Don Tapscott, MPI Fellow
Don is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology and advises business and government leaders around the world. He has authored or co-authored 15 widely read books including Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet (Revised Paperback, May 2012) and most recently Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success, a TED book co-authored with Anthony D. Williams. His 1992 bestseller Paradigm Shift helped coin a seminal management concept and his 1995 hit The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence changed thinking around the world about the transformational nature of the Internet and two years later he defined the Net Generation and the “digital divide” in Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation. His 2000 work, Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs, introduced seminal ideas like “the business web” and was described by BusinessWeek as “pure enlightenment.” Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything was the best selling management book in the United States in 2007 and translated into over 25 languages.
The Economist called his work, MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World, a “Schumpeter-ian story of creative destruction” and the Huffington Post said the book is “nothing less than a game plan to fix a broken world.” For over 30 years he has introduced many ground-breaking concepts that are part of contemporary understanding.
In 2013, Thinkers50 awarded Don the Global Solutions Award for launching and leading the Global Solution Networks program at the Martin Prosperity Institute. This program is investigating how the digital revolution enables new models of global problem solving, cooperation and governance. Thinkers50, the Definitive List of the Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World, listed Don as the 4th most influential management thinker alive. In 2011, Don was 9th on the list and was also a runner up as the World’s Leading Thinker on Globalization and Macrowikinomics was runner up for The Best Business Book of the Last Two Years. He is a member of World Economic Forum, Adjunct Professor of Management for the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and Martin Prosperity Institute Fellow. It is hard to imagine anyone who has been more prolific, profound and influential in explaining the digital revolution and it’s impact on the world.