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Blockchain: “It’s Going to Radically Transform Our Society’s Institutions” at DLD16
Mar14

Blockchain: “It’s Going to Radically Transform Our Society’s Institutions” at DLD16

“The most influential tech conference in Europe” — The Economist The invitation-only DLD (Digital-Life-Design) 2016 conference took place in Munich on January 19th. Speaking alongside representatives from The Economist, the UE, Instagram, Youtube, Google, Amazon and more, Don Tapscott explained how Blockchain is going to radically transform our society’s...

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The Blockchain Student Challenge
Mar14

The Blockchain Student Challenge

To All the Aspiring Animators, Graphic Design Students, and Up-And-Coming Filmmakers out there: We at the Tapscott Group are in need of talented, creative individuals to create a 90-to-120 second animation video on the influence of Blockchain technology on the music industry, to help the music industry move to a new model where musicians get compensated for their work. Don Tapscott (C.M., CEO of the Tapscott Group, Ranked 4th by Thinkers50) and his son Alex Tapscott (CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures) are coming out with a true father-son collaboration, penning the book: Blockchain Revolution: How the technology behind bitcoin is changing money, business, and the world for release on May 10. The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it’s not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence. And we need your help. We’ve created an open competition for new animators and filmmakers to show us what they’ve got, with some high stakes. You could win $200 in prize money, a Kindle Fire Tablet, a chance to network with 500 of Canada’s top executives at the book launch in Toronto, and the potential for further work – all while widening your portfolio. It is with great pleasure that we share this opportunity with you to help musicians reinvent the music industry. Below you will find the contest brief and the style guide, both of which will be needed to complete the Blockchain challenge. Note that Submissions are due April 10th at 11:59PM EST, and should be submitted via Dropbox link to *protected email*. Documents: Animation Project Contest Brief Style...

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Don Tapscott on HBR: After 20 Years, It’s Harder to Ignore the Digital Economy’s Dark Side
Mar14

Don Tapscott on HBR: After 20 Years, It’s Harder to Ignore the Digital Economy’s Dark Side

In 1995, I published The Digital Economy, a book that became one of the first best-sellers about the internet in business. To mark its 20th anniversary, my publisher asked me to write a dozen mini-chapters for a new edition. As I revisited it, I was struck by how far we’ve come since 1995 and by how many concepts in the book have withstood the test of time. “The digital economy” term itself has become part of the vernacular. The book was pretty breathless about the opportunities of the digital revolution, but it equally warned of some huge dangers ahead — and this dark side has indeed emerged over the last two decades. Back then, I wrote: The Age of Networked Intelligence is also an age of peril. For individuals, organizations, and societies that fall behind, punishment is swift. It is not just old business rules but also governments, social institutions, and relationships among people that are being transformed. The new media is changing the ways we do business, work, learn, play, and even think. Far more than the old western frontier, the digital frontier is a place of recklessness, confusion, uncertainty, calamity, and danger. Some signs point to a new economy in which wealth is even further concentrated, basic rights like privacy are vanishing, and a spiral of violence and repression undermine basic security and freedoms. Pervasive evidence exists that indicates the basic social fabric is beginning to disintegrate. Old laws, structures, norms, and approaches are proving to be completely inadequate for life in the new economy. While they are crumbling or being smashed, it is not completely clear what should replace them. Everywhere people are beginning to ask, “Will this smaller world our children inherit be a better one? While the digital revolution has brought us many wonders, in hindsight my somewhat discouraging conclusion is that the “promise” of a more fair, equal, just, and sustainable world has been unfulfilled. It has become clear that the original democratic architecture of the internet has been bent to the will of economies and societies in which power is anything but distributed. If anything, the power has become more concentrated, and the main benefits of the digital economy have been skewed. Read this article on the Harvard Business...

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Rethinking Learning for the Networked Age
Feb18

Rethinking Learning for the Networked Age

Don Tapscott, Canadian business executive, best-selling author and new media theorist, speaks about rethinking learning for the networked age at the sold-out ChangSchoolTalks 2016: Experiential Learning in Action event hosted at Ryerson University on February 17, 2016.

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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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