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Don Tapscott
Don Tapscott heads the Global Solution Networks program at the University of Toronto investigating multi-stakeholder models of global governance. He is Adjunct Professor of Management at the Rotman School of Management.

Entries by Don Tapscott

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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Davos 2015: International Conflict Is Top Global Risk

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:07 PM

There is much discussion of global risks at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting this week, and illustrating today's volatility is the fact that the biggest threat to the stability of the world -- international conflict -- was not even on last year's list. That is the conclusion of the...

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Davos: Wealth Inequalities and the Collapse of Trust

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 5:17 PM

Undoubtedly timed to the opening of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, a new report by Oxfam says the richest 1 percent of people in the world will have a majority of the wealth on the planet next year.

"The scale of global inequality is quite...

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Leaders to Weigh 'The New Global Context' at Davos

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 9:31 AM

Against a disturbing global backdrop that includes ongoing hostilities in Ukraine, the crashing of oil prices, a global jobless recovery and the recent slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, more than 2,500 delegates will squeeze into the small ski resort of Davos, Switzerland -- population 11,000 -- for the World Economic Forum...

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2015: The Top 10 Things You Can't Have Too Much Of

(3) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:47 PM

In 2014 I held an online discussion asking the question "What are the things you can't have too much of?" I got hundreds of responses and from this have selected my top 10 list, as a fun kickoff to 2015! It is also relevant to business, career planning and entrepreneurship....

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Make 2015 the Year You Finally Launch Your Own Startup

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:59 PM


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

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:36 PM


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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