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Digital Disruption
Mar31

Digital Disruption

Technology is changing how Canada governs itself. The evolution isn’t without risk. In this month’s Canadian Government Executive, Don Tapscott’s prescient words about the ineffectiveness of the current representative system of government offers warnings – and solutions – to addressing issues in a modern era. Read “Global Solution Networks: A revolution in...

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SXSW Preview: What’s the Next Generation Internet? Surprise: It’s all about the Blockchain!
Mar15

SXSW Preview: What’s the Next Generation Internet? Surprise: It’s all about the Blockchain!

by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott Yes, the digital revolution has brought countless wonders. The Internet, World Wide Web, Social Media, Mobile Computing, Geospaciality, Big Data and The Cloud, have enabled myriad wonderful developments 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...

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SXSW Preview: Reality Check: The Dark Side of Digital Economy
Mar11

SXSW Preview: Reality Check: The Dark Side of Digital Economy

Not everything I’ve written holds up well. But in re-reading the Digital Economy for 20th Anniversary edition re-write, I’m both struck by how the book has withstood the test of time, and deeply concerned about where we have arrived. The subtitle of the book was “Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence.” The book was pretty breathless about the opportunities but equally it warned of the huge dangers ahead. I wrote: Some...

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Keynote Address: Emerging Issues NC
Feb18

Keynote Address: Emerging Issues NC

Don Tapscott was the keynote speaker at the North Carolina Emerging Issues Forum. The forum featured some of the world’s top thinkers about the future to speak on the state of innovation, from business to education to health. Don spoke about trends in the innovation economy and the importance of Millennials. “I think that the digital age is moving so quickly, it’s kind of getting beyond our capacity as individuals,...

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Best Advice: Leave the Executive Fast Track to Become an Entrepreneur
Feb10

Best Advice: Leave the Executive Fast Track to Become an Entrepreneur

Thirty-five years ago (yep, that sure dates me), a colleague dragged me kicking and screaming away from my fast-track executive career to join her in launching our own company. At the time, I was deeply anxious — worried this would end up being the biggest mistake of my career. It turned out to be the best professional advice I’ve ever had. It’s an amazing story, actually. In the late 1970s, I was hired as a researcher at Canada’s...

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Could Huronia hospital become a Banff Centre of the east?
Feb05

Could Huronia hospital become a Banff Centre of the east?

The Star’s Martin Knelman asked Don Tapscott and other cultural heavyweights about the possibility of turning the shuttered Huronia hospital into a Banff Centre of the East. “This could be the most important development for the region since the arrival of Samuel de Champlain,” says Tapscott, a prophet of the digital economy, a bestselling author and an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management....

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