Don Tapscott's Blog
May 26, 2017
Friends. At the end of Blockchain Alex Tapscott and I call for the creation of a new social contract. Technology is breaking down our the agreements that grew from the industrial age – about employment, economic opportunity, public discourse, the integrity of democracy and other profound issues. Over the last year I’ve been thinking about this and have worked with researcher Joan McCalla to get an initial draft on paper.
I’d like to know your thoughts! If you have quote worthy insights you may well end up in the document. I don’t know what this will become. I could be anything from a book or online community to a manifesto for a political party. What do you think?
May 1, 2017
Don Tapscott, CEO of The Tapscott Group, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. Don was the originator of the term ‘Digital Economy’ and one of the first people to predict the internet’s dramatic effects on business and government on a global scale. He has published over 15 books, including The Digital Economy Anniversary Edition: Rethinking Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence (October 2014); Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet (2012); Grown Up Digital (2008); and, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006).
His most recent project is BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION (2016), a book written in collaboration with his son Alex, that showcases new technologies that ensure privacy and protection while also making exchanges of currency more convenient, and how the theories behind technology can be applied to other fields to help society.
January 6, 2017
In this CoinDesk 2016 in Review special feature, Don and his son Alex chart a broad overview of blockchain in 2016, with an eye to what is to come in the year ahead. Notably, they argue that 2016 was the most important year for the tech since the debut of Satoshi Nakamoto’s bitcoin white paper.
2016 was a critical year, the most important since Satoshi Nakamoto published “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” in 2008.
When we wrote “Blockchain Revolution”, many were speculating on what this technology could achieve. We did our best to capture those possibilities – for the economy, government, and society -and have been surprised by the breadth of innovation underway.
For example, central banks have emerged as powerful forces in the future of cryptocurrencies and are gaining momentum. The Bank of England and others are already exploring blockchain-enabled fiat currencies to reduce friction, cost, and risk, increase transparency and accountability, and improve oversight of the financial system.
November 25, 2016
The Internet is entering a second era. We’ve had the Internet of Information. With blockchain we’re seeing the rise of the Internet of Value. There are profound opportunities to improve the economy and also the operations of government.
November 18, 2016
Simon Cocking from Irish Tech News:
Having recently reviewed their new book on Blockchain we thought it would be interesting to find out a little more about the dynamic Tapscott duo behind the book. Here is our exclusive interview with them.
October 28, 2016
Blockchain Revolution is now available in German!
Co-author Don Tapscott was interviewed on German national radio to discuss blockchain. Listen to the interview on BR.de.
October 12, 2016
“We need to move forward and create a digital dollar,” consultant and author Don Tapscott told CyberScoop. He briefed the IMF at their annual gathering, telling them “When you can have digital cash, all kinds of wonderful things follow for the economy.”
He cited a Bank of England study that suggested eliminating just 30 percent of the friction in the payments system would boost the GDP by three percent.
(Image via DonkeyHotey / Flickr)
Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on technology and business. He has authored over 15 books including Wikinomics, The Digital Economy, and Paradigm Shift. With his son, Alex Tapscott, he recently co-authored the book Blockchain Revolution, How the Technology behind bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World.
Blockchain Revolution has quickly become the leading publication on blockchain technology for beginners. One of biggest challenges to adoption of blockchain technology is education. It is a highly technical topic that one cannot fully learn and understand in one briefing, meeting or discussion. It truly takes a concerted study and because this technology is still so new, there are very few educational resources available to the public. Finally we have a book that demystifies Bitcoin and blockchain technology for the average person with or without a computer science background.
October 7, 2016
October 4, 2016
When Donald Trump says the system is rigged, how should we respond? Most of the pros, both Democratic and Republican, have said Donald Trump’s claim is not only outrageously wrong but is dangerous for American democracy. But what happens if a significant number of Americans, both Republican and Democratic, suspect that he’s right, that the system is somehow unfair?
Take a look at voters under 30, who make up 21 per cent of eligible voters in the U.S. Less than 20 per cent of them voted in the last federal election, and you only have to listen to replays of the Bernie Sanders campaign to see why.