Radical Openness

radical-openness-coverDon Tapscott and Anthony Williams are brilliant thought leaders on how business, government, and society in the 21st Century can leverage technologies to achieve exciting new opportunities. Radical Openness is the latest in a series of books filled with real world examples to convey an insightful vision of the future. This quick read is broken into four parts:

  1. Why smart organizations embrace transparency with customers, stakeholders, and society to foster trust and accelerate business progress.
  2. Innovative and successful companies are dissolving corporate boundaries.
  3. How companies who tightly guarded their IP transition to a shared IP model, managed like a mutual fund portfolio.
  4. How the proliferation of global freedom and justice movements are shaking up the global balance of power.

They describe how digital technologies slash transition and collaboration costs allowing new ecosystems of companies and organizations to work together in new ways and tap a global pool of talent. Enabling users to participate in innovation improves company success rates and customer satisfaction. Focusing on dynamic platforms to provide opportunities for partners to contribute and collaboratively innovate. The advancement of IT in the Digital Age provides societies powerful insight into massive amounts of information. This access enables freedom, openness, integrity, and collaboration where everyone can participate in a sustainable global economy.

Radical Openness is a great read for those who want to develop strategies and leverage digital technology to effective lead an innovative enterprise.


Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet

In this new age of networked intelligence, collaborative communities are enhancing and even bypassing crumbling institutions. We are innovating the way our financial institutions and governments operate; how we educate our children; how the healthcare, newspaper, and energy industries serve their customers; how we care for our neighbourhoods: and even how we solve global problems.

From their latest book, Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet, co-authors Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams present groundbreaking innovations from every corner of the globe: how businesses, organizations, and individuals alike are using mass collaboration to revolutionize not only the way we work, but how we live, learn, create, and care for each other.

10 Great Quotes from Macrowikinomics

Macrowikinomics is less of a business book and more of a blueprint for a moment to redefine industries, government, and society. It serves as my inspiration for this blog and my efforts to transform the Pentagon. Here are 10 great quotes from Macrowikinomics:


  1. The Web provides a platform for networking human minds.
  2. Transition from Industrial age thinking and hierarchical organizational designs to a new set of bottom-up institutions that are being built on principles such as openness, collaboration, and the sharing of data and intellectual property.
  3. Some are focused on tinkering with old models rather than moving to something new and viable.
  4. Mass collaboration provides an attractive alternative to the hierarchical, command-and-control management systems that are failing many of our key institutions.
  5. Young digital natives everywhere are questioning the historic traditions of venerable institutions such as the university, the newspaper, the medical establishment, and the entire apparatus of representatives government.
  6. Organizations can succeed and even thrive in this new environment by embracing the five principles of wikinomics: collaboration, openness, sharing, integrity, and interdependence.
  7. New forms of bottom-up collaboration now rival the hierarchical organization in its capacity to create information-based products and services and, in some cases, to solve the critical challenges facing the world. Whether analyzing the human genome or designing a smart energy grid.
  8. A doctor successfully dealing with a patient one-on-one in a small treatment room has no way to record the process of diagnosis and treatment in a manner that would be educational to others. But this is something the system should be capable of doing. Rather than handwritten data housed silently in filing cabinets, the data should be captured in a way that could tell us quickly if a treatment is exceptionally beneficial or conversely, is doing harm. Such information could be used to teach new doctors, or enable researchers to investigate new approaches to medicine. If patients were collaborating among themselves, sharing experiences and learning from one another on a mass scale, this would create an almost infinitely large database that could feed science and the advancement of medicine.
  9. Smart companies increasingly collaborate globally to get things done
  10. When you say “collaboration”, the average 45 year old thinks they know what you’re talking about – teams sitting down, having a nice conversation with nice objectives and a nice attitude. That’s what collaboration means to most people. But for Google and many other companies and organization, collaboration is now a profoundly new approach to orchestrating capability to innovative, create goods and services, and solve problems. Social networking is becoming social production, where self-organizing groups of peers can design and produce everything from software to motorcycles.
This book should be atop your summer reading list.
Visit the Macrowikinomics site for more about the book, blog, and authors.