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Could Blockchain Technology Disrupt Uber, Airbnb?
Jan26

Could Blockchain Technology Disrupt Uber, Airbnb?

Don Tapscott, author of “Blockchain Revolution,” says that the technology underlying Bitcoins could be used to disrupt the likes of Uber and Airbnb. He spoke with WSJ’s Charles Forelle at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photo: Getty...

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Should Banks Fear or Embrace Blockchain Technology?
Jan26

Should Banks Fear or Embrace Blockchain Technology?

Banks should welcome rather than worry over the technology behind Bitcoin, says Don Tapscott, author of “Blockchain Revolution.” Mr. Tapscott talks to WSJ’s Charles Forelle at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photo: Getty...

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What the Blockchain Means for Economic Prosperity
Dec25

What the Blockchain Means for Economic Prosperity

Don and Alex Tapscott write about the Blockchain on CoinDesk, the world leader in news and information on digital currencies such as bitcoin, and its underlying technology – the blockchain. The Internet is entering a second era, one that gives us another shot to achieve a prosperous future. Yes, the digital revolution has brought countless wonders. The Internet, the World Wide Web, social media, mobile computing, geospaciality, Big Data and the cloud have all enabled advancements in virtually every aspect of life. But when it comes to business, a careful analysis shows that the changes to date are only scratching the surface. Capitalism’s basic institution, the corporation, has remained relatively unchanged. Hierarchy, vertical integration and bureaucracy – hallmarks of the industrial age – still reign. Read the full article on...

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Dear Mr. President
Nov21

Dear Mr. President

From the Alliance for Converging Technologies Archives – Don Tapscott’s letter to then-President Bill Clinton. Read what the famous futurist suggested to him in 2000. Dear Mr. President;   You and your administration set the conditions for economic prosperity and the transformation of America to the Digital Economy. You know have an historic opportunity to also re-energize citizen participation in the governing process and revitalize democracy for the 21st century.   You were correct in seeing the power of the net as a new infrastructure for the creation of wealth. You encouraged its growth, avoiding unnecessary regulation and taxes. You helped nurture the development of the converging computer, telecommunications, and content industries – that now directly contribute over $1 trillion to the US economy. As a result of the Internet, new business models are emerging that are destroying the old models of the firm and leading to unprecedented economic prosperity.   But to paraphrase John Kennedy, we should not ask what governments can do for the net, it’s what the net can do for governance. Read the rest of Don Tapscott’s Letter to Bill Clinton in 2000...

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One citizen’s manifesto for the 2015 federal election
Oct16

One citizen’s manifesto for the 2015 federal election

Canada needs a responsive and open government that provides leadership for our transition to an innovation economy and a digital age, writes business thinker Don Tapscott. 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. Read the full article in the Toronto...

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Why My Kids Are My “Reverse Mentors”
Sep11

Why My Kids Are My “Reverse Mentors”

In the mid-1990s, I began studying the behaviours 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 friends were like that too, so I decided that was a bad theory. I began to theorize instead that this was the first time in history when children were an authority on something really important. (I was an authority on model trains when I was a kid.) Today, the 11-year-old at the table is an authority on revolution changing business and society. Continue reading on...

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