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A Critical Need to Come Together Digitally
on January 23, 2013
Continuing to play the role of innovative thinkers and visionaries in their latest book, Tapscott and Williams believe that America must adopt a more collaborative approach to resolving its deepening economic crisis. This study is a very astute and intelligent attempt at showing how trust can be restored on many different fronts when people come together on a large scale with a common purpose of sharing big ideas for the benefit of all. The qualities to make this ideal world happen are found in our ability to allow new ideas to surface to challenge Corporate America's grip on things. By encouraging the `little guys' to form networks through the Internet for the purpose of exchanging information, new companies are emerging that produce more efficient forms of energy, cheaper forms of communication, and more reliable services. The planet's problems are too great to be left in the hands of corporate moguls who have a blighted history of getting it wrong more times than not. To prove the point that this vision is not just a lot of pie-in-the-sky, Tapscott and Williams look at a number of fields where future intellectual collaboration is critical for the effective harnessing of knowledge in the pursuit of economic development that benefits more than just the few. Healthcare, education, finance, government regulatory control, globalization, patents, intellectual property, mass media, and entertainment are all areas that are slowly yielding to the power of the Internet to bring people together in the hopes of shaping a better world. This book is full of illustrations as to how people are already starting to become better watchdogs of government and industry, how news can be more easily accessed, and how individuals are becoming more aware of rights and responsibilities. Getting to the next level where these changes actually transform society into a better place to live remains the big challenge. It will mean giving up rights, sharing power, sustaining resources, and crossing political lines. Simply having lots of money to throw at problems no longer works.