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.
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.
“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.”
“To me, this is not an information age. It's an age of networked intelligence, it's an age of vast promise.”
“These kids [of the current generation] have no fear of technology … sort of like I have no fear of a refrigerator.”
“Institutions are becoming naked, and if you're going to be naked … fitness is no longer optional. If you're going to be naked, you better get buff.”
“Just as the Internet drops transaction and collaboration costs in business and government, it also drops the cost of dissent, of rebellion, and even insurrection.”
“When I noticed how my own children were effortlessly able to use all this sophisticated technology, at first I thought, ‘My children are prodigies!’ But then I noticed all their friends were like them, so that was a bad theory.”