When Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams wrote Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything in 2007, the business world was experiencing major shifts in growth, innovation and communications. The social web had turned the business model inside out, inspiring ideas, conversations and opportunities within companies and external communities that included people of all ages and backgrounds from all around the world. For the first time in history, young people were experts on emerging technology and embraced the opportunities that came with the new web.

Five years later, the rise of new collaborative communities and the demographic revolution have championed social movements in the wake of the great recession, insurrection in the Arab Spring, and have revitalized ailing communities from across all sectors.

We’re seeing astronomers reinvent science with the help of students, teachers and parents. Patients who have life-altering illnesses are crowdsourcing their data to fast-track treatment discoveries and research. Developers are creating tools to help citizens use their mobile phones to report election fraud and to help emergency response teams. At the same time, we’ve seen the success and scrutiny that have come with breakthrough campaigns like the Kony 2012 video.

We are in the age of networked intelligence. Citizens and communities from the four corners of the world are reinventing society.

On Thursday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. Don Tapscott, who will be giving the opening talk at TEDGlobal 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland, will visit Toronto to present at the MaRS Global Leadership Series. His presentation, “New Solutions for a Connected Planet,” will cover the five principles for the age of networked intelligence and the Global Problem Solving initiative with the World Economic Forum and the Martin Prosperity Institute.

Attendees will receive a copy of Tapscott’s latest book on social innovation: Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet.

Register here to see Don Tapscott. His talk is presented by Accenture.

Celina Agaton

Celina Agaton consults as the digital and community engagement director for the Tapscott Group. She specializes in civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration. She is also a David Suzuki ambassador, a NetSquared global advisor and a Food Forward board member. See more…