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Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success (Kindle Single) (TED Books Book 28) [Kindle Edition]

Don Tapscott , Anthony D. Williams
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All over the world, the way people connect and collaborate is undergoing an astonishing transformation. Smart organizations are shunning their old, secretive practices and embracing transparency. Companies are widely sharing intellectual property and releasing patents. And movements for freedom and justice are exploding everywhere as organizations like Wikileaks spread information faster than every before. Though these movements may differ, they all share one idea: radical openness. In 'Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success', Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams show how this revolutionary new philosophy is affecting every facet of our society, from the way we do business to whom we chose to govern us. But while radical openness promises many exciting transformations, it also comes with new risks and responsibilities. How much information should we share and with whom? What are the consequences of disclosing the intimate details of our business and personal lives?

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"Radical Openness challenges innovators everywhere to step into the opportunities of a hyper-connected world." - Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District 

"On each page of this work, you get a better understanding of both the wonders and the 'watch-outs' of living in this Open world." - Kevin Kimberlain, Chairman, Spencer Trask

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  • File Size: 1421 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: TED Conferences; 28 edition (January 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B14RIQS
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Vision for Succeeding in the Digital Age January 20, 2013
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Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams are brilliant thought leaders on how business, government, and society in the 21st Century can leverage technologies to achieve exciting new opportunities. Radical Openness is the latest in a series of books filled with real world examples to convey an insightful vision of the future. This quick read is broken into four parts:

1. Why smart organizations embrace transparency with customers, stakeholders, and society to foster trust and accelerate business progress.
2. Innovative and successful companies are dissolving corporate boundaries.
3. How companies who tightly guarded their IP transition to a shared IP model, managed like a mutual fund portfolio.
4. How the proliferation of global freedom and justice movements are shaking up the global balance of power.

They describe how digital technologies slash transition and collaboration costs allowing new ecosystems of companies and organizations to work together in new ways and tap a global pool of talent. Enabling users to participate in innovation improves company success rates and customer satisfaction. Focusing on dynamic platforms to provide opportunities for partners to contribute and collaboratively innovate. The advancement of IT in the Digital Age provides societies powerful insight into massive amounts of information. This access enables freedom, openness, integrity, and collaboration where everyone can participate in a sustainable global economy.

Radical Openness is a great read for those who want to develop strategies and leverage digital technology to effective lead an innovative enterprise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smart read January 27, 2013
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Enjoyed reading this eBook very much. It's a quick read (took me 45 minutes). But in that brief time, the authors give us a refreshing view of the power of collaboration. With sweeping breadth, Tapscott and Williams offer example after example of how people are harnessing contemporary communications tools. From skunkworks projects to massive corporate initiatives to spontaneous eruptions of social change, they drive home the point that any form of problem-solving can be enhanced with Openess and Transparency.
On each page of this work, you get a better understanding of both the wonders and the 'watch-outs' of living in this Open world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The title of the book is actually misleading - the required openness in the age of connectivity - social connectivity, that is - may be perceived by many as radical - but it isn't, it is simply smart. But yes, "smart openness" wouldn't have been quite as strong a title.

The book smartly opens doors to new understanding - helping to take companies et al from an industrial age thinking to seeing the great potential of today and tomorrow. Sharing information, data, metrics, patents, research has never been easier - and has never had more potential to bring crystal clear business value. The companies that smartly begin to share what it knows will find new innovative solutions with the wealth of brainpower outside its firewalls. That's the company of the future - the company who will surpass the one that clings to rigid protection of all its intellectual property.

Packed into a small volume, this is a very important book. It has the power to foster a major mindshift that will lead to more and smarter innovation, greater business opportunities and a far more social business culture across the globe that will benefit the many.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good intro... August 4, 2013
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This is a good introductory read for anyone interested in learning more about the considerations that should be accounted for when engaging in the issue of openness & transparency for both individuals & organizations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking March 11, 2014
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This ebooklet challenges the reader to consider how connectiveness and collaboration are changing events around us. Thought provoking and insightful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time August 30, 2013
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This book outlines a clear understanding of why collaboration and opening up IP is important for all organisations to address to be successful for their stakeholders, including most importantly their employees.

A book that must be read for its simplicity of message on openness and for its impact on thinking more about sharing and less about hoarding knowledge.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept, a little light June 16, 2013
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More a recognition of a trend than an explication of a trend ... the roots of it, however, implied in the title's 'radical' are left largely unexplored and I wanted some framework for understanding beyond the descriptions of what has happened. But as a source of immediate information about the trend and in terms of identifying the elements that constitute the change Williams is describing, it was great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing
Openness for the new world: Let's do it!
Published 1 month ago by Javier Andrés Montaño Guzmán
5.0 out of 5 stars This ushers in a new age
Brilliant and incisive it shows me a new direction for my technology. I will apply the principles of collaborative innovation to completing my work on converting waste to energy in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Arundhati
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the authors and fully agree with the idea behind ...
Fully agree with the idea behind the book and the message it covers. However lacks information and clarity. Otherwise a great intro on the idea of corporate openness
Published 10 months ago by Dion Eade
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern perspective
This was a very interesting read - and is relevant across a range of disciplines. I recommend it for everyone - the world is a changing place. Open your eyes and see it! :)
Published on April 28, 2013 by Ms Joanne McKeown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I'm a big fan of the openness ideas when applied to business and government. I seem much of future trending this way. It's not deeply academic, but still worth the read.
Published on March 29, 2013 by Jason
2.0 out of 5 stars Good examples, overall argument could be better
I like the book and really agree with the point it's making. I feel like it left a lot on the table; it could have presented a much more compelling case. Read more
Published on March 20, 2013 by Nicholas Sowden
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
The focus of the book is not exactly what I thought it was. Still enjoyed reading about the topic of openness as presented by Tapscott and Williams.
Published on January 30, 2013 by Richard Cruz
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More About the Author

Don is one of the world's leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impacts of technology. He is CEO of the Tapscott Group, a think tank that regularly advises business and government leaders. Don is also the Founder and Executive Director of Global Solution Networks, a multi-million dollar program investigating networked models for cooperation, problem solving and governance. In 2013, Thinkers50 listed him as the 4th most important business thinker in the world.

Don has authored or co-authored 15 books, including most recently, The Digital Economy Anniversary Edition: Rethinking Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence (October 2014); Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet (2012); Grown Up Digital (2008); and, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006).

He is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Rotman School of Management and the inaugural fellow at the Martin Prosperity Institute. In 2013, Don was appointed Chancellor of Trent University. He also plays the Hammond B3 organ in the band Men in Suits, which has raised millions of dollars for charity.

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