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Lisbon Has a Great Opportunity to be the Silicon Valley of the Second Era of the Internet
Nov30

Lisbon Has a Great Opportunity to be the Silicon Valley of the Second Era of the Internet

In an interview with Expresso, the flagship Portuguese newspaper, Don Tapscott states that the blockchain “is becoming the heart of the innovation economy.” It’s time for governments to take advantage of the opportunity and position their countries for growth.

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Nordic Business Forum:  Principles for Business Success in the Digital Age
Oct27

Nordic Business Forum: Principles for Business Success in the Digital Age

On September 26th and 27th, 2018, NBForum 2018 put on a sold-out show for 7,500 people at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Center. In the very well received “NBF Hall of Fame Talk”, he spoke to the audience about how they can win in the second era of the...

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Understand Blockchain in Under 7 Minutes
Apr26

Understand Blockchain in Under 7 Minutes

Don Tapscott, in conversation with LLoyds Bank, explains simply how blockchain will transform every industry, in every part of the world. In this short video he provides advice on the specific steps you can take now and explains why this technology needs the attention of the C-Suite immediately, irrespective of their view on...

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WEF Report: Realizing the Potential of Blockchain
Jun28

WEF Report: Realizing the Potential of Blockchain

At today’s World Economoic Forum Annual Meeting of the Champions, the WEF published an in-depth report on Blockchain, written by Don Tapscott. The paper talks about bitcoin and how it should be governed to maximise the the potentially huge benefits to society. Download the Paper The meeting, first established in 2007, “convenes the next generation of fast-growing enterprises shaping the future of business and society, and leaders from major multinationals, government, media, academia and civil society. Watch an outtake of the...

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Creating a New Social Contract for the Digital Economy
May26

Creating a New Social Contract for the Digital Economy

Friends.  At the end of Blockchain Revolution, Alex Tapscott and I call for the creation of a new social contract.  Technology is breaking down our the agreements that grew from the industrial age  – about employment, economic opportunity, public discourse, the integrity of democracy and other profound  issues.  Over the last year I’ve been thinking about this and have worked with researcher Joan McCalla to get an initial draft on paper.   Download The New Social Contract   I’d like to know your thoughts!  If you have quote worthy insights you may well end up in the document. I don’t know what this will become.  I could be anything from a book or online community to a manifesto for a political party.   What do you...

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The Digital Conglomerate
Oct04

The Digital Conglomerate

A look back the prescient article co-authored by Don Tapscott: Digital Conglomerates: Setting the Agenda for Enterprise 2.0. The article, which has never been released publicly before, looks at several innovative companies of the time: Google uses its Maps application to help design self-driving cars. GE uses data from its medical electronic equipment to design population-based predictive models for actuaries. Amazon turns its demand-driven distribution centers into cutting edge venues for robotics innovation. In so doing, these companies design tech-driven innovations that combine multiple distinctive knowledge sets – on a massive commercial scale (maps that inform car designs, heart monitors that inform insurance policies, retail sales that inform robotics). To call Google, GE and Amazon technology companies misses the point. Google is in all sorts of sectors including advertising, social media, navigation, car design and robotics. GE is in appliances, healthcare, aerospace and professional services. Amazon is in retail, computer services, robotics and logistics. A new species of business is beginning to revolutionize almost every industry and the economy itself. Digital conglomerates use their massive cross-domain capabilities and information advantages to innovate, increase market share, and enter entirely new markets. In this respect they are quite unlike vaunted peers like Facebook, let alone niche players. Digital conglomerates will be the dominant enterprises of 21st century economies – and function as role models to Industrial Age conglomerates like General Motors, AT&T, and Exxon. Perhaps 10 years from now people will look back on Blockchain Revolution, struck by its...

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