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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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Toronto Gurus Win Big at ‘Oscars of Management Thinking’
Nov11

Toronto Gurus Win Big at ‘Oscars of Management Thinking’

From The Toronto Star: Three University of Toronto professors and business leaders placed in the top 15 in a recent ranking of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers, said an article in The Toronto Star on November 12. Don Tapscott, Roger Martin and Richard Florida — all tied to the Rotman School of Management — stood alongside leading commerce theorists and executives at the biennial Thinkers50 awards in London this week. The awards – dubbed “the Oscars of management thinking” by the Financial Times – recognize leadership and innovation in management across fields and borders. Tapscott, fourth on the Thinkers50 list for the second time in a row and author of the 2006 bestseller Wikinomics, said he was proud of Rotman’s achievement, but put emphasis on the ongoing “problem of prosperity.” Other articles on the Thinkers50 appeared at the National Post, The Globe & Mail,Business Insider, Les Echos, Mint, The Economic Times, Revista Capital, Forbes, Inc., Redaski, Veja, and several other publications from November 9 to...

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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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What Netflix’s Extended Parental Leave Policy Really Means for Millennial Workers
Aug09

What Netflix’s Extended Parental Leave Policy Really Means for Millennial Workers

It’s great to hear that Netflix is offering employees up to one year of paid parent 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, I think the real story is the way Netflix handles parents during that year. Netflix employees don’t have to stay at home with their baby for the entire time. They’re supposed to confer with managers and colleagues to decide how much work they can handle, and how much time they need at home with the baby. Continue reading on...

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