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Make 2015 the Year You Finally Launch Your Own Startup

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 2:59 PM

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2015 will be the time to start a business. Here's why and how.

Around the world we are facing unprecedented unemployment -- even in the developed world. Youth are particularly hard hit. In 2014 more than 1.6 million students graduated from American colleges...

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Do Companies Still Need a CIO? Introducing the IT Services Supermarket

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 4:36 PM

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Some pundits argue that companies will soon be able to get rid of their CIOs and even their entire IT departments. But even with the rise of powerful IT services on the cloud, this notion is folly. In fact a whole new model of...

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Rush Limbaugh Is Emblematic of Our Political Rot

(78) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 5:02 PM

It is stunning that leading conservative thinkers are arguing that the Republican majority in Congress is a mandate for even more gridlock. Rush Limbaugh says Republicans weren't elected "to make Congress work. They weren't sent there to get along." Instead, Limbaugh argues, their mandate is "to stop Barack Obama. Republicans...

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Is 'The World's Most Secretive Company' Opening Up?

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Apple has been called "the world's most secretive company." It creates great products but has a terrible reputation as a corporate citizen. It seems to hoard its intellectual property. It's sitting on $160 billion of cash reserves, and is a philanthropic miser. Foxconn, the high-profile electronics company that builds Apple's...

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(Almost) Everything We Think About Managing Talent Is Wrong. Here's Why.

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 5:45 PM

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Today's workplace should look more like a jazz band (yes, that's a pic of me) rather than a Dilbert-style bureaucracy that looks more like a dysfunctional marching band. As Dilbert pointed out (in the best selling management book of all time) our approach to...

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Is the Digital Economy Still a Capitalist Economy?

(24) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 2:06 PM

This is the first of a series of excerpts from The Digital Economy, 20th Anniversary Edition by Don Tapscott, released October 24, 2014.

Too bad the term "socialism" was appropriated by Karl Marx, because it would be an apt description of today's emerging social economy. The social media revolution is...

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Is Elon Musk the Greatest CEO of the Modern Era?

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 4:43 PM

OK, before I start, let me make full disclosure: my new Tesla was delivered today. Yes I know it's a car for the 1 percent, and that my modest green initiative of buying an electric vehicle won't exactly save the biosphere. And indeed, I am indebted to Elon Musk, the...

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Climate Change Is Too Important to Be Left to the Politicians

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 1:29 PM

The Climate Summit at the United Nations is unprecedented. Even though it is not part of the UN's official negotiating process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this could be the most important and productive meetings on climate change ever held. In addition to leaders of member states, it's bringing together...

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Governing the Climate

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 9:56 AM

Today's Climate Summit at the United Nations is unprecedented. Even though it is not part of the UN's official negotiating process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this could be the most important and productive meeting on climate change ever held. In addition to leaders of member states, it's bringing together...

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The Solar Roadways Campaign: What Does It Mean for the Fight Against Climate Change?

(9) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 11:16 AM

On June 20th the Solar Roadways campaign ends -- having achieved more than double its $1 million goal. The project seeks to develop a modular paving system to transform every roadway, parking lot, landing strip, bike path, driveway and playground into giant solar panel. A solar grid like this would...

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New Graduates Must Help Fix a Broken World

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:40 PM

The following are excerpts from Don Tapscott's convocation speech to graduates at Trent University last week.

Given the complexity, challenges and choice for today's graduates it makes sense to design your life. Design your vocation and consider new options like being an entrepreneur, social innovator or an independent contractor. Design...

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Businesses Should Move on From Cold Hard Cash

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 6:50 PM

It turns out cash is bad for business. Not cash in the sense of money, but cash in the sense of those wads of shiny plastic bills made up of atoms that many companies, especially small ones, love to collect.

According to a new study by...

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What Can a Toronto Mayor Actually Do to Create Jobs?

(7) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Toronto's next mayor should be the candidate with the most credible plan for creating jobs.

But unlike their counterparts running in the provincial election, mayoralty candidates can't promise tax dollars to subsidize massive new investments. The only tax revenue that cities have is the property tax. So there isn't a...

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The Economy Needs Grads With Brains and Brawn

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:33 PM

A dangerous and growing urban myth in Canada is that university students enrolled in liberal arts and science programs are acquiring skills employers don't need. This is bogus.

The most recent myth apparition is the B.C. government's plan to re-engineer the education system to focus on skills and the immediate...

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Cutting Back on Liberal Arts and Sciences in Canada Harms Its Economy

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:05 PM

A dangerous and growing urban myth in Canada is that university students enrolled in liberal arts and science programs are acquiring skills employers don't need. This is bogus.

The most recent myth apparition is the BC government's plan to re-engineer the education system to focus on skills and the immediate...

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The Way We Govern the Internet Is a Model in International Cooperation

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Last week in Brazil thousands of interested parties met to thrash out the future development of Internet governance. Brazil hosted the NETmundial congress in response to the revelations that the U.S. government has been carrying out mass surveillance not only of its own citizens but also of foreign government leaders,...

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I Want To Live In a 21st Century City!

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 5:28 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 | 11:43 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 | 12:11 PM

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 | 3:43 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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