Research Programs

On top of his thought leadership and authorship, Don has led a number of research initiatives exploring cutting-edge solutions for the digital economy. Through these initiatives, Don deftly assembles the best experts in this field to drive this research forward, to the benefit of enterprise, non-profit, and government leaders alike.

Below is a list of a few of these initiatives, with links to learn more.

The Blockchain Research Institute

The Blockchain Research Institute is a Toronto-based think-tank that helps organizations to realize the new promise of the digital economy by researching the strategic implications of blockchain technology and producing practical insights that will guide its members in achieving success.

Global Solution Networks

A Global Solution Network – or GSN – is a new and particularly effective type of global problem-solving organization. Thousands of GSNs are appearing in response to the failure of more traditional organizations and governments to solve the world’s toughest problems. GSNs are achieving new forms of cooperation and social change, and mobilizing to take on the world’s most urgent and complex challenges.

The GSN Program was launched by Don Tapscott in 2012 to research these new models of global problem solving – to study the phenomenon, evaluate what makes these networks tick, and understand their potential. The program has produced more than 40 research projects and case studies to guide your work on global problem solving – all are freely available.

The New Social Contract

At the end of Blockchain Revolution, Don and Alex Tapscott call for the creation of a new social contract. Technology is breaking down the agreements that grew from the industrial age – about employment, economic opportunity, public discourse, the integrity of democracy and other profound issues. Don has written about a new social contract extensively, as society grapples with these disruptions and looks for new ways of organizing.