on business strategy and organizational transformation. His clients include top executives of many of the world's largest corporations and government leaders from many countries. Don has been named one of the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. The influential Washing Technology Report called him the most influential media authority since Marshall McLuhan.

Don has authored or co-authored 14 widely read books including the 1992 best-seller Paradigm Shift. His 1995 hit The Digital Economy changed thinking around the world about the transformational nature of the Internet and two years later he defined the Net Generation and the “digital divide” in Growing Up Digital. His 2000 work, Digital Capital, introduced seminal ideas like “the business web” and was described by BusinessWeek as “pure enlightenment.” Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything was the best-selling management book in 2007 and translated into over 25 languages. The Economist called his newest work Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World a “Schumpeter-ian story of creative destruction” and the Huffington Post said the book is “nothing less than a game plan to fix a broken world.” Over 30 years he has introduced many ground-breaking concepts that are part of contemporary understanding and language.

Don is a frequent writer for the Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Business 2.0, The Financial Times, USA Today, and BusinessWeek, and has been interviewed and quoted widely in the broadcast media including CNN, CNBC, NBC, CBS, NPR, Fox News and the BBC.

Don is Chairman of the think tank Moxie Insight and an Adjunct Professor of Management, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Entries by Don Tapscott

I Want To Live In a 21st Century City!

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:28 PM

This week John Tory and Karen Stintz entered the Toronto mayoral race, while others, most notably Olivia Chow, are still standing in the wings. It goes without saying that our next mayor should have integrity, be law-abiding, and set a good example to our children. We also need an effective...

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New Software Fuels New Knowledge

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Wikipedia is a stunning human achievement. It brings together the work of tens of thousands of contributors, and its high-quality content is available at no cost in dozens of languages to anyone who can go online. When compared to Wikipedia, the printed Encyclopedia Britannica looks expensive, clumsy and primitive, even...

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Davos: Delight Over the Recovery, Fear for the Bigger Picture

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 11:11 AM

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, several speakers spoke of their "Davos moment" -- the moment they had an epiphany.

Mine occurred when I was on a panel about how governments can engage citizens in new ways. I was discussing the emerging crisis of legitimacy of our democratic institutions....

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At Davos, Tech Giants Square Off Over Online Privacy

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:43 PM

It's traditional to start off the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland with a panel of Nobel Laureate economists talking about the global economy. This year the high profile opening was about the digital revolution. The speakers were Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T; Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo; Marc Benioff,...

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Davos Group Sees Income Inequality as Top Global Risk

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Once again I'm participating in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. I'll be posting from here daily.

More than 2,500 participants from almost 100 countries representing business, government, academia and civil society will make the trek to this small Swiss town. Participants include more than 40 heads...

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and the Emerging Crisis of Legitimacy

(6) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:16 AM

Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto and his crack-smoking, binge-drinking habits are generating headlines around the world and embarrassment for Toronto's citizens. But Ford and his drug-dealing pals reflect a deeper problem than just substance abuse. It's another example of the growing crisis of legitimacy of our democratic institutions.

It's now...

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A Home-grown Solution to First Nations Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Despite the federal government pumping billions of dollars into housing, education and health care on reserves throughout Canada, the standard of living of too many First Nations remains horrific, with rampant unemployment and substance abuse.

The Assembly of First Nations reports that a young person on a reserve is more...

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Could a United States of North America Boost the US and Canada?

(16) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 4:08 PM

Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country, by Diane Francis (Harper Collins)


If you were fed up with the intransigence of the Tea Party's disciples during the federal government's shutdown, there is no cause for optimism by its resolution. The system could again...

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The Unintended Impact of Ronald Coase, 1910 - 2013

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 3:11 PM

The renowned economist Ronald Coase died last week at the age of 102. Among his many achievements, Coase was awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Economics, largely for his inspiring 1937 paper "The Nature of the Firm." The Nobel committee applauded the academic for his "discovery and clarification of the...

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Engelbart Was a Computing Pioneer and Mentor

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Many of the features we take for granted in modern computing and communications can be traced back to the visionary work of Douglas Engelbart, who passed away last week at the age of 88. It is hard to overstate the importance of his pioneering insights, which ranged from the invention...

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The Spirit of Collaboration Is Touching All of Our Lives

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 10:33 AM

[Ed. note: This is a Speech by Don Tapscott to the graduating classes of Business Administration and Nursing on the Occasion of his Installation as Chancellor of Trent University]

Mr. President, graduates, friends and family:

Heartfelt congratulations to each of you graduating today and to those who share your success.

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Transforming Capitalism Won't Happen Without Leadership

(38) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 1:47 PM

"Capitalism is the Crisis" (Occupy Wall Street Sign).

The industrial age is finally coming to an end, and with it the old model of capitalism is ending as well.

The continuing global economic mess, growing inequalities and environmental destruction, to name a few crises, are causing many to...

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My BB's Back and There's Gonna Be Trouble!

(15) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 10:50 AM

BlackBerry? Are you kidding me? I converted to the iPhone ages ago.

Except that I've been trying out BlackBerry's newest phone, the Q10, for a week. And guess what? I love it, and my iPhone is going to an old phones home or wherever these things go.

Like a phoenix...

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Review: The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

(41) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 11:05 AM

The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

By Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Reviewed by Don Tapscott


Into an air of great anticipation, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen have published The New Digital Age. (Sad to say, my publisher never...

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Suffering From 'Fractalnoia'? There May Be No Cure

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 10:26 AM

Back in the BlackBerry's heyday, a new habit in restaurants became known as the "BlackBerry prayer." Those at the table would hold their BlackBerrys in their laps, trying to inconspicuously respond to a steady stream of e-mails and texts. No matter how engaging the table conversation, the BlackBerry offered the...

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Examining the True Meaning of Davos

(6) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 4:08 PM

(DAVOS, Switzerland) The European skiers have once again checked into the hotels of this small Swiss village, replacing the attendees of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

One occurrence this week caused me to stand back and reflect more broadly on the meaning of this event and the...

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The Week University (As We Know It) Ended

(26) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 9:53 AM

DAVOS, Switzerland -- For many years I've been writing about how the Internet and new models of pedagogy will bring an end to the university's monopoly on higher education.

Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.

It's happening right now. We may even remember this week...

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Going Down The Road -- In A Car That Drives Itself

(35) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 6:39 PM

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND -- I've just come from an amazing discussion by some brilliant people about how connected vehicles and transportation systems will transform mobility. The discussion focused on how self-driving cars will improve road safety and traffic flow and reduce transportation's carbon footprint.

The idea is that if cars on...

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Technology Promises a Better Informed Society, But Information Must Flow Freely

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 9:27 AM

Yesterday, I wrote about the World Economic Forum's 88 Global Agenda Councils and the valuable work they are doing.

I am a member of a council addressing the tricky issue of how we inform ourselves as societies when the traditional media and tools of doing that are unravelling....

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Clear Leadership in 'Fast-changing World' a Priority of WEF

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 1:10 PM

As I mentioned in my last posting, the World Economic Forum has moved from a once-a-year meeting in a small Swiss town to a year-round discussion looking to effect global change. One benefit of this shift is that the WEF now generates a significant amount of research, much of which...

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