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Keynote Speaker

Don Tapscott, one of the world's leading authorities on business strategy, is Chief Executive of international think tank New Paradigm. New Paradigm, founded in 1993, produces groundbreaking research focused on the role of technology in productivity, business design, effectiveness and competitiveness. Tapscott recently completed a $4 million investigation of how firms will innovate in the 21st Century entitled IT and Competitive Advantage, funded by 22 global corporations.

Keynote Speaker Don Tapscott

Tapscott is the author of 10 widely read books about information technology in business and society, including Paradigm Shift, Growing Up Digital and The Naked Corporation. His latest, co-authored with Anthony Williams, is Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. He is also adjunct professor of management at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. His clients include top executives at many of the world's largest corporations and government leaders from many countries. He holds a Master's degree in Research Methodology and an (Hon.) Doctor of Laws.

Don Tapscott is one of the world's most sought-after speakers, keynoting over 1000 conferences, executive planning sessions and other gatherings since New Paradigm was founded in 1993. He has presented to over half of the CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies, and has shared the stage with Heads of State such as President Bill Clinton, CEOs such as Sam Palmisano (IBM), Steve Balmer (Microsoft) and A.G. Lafley (Procter & Gamble), as well as social leaders such as Klaus Schwab (World Economic Forum) and Linus Torvalds (Linux).


Wikinomics

Don's presentation at the FutureForce Summit 2007 will centre on his latest work, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. In the last few years, traditional collaboration—in a meeting room, a conference call, even a convention center—has been superceded by collaborations on an astronomical scale.

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes EverythingToday, encyclopedias, jetliners, operating systems, mutual funds, and many other items are being created by teams numbering in the thousands or even millions. While some leaders fear the heaving growth of these massive online communities, Wikinomics proves this fear is folly. Smart firms can harness collective capability and genius to spur innovation, growth, and success.

A brilliant primer on one of the most profound changes of our time, Wikinomics challenges our most deeply-rooted assumptions about business and will prove indispensable to anyone who wants to understand the key forces driving competitiveness in the twenty-first century.

Based on a $9 million research project led by bestselling author Don Tapscott, Wikinomics shows how the masses of people can participate in the economy like never before. They are creating TV news stories, sequencing the human genome, remixing their favorite music, designing software, finding a cure for disease, editing school texts, inventing new cosmetics, and even building motorcycles.

Don's book covers the success stories of collaborative thinking, including:

  • Rob McEwen, the Goldcorp, Inc. CEO, former investment banker, and gold mining newbie, who used open source tactics and an online competition to breathe new life into a struggling business cobbled by the rules of an old-fashioned industry.
  • Flickr, Second Life, YouTube, and other thriving online communities that transcend social networking to pioneer a new form of collaborative production that will revolutionize markets and firms.
  • Smart, multibillion dollar companies like Procter & Gamble that cultivate nimble, trust-based relationships with external collaborators to form vibrant business ecosystems that create value more effectively than hierarchically organized businesses.

An important look into the future, Wikinomics will be your road map for doing business in the twenty-first century.