Global Solution Networks Leadership Team
Don Tapscott – Founder & Chairman
Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and social impacts of technology. He is the Inaugural Fellow of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, where he is an Adjunct Professor. He is currently the Chancellor of Trent University.
In 2013, Don launched Global Solution Networks (GSN) at MPI and onstage at the SXSW Interactive Festival, with the aim of identifying and studying new models of global problem solving. Later that year, Thinkers50, which produces the definitive list of the top management thinkers in the world, listed him as the 4th most influential living business thinker, and honored him with their Distinguished Achievement Award for Global Solutions.
He is a best-selling author of 15 books, including (with GSN’s Executive Editor Anthony Williams) Wikinomics (2006) and its follow-up, Macro-Wikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet (2008). He recently released The Digital Economy Anniversary Edition: Rethinking Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence (2014).
Joan Bigham – Executive Director
As Executive Director of Global Solution Networks, Joan she is responsible for the program’s design, execution and funding. She is a senior business development professional and has led the design and delivery of multiple syndicated research programs with Don Tapscott including the landmark initiatives Information Technology & Competitive Advantage and The Net Generation Strategic Investigation.
Joan is an experienced technology consultant and educator, concentrating on the transfer and application of strategic insights and knowledge to large organizations. She spent over a decade at Xerox Corporation, and was VP International Sales and Marketing for Xerox Computer Services. She founded her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, and she was instrumental in launching Knowledge Universe start-up Meansbusiness.com. Joan earned her doctoral degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership from Columbia University and is a board member of CAMH in Toronto.
Anthony D. Williams – Executive Editor Emeritus; Founder, DEEP Centre
Anthony is a leading authority on collaborative innovation and co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the groundbreaking bestseller Wikinomics and its follow-up Macro-Wikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet. He served as Executive Editor for Global Solution Networks for three years, where he also directed several research projects.
Anthony is Founder of the DEEP Centre – The Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance. He is also a senior fellow for innovation with the Lisbon Council in Brussels and chief advisor to Brazil’s Free Education Project, a national strategy to equip 2 million young Brazilians with the skills required for a 21st Century workforce. He is currently at work on a new book on how micro-multinationals are revolutionizing work, life and the global economy.