Don Tapscott takes the long view on our digital, connected, hyper-collaborative world.

Why you should listen

A leading analyst of innovation and the impacts of technology, Tapscott has authored or co-authored 15 books about various aspects of the reshaping of our society and economy. His work Wikinomics counts among the most influential business books of the last decade. His new book The Blockchain Revolution, co-authored with his son Alex, discusses the blockchain, the distributed-database technology that’s being deployed well beyond its original application as the public ledger behind Bitcoin. In the book, they analyze why blockchain technology will fundamentally change the Internet — how it works, how to use it and its promises and perils.

Tapscott is an adjunct professor of management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, a Senior Advisor at the World Economic Forum and the inaugural Fellow at the Martin Prosperity Institute.

What others say

“The Macrowikinomics assertion that 'there has never been a more exciting time to be human' is spot on.” — Michael Dell

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Why radical openness is unnerving and necessary: A Q&A with TED eBook authors Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

January 24, 2013

Secrecy and propriety used to define our cultural and professional lives. We kept trade secrets, held closed-door meetings, had whispered conversations and kept the details of our comings-and-goings to ourselves. That’s no longer the case. We have entered a new era — one characterized by openness — in which our world and our relationships have […]

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A brand new TED Book: Radical Openness

January 17, 2013

At TEDGlobal 2012, Don Tapscott gave us an beautiful metaphor for how society could function: like a starling murmuration. By flying as a group — dipping and diving as a single unit — starlings successfully ward off predators through cooperation. While there is leadership, there is no discernable leader. Tapscott shares much more of his […]

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