Fonds 15-003 & 15-013 - Don Tapscott fonds

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Don Tapscott fonds

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CA ON00333 15-003 & 15-013

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  • 1981-2012 (Creation)
    Tapscott, Don

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3 m of textual records
ca. 60 photographs
ca. 20 negatives
ca. 535 slides
92 compact disks
1 VHS tape

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Biographical history

Don Tapscott (b. 1947) is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology; in this capacity, he advises business and government leaders around the world. In 2013, Thinkers50 ranked him fourth among the world’s most influential management thinkers and he was awarded the Global Solutions Award for launching and leading the Global Solution Networks program based at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Tapscott has authored or co-authored 15 widely read books including the 1992 bestseller Paradigm Shift. His 1995 The Digital Economy changed thinking around the world about the transformational nature of the Internet. Two years later he defined the Net Generation and the “digital divide” in another publication, Growing Up Digital. His 2000 work, Digital Capital, introduced seminal ideas such as “the business web”. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything was the bestselling management book in 2007 and has been translated into over 25 languages. In his forward to Tapscott’s newest book, The Digital Economy: 20th Anniversary Edition (2014), Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman, Google) writes: “Don remains one of the most perceptive thinkers about the way technology is transforming business and society. Several of his predictions—from networked intelligence to the demands on leaders to embrace technology — have taken permanent hold.” For over 30 years, Tapscott has introduced many ground-breaking concepts that are part of contemporary understanding. A Trent alumnus, his work continues as CEO of The Tapscott Group, a member of World Economic Forum, and Chancellor of Trent University. (Taken from the Trent University web site (, 25 March 2015).

Custodial history

Fonds was in the custody of Don Tapscott before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014.

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Fonds is comprised of correspondence, published articles, photographs, slides, and CDs of speeches, interviews, and meetings pertaining to the career of Don Tapscott.

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Fonds acquired from Don Tapscott in 2015.


The materials in this fonds were received enclosed in plastic sleeves inside binders; for the purposes of preservation and space efficiency, the documents were removed from their enclosures and placed in acid-free folders according to a chronological arrangement and by book title. Box 11 Folder 1 contains Lists of press clippings about Don Tapscott. These lists may be helpful in identifying and locating materials arranged chronologically in Boxes 1-9.

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      Some of the material in this fonds is comprised of published articles. Copyright applies in all instances.

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      Additions include 15-013.

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      26 March 2015

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