A perspective on connected systemic change – Don Tapscott

Significance: Don Tapscott’s taxonomy of multi-stakeholder networks helps to understand the complex landscape of solution partners in your work as a living bridge.

Context: Huge gathering of geeks
Today I listened to the insights of the wellknown futurist thinker and author Don Tapscott at the Campus Party Europe (#CPeurope), a gathering that happened first time in Berlin, at a huge old airport hangar, attracting thousands of “campuseros” (hackers, developers, gamers and geeks) around Europe. The concept of Campus Party has been created by four friends in Malaga, Spain, which were “united by their passion for new technologies and wanted to create a space where others with the same interests could come together”. The organization started with 250 and “now has offices in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Germany and the United States“. (more). Remind the Margaret Mead quote:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead, US anthropologist (1901 – 1978)

Rebooting institutions - Don Tapscott
From presentation “New Solutions for a Connected Planet” – Don Tapscott 2012 (c)

Don Tapscott’s taxonomy of multi-stakeholder networks
The quote above surely is in the spirit of Don Tapscott, who since years is talking and writing about the impact of new technologies on society and business. “Living Bridges” typically use the new social and collaborative technologies extensively and they can get some inspiration from the Tapscott stance on global challenges, transparency, openness and the potential of mass collaboration. The special thing I want to point you to is Don Tapscott’s enlightening taxonomy of multi-stakeholder networks. I recommend you to view the slides (which are from a different event).

Slide 33 – Click to go to preso “New Solutions for a Connected Planet” – Don Tapscott 2012 (c)

You find good examples of these nine types in the slideshare presentation. It is interesting to conceive the emerging Living Bridges Network as an instance of “7. Platforms” = “Some networks seek to provide platforms for other networks to organize.” – isn’t that, what we do here and in the facebook group? So we are in the nice neighborhood of Ushahidi. Discuss if your choice is different. Comment is free.



9 thoughts on “A perspective on connected systemic change – Don Tapscott

  1. This helps to recognized certain properties in social networks. Taken in context along with John Hagel’s notion of ‘Pull’ and other notions of “flow,” it feels like we are taking early, but important steps. It’s hard to break the cumulative effects living in a post-enlightenment, post-industrial, and neo-capitalism era (though it feels a little bit like the awareness that makes the toddler giddy with his first tentative steps).

    1. Thank you for your comment! We are witnessing the “primeval soup” of the next socio-economimical-(political) paradigm. It will not be perfect (as all the predecessors have not been) and it will come in varieties as the “classical” capitalisms have been. The coceptual elements are there and we try to puzzle them together to something new, a design enabling different trajectories of the value streams, different incentive loops. Exciting times. _Willi

  2. I see it not so enthusiastically. but others seem to: RT @dctp_tv: interview with Don Tapscott (@dtapscott) and @philipbanse from the #CPEurope is now online on dctp.tv..
    Don in my EYES has not done a taxonomy but a collection of items or issues without a comment frame and teh idea of coherence and connectedness. His quest is fine – is search for gloabl problem solving apps well phrased …… and now? My interest is to connect in the deep. See my questions to him invited from the floor: http://www.newciv.org/nl/newslog.php/_v396/__show_day/_w2012-08-25 and what it really means to “continue dancing the talk” – During the Keynote of Sir Tom Berners-Lee today we contiued with the GOOGLE THinktak Speaker Alexander Bard – more and more people comming during his talk and staying on !! we finally continued in the Press Launch in a circle ! thrilling to see that it is possble to keep the attention – even in competition to a “Sir” who invewnted the Internet in a pack of 10.000 Geeks. I will continue reporting on this on quergeist info anfo about the meaning navigation and futures creation and that the App is about to be born as it was coneptualized and conceived by our forefathers long ago – we only need to apply and translate/transform it to the potential modern ways and means. Call it Stammtisch 2.0 and 3.0 and link Hegel, Humboldt and Ritter ! It was exciting that Alexander was deeply knowledgable about all theses pillars, maybe they be called Hanna Ahrend or Gilles Deleuze, or Hegel and Carl Ritter !! and .that a crown of people went with us into sharing and learning nearly 1 1/2 after the session !! we did what was requested in all these top key-notes. I will report. meanwhile maybe check pitch at Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society: GOOGLE-HUMBOLDT-Internet/Society: tinyurl.com/internet-society and these short video clips at Brandenburg Gate in the Speakers Corner: Freedom of Expression – Speakers Corner youtube.com/watch?v=lzx5wXvAjbc or this clip from the Entrepreneuship Summit: TALK-COMMUNICATION: vimeo.com/15945332 – It is time to dance the talk and avoid all this labeling and fighting over words and turfs!! Christakis SDP Essentials: benking.de/futures/Christakis-SDP-Essentials.pdf and check the essential requirements for authentic dialog, deliberation and multi-track peacemaking and democracy… more at: 21stCenturyAgoras.org and OPEN-LIQUI_LIVING DEMOCRACY Aand GOVERNANCE at http://open-forum.de/Stammtisch-2-0-3-0–Benking-GOV-2-0.pdf (2009) http://open-forum.de/futures/Rundgespraech-2-3-0-OpenGovernment-Berlin-2011.pdf (2011) and these interviews: EUROPEsWORLD: Dialog-Participation-Policy: tinyurl.com/Predicament-Humanity hastily cheers & “Good Night &Good Luck” !! for all living things and thinks after 4 days of OPEN CAMPUS with keynotes at least of the same class ! HEiner

  3. Willi, you might have missed my twitter feed: ‏@HeinerBenking
    Mainstage: Sir Tim Berners-Lee – Backstage: Alexander Bard, Google thinktank holding the audience with “SYNTHEISM” & I would add “PRAGMATISM&WISDOM philosophy”: the FUTURICA TRILOGY http://quergeist.info check !! #CPEurope and there: http://www.newciv.org/nl/newslog.php/_v396/__show_day/_w2012-08-25 about the FUTURICA TRILOGY – ALEXANDER BARD !! at stage PYTHAGORAS. Alex is think tanker of GOOGLE in SF and so we were able to go on for nearly 1 1/2 hour when Sir Berners-Lee was talking and we “exercised” sharing depth and meaning, participation and dialog design, solving global real-virtual augmented problems & solutions, risks and challenges. Maybe check my last presentation pitch of CPEurope at the final BAR CAMP at 17:30 : “sharing – caring – daring ….. ” check the quergeist.info blog…..

  4. For me this all falls into place, lean thinking, system dynamics, organizational learning, and presencing. Yet what is missing a larger common field of action. Is it arts?

    1. Thank you Ralf, and I want to add to this “circle of convergence”: Art of Hosting, Appreciative Inquiry and so many more methods and initiatives, big and small e.g. school of commoning.

      A “larger common field of action” – is it arts? Do we need such field? My personal opinion is that the arts are great for so many “deep processes” – understanding oneself and the other (allocentric understanding), existential and political (from Euripides to Shakespeare and Brecht), literature, theater, dance, painting. While “pop culture” is more on the repetitive (Drayton) and entertaining side (and we need to relax, feel good, sure!), the arts in (post)modern society are more demanding and ambitious.

      BTW: There is inevitable friction to the “mass culture” because of “cognitive difference” – this means the uneducated ear and eye just does not hear and see, and so some anger is emerging. But why then is the major part of the subsystem of institutional arts somehow so much in routines and passivity? Is there a structural incliniation to be coupled to the political system, the boring left/right camp distinction e.g.?

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