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Don Tapscott (born June 1, 1947) is a Canadian business executive, author, consultant and speaker, who specializes in business strategy, organizational transformation and the role of technology in business and society. He is the CEO of The Tapscott Group, and was founder and chairman of the international think tank New Paradigm before its acquisition.[2]


In 2012, Tapscott opened TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, where his talk, Four Principles for the Open World, was viewed online by more than 800,000 people.[3] Tapscott has authored or co-authored fifteen books on the application of technology in business and society. His 2006 book, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006), co-authored by Anthony D. Williams, was an international bestseller, was number one on the 2007 management book charts and has been translated into 20 different languages.

Tapscott lives in Toronto. He is chancellor of his alma mater, Trent University, as well as adjunct professor of management at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

On November 5, Don and his son Alex Tapscott announced that NextBlock was forced to scrap IPO plans due to being dropped by their underwriter, CIBC, after the company is reported to have made false and misleading statements in its marketing materials.[4]

As of 2017[update], Tapscott is involved in cross-industry groups attempting to advance solutions to governance issues in the emerging blockchain industry.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Tapscott was born in Toronto and lived as a teen in Orillia, Ontario,[6] where he was a part of the first graduating class of Park Street Collegiate Institute.[7]

Tapscott holds a B.Sc. in psychology and statistics and an M.Ed. specializing in research methodology. While earning this degree at the University of Alberta, he ran for mayor of Edmonton in the 1977 municipal election on behalf of the Revolutionary ...

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