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Accession Number: 15-003

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Don Tapscott fonds. -- 1981-2012. -- 3 m of textual records. -- ca. 60 photographs -- ca. 20 negatives -- ca. 535 slides -- 92 compact disks -- 1 VHS tape

BIOGRAPHY / 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 and 2015, Thinkers50 ranked him fourth among the world’s most influential management thinkers. In 2013, he was also 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 (http://www.trentu.ca/chancellor/), 25 March 2015).

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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

NOTES

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

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Don Tapscott in 2015.

Fonds Arrangement: 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.

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

See 15-013 for additional materials.

FINDING AID

NOTE: Boxes 1, 2, 3, and 4 (folders 1-12a) include generic correspondence and emails, transparencies, press releases, magazine and journal articles by Tapscott, and published reviews about Tapscott and his published works. The materials are arranged in date order.

Box 1

Folder

1. September 1981 – December 1983
2. 1988
3. 1989
4. 1990
5. 1991
6. January – September 1992
7. October – December 1992
8. January – June 1993
9. July – August 1993
10. September – December 1993
11. December 1993
12. January – May 1994
13. June - November 1994
14. December 1994
15. January – May 1995
16. June – August 1995
17. September 1995
18. October – November 1995
19. 1–15 December 1995
20. 15-30 December 1995

Box 2

Folder

1. January 1996
2. February 1996
3. 1-15 March 1996
4. 15-30 March 1996
5. April 1996
6. 1-27 May 1996
7. 28-30 May 1996
8. June 1996

Box 3

Folder

1. July 1996
2. August – September 1996
3. October – November 1996
4. December 1996
5. 1997
6. 1998
7. January – March 1999
8. April – May 1999
9. June – July 1999
10. August – October 1999
11. November – December 1999
12. January – February 2000
13. March 2000
14. April 2000
15. May 2000
16. June – August 2000
17. September – December 2000
18. March – December 2000 (correspondence only)
19. January – June 2001
20. July – December 2001
21. January – December 2001 (correspondence only)
22. January – March 2002
23. April – August 2002
24. September – November 2002

Box 4

Folder

1. December 2002
2. 2002-2003 (correspondence only)
3. January – June 2003
4. July – December 2003
5. January – June 2004
6. July – December 2004
7. 2005
8. June 2006 – December 2007
9. March – May 2008
10. June – September 2008
11. 15 November – 15 December 2008
12. 16 December 2008 – March 2009
12a. 2011-2012

The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business
/ Don Tapscott and David Ticoll, 2003

Press releases, reviews, emails

13. August – September 2003
14. October 2003
15. November – December 2003
16. January – May 2004
17. June – December 2004

EnRoute (2002-2004)

Binder of EnRoute magazine articles by Don Tapscott, 2002-2004

Box 5

The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence
/ Don Tapscott, 1997

Press releases, reviews, emails

Folder

1. March – December 1996
2. January – April 1997
3. May – September 1997
4. October – December 1997
5. May – July 1998
6. September – December 1998
7. 1999
8. March – April 2000
9. Gabler press clippings

Box 6

Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation
/ Don Tapscott, McGraw-Hill, 1999.

Press releases, reviews, emails

Folder

1. 1996
2. January – June 1997
3. July – September 1997
4. October 1997
5. 1–10 November 1997
6. 11–20 November 1997
7. 21-30 November 1997
8. December 1997
9. January 1998
10. 1-15 February 1998
11. 16-28 February 1998
12. 1-20 March 1998
13. 21-30 March 1998
14. April 1998
15. May – June 1998
16. July – August 1998
17. September 1998
18. 1–20 October 1998
19. 21-30 October 1998
20. November 1998
21. December 1998

Box 7

Folder

1. January – February 1999
2. March – May 1999
3. June – August 1999
4. September – October 1999
5. November – December 1999
6. January 2000
7. March – May 2000
8. November – December 2000
9. 2001-2004

Box 8

Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs
/ Don Tapscott, David Ticoll, and Alex Lowy, 2000

Press releases, reviews, emails

Folder

1. April – May 1999
2. June 1999
3. July - September 1999
4. October – November 1999
5. December 1999
6. January 2000
7. February 2000
8. March 2000
9. 1–15 April 2000
10. 16–30 April 2000
11. May 2000
12. 1–10 June 2000
13. 11–20 June 2000
14. 21-30 June 2000
15. July 2000
16. August 2000
17. September 2000
18. October 2000
19. November 2000
20. December 2000
21. January 2001
22. February – April 2001
23. May – June 2001
24. July – August 2001
25. September – December 2001

Box 9

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
/ by Anthony D. Williams and Don Tapscott, 2006

Folders

1-4. Reviews, 2006-2010

Loose in box:

    VHS (1) titled: “Don Tapscott, IBM Industry Executives, Transportation – Phoenix, May 4, 1994”

      CDs (92): the titles on the CDs refer to interviews, speeches, and meetings involving Don Tapscott, ca. 1989-2007. Note: A list of the titles provided by the donor is included in the box.

        Posters (2): 1) re: public address by Tapscott at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Harvard University, 2000; 2) re: Trent University publicity poster featuring Tapscott, n.d.

          Loose on Shelf

          White binder titled: “Digital 4Sight PR Database: Digital Capital and Digital 4Sight as of July 10, 2000”
          Black binder titled: “Paradigm Shift & DMR Slides, 1982-1992” – contains ca. 535 slides (note: most are unidentified)

          Box 10

          New Paradigm / Don Tapscott

          Publication of New Paradigm Learning Corporation of which Tapscott is Chief Executive: “NGEN Big Idea. The Net Generation: Key Findings from the Qualitative Study “My Internet Life”” by Mike Dover, Nikki Papadopoulos and Karolina Kibis, July 2007

          Numerous publications pertaining to New Paradigm’s Big Idea Information Technology & Competitive Advantage Program (Executive Director: Don Tapscott), all dated 2005

          Box 11

          Folder

          1. Lists of press clippings on the subject of Tapscott provided by the donor (these lists may be useful in identifying and locating published materials in Boxes 1-9)
          2. Photographs of Don Tapscott (ca. 60); also pencil sketch of Tapscott signed “Marcel 2008”
          3. Miscellaneous:
          - a biographical sketch outlining Tapscott’s major achievements up to 1997
          - a chart of music bands of Peterborough titled “Peterborough’s Rock & Roll Roots”: chart includes “John Bull’s Other Island 1966” of which Don Tapscott is listed as “keyboard” (note: this item was received from Alumni House, 2014)
          - invitation to “First International Conference on Reinventing Government”, n.d.

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