TED: Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott is a notable author and speaker on the influence of the Internet revolution. In other words, he discusses concepts like Web 2.0, Web 3.0 or the semantic web, and (this phrase just makes me cringe at the very thought of having to type it) digital natives and immigrants. I cannot believe how much those words have been abused and turned into excuses for ignorance. I will leave that rant for another day and post. That said, Tapscott has several published books on theses topics and has, at the very least, brought these ideas to the general masses. He has brought the Internet’s influence to center stage. I have to say that I am not overly fond or in agreement of his general assertions, but this TED video is absolutely spot on. In the wake of the Apple vs. Samsung calamity…you know the recent court case that will not ever help the consumer’s pocket or any company that even attempts to be innovative…, I cannot imagine a more appropriate attitude for our modern corporations to adopt. Tapscott explains the four principles of openness which are

  1. collaboration
  2. transparency
  3. sharing
  4. empowerment

A few phrases also stood out to me. I won’t comment on them specifically other than to note that they made me think. They where:

“Age of networked intelligence”

“There’s leadership, but no one leader”

“Humanity is building a machine”

“Understanding the new power of the commons”

What inspires you about his contentions? What got you thinking? Here’s the link to the Tapscott’s TED talk. Let’s start a conversation here!

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