Don Tapscott can see the future coming ... and works to identify the new concepts we need to understand in a world transformed by the Internet.

Why you should listen

Don Tapscott takes a farseeing look at our digital, connected, hypercollaborative world. He's the chair of Moxie Insight and has written 14 books about aspects of this new world, helping readers understand where the world is heading as our civilization fundamentally reshapes itself. In 1995, his book The Digital Economy was among the first to show how the internet would change the way we did business; in 2000, he defined the Net Generation and the “digital divide” in Growing Up Digital.

In his most recent works, he thinks deeply about newly possible collaboration "on an astronomical scale." As the Industrial Age comes to an end, all our institutions are challenged (state, corporations, schools), he argues--and suggests that we need to reboot and reinvent civilization.

What others say

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

Don Tapscott’s TED talk

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Culture

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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The magic of a group think: TEDGlobal 2012 Day 1 recap

June 26, 2012

When you hear the word “innovation,” an image may pop to mind of an intrepid inventor toiling in isolation — Benjamin Franklin flying his kite in a storm, or the Wright Brothers testing their flying machine on the beaches of Kitty Hawk. But during the first day of TEDGlobal 2012, speaker after speaker touted the […]

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Quotes from Don Tapscott

You think that social media is about hooking up online? For these kids [in the Tunisian Revolution], it was a military tool to defend unarmed people from murderers.
Don Tapscott
TEDGlobal 2012 • 770K views Jun 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive
To me, this is not an information age. It's an age of networked intelligence, it's an age of vast promise.
Don Tapscott
TEDGlobal 2012 • 770K views Jun 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive
These kids [of the current generation] have no fear of technology … sort of like I have no fear of a refrigerator.
Don Tapscott
TEDGlobal 2012 • 770K views Jun 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive