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How to Solve the World's Problems

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The growing problems of the world -- from climate change, conflict, poverty, water scarcity, infectious disease to economic stagnation -- are not too hard to solve. Rather progress is stalled because our model is wrong. The good news is that traditional state based institutions such as the UN, the International Monetary Fund or the G8 summits are being supplemented and even eclipsed by non-state networks of civil society, the private sector, government and individual stakeholders.
Call them Global Solution Networks.
Until now, little has been done to evaluate what makes these networks tick, how they succeed or fail, what impact they have and how they address the tough issues of legitimacy, accountability, representation and transparency. Tapscott shares some initial conclusions from a multi-million dollar study he is leading about how new patterns of connection can fulfill their enormous potential in fixing a broken world.


Don Tapscott CEO The Tapscott Group

Don Tapscott is CEO of The Tapscott Group think tank. As one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media and the economic and social impact of technology, Tapscott advises business and government leaders around the world. Tapscott has authored or co-authored 14 widely read books, including Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet, Paradigm Shift, Grown Up Digital and The Naked Corporation. Don recently released (with Anthony D Williams) TED Book, Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success and in 2012 created the Don Tapscott app – New Solutions for a Connected Planet which is available for free in the Apple App Store. In 2011, Thinkers50 and the Harvard Business Review named Tapscott as one of the top 10 most important living business thinkers. At the University of Toronto, Tapscott is Adjunct Professor of Management for the Rotman School of Management and the Inaugural Fellow of the Martin Prosperity Institute where he is currently is leading a multi million dollar investigation into new models of global problem solving.