Don Tapscott: Four principles for the open world

I was searching transparency and education and came up with this TED talk on the open world (Tapscott, 2012).

Tapscott enlists us to think globally; to work together using the concept of openness. We know that our people expect transparency. He points out that it this is a result of technology, the Internet, and the information age thinking.

It is interesting to me that this is in fact an expectation of our organizations, government, and educational systems. He posits that social media has expanded our collaborations so that we expect tools for collecting information to be at our fingertips; that it builds trust within our transitions. He notes that knowledge and intelligence conveys power. He referred to this generation as one of “networked intelligence”.


Tapscott, D. June, 2012. Four principles for the open world. TED Global 2012. Retrieved from:

Mind Shift: How we will learn.

Educators in K-12 schools are fearful of Internet sites. What are they concerned about? Primarily sites that are unfit for students of this age. In overcoming this inhibition, though, they often have to overcome the district’s technology standards. Again, these are in place for the protection of young minds. With all these good motives we have excluded a wealth of good resources. Would it be more advisable to teach learners to use the resources available to them on the Internet wisely? Note the Websites that many schools do not let through the filters.