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In this upbeat talk, futurist Don Tapscott demonstrates how the world is changing due to an evolving Internet, tech-savvy youth and the global economic crisis. He engagingly discusses four principles of “openness” that will revive institutions globally. getAbstract recommends Tapscott’s lecture to all who want to understand the new world order.

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Don Tapscott, chair of Moxie Insight, is author of Growing Up Digital and other books.



The Internet was once just a platform for content. It has since evolved into an enormous collectively programmed computer with access to minds worldwide. This technological advancement marks an era of “networked intelligence” and is a major push toward an open world. Another force is the “Net Generation,” youths who grew up “bathed in bits” and who hold the power to transform society’s institutions. At the same time, the global economic crisis has created a “burning platform” for corporations, stock markets and governments. The costs of their remaining opaque far exceed the costs of embracing transparency. Applying four principles of “openness” will revitalize these institutions:

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