Anthony Williams

Co-author, MacroWikinomics and Wikinomics
Co-founder and President, Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance

Mass collaboration, peer production and Web 2.0.

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Biography

Anthony D. Williams is co-founder and president of the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre) and co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the groundbreaking bestseller Wikinomics. The Economist called his latest work, Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet, a “Schumpeterian story of creative destruction” and the Huffington Post said the book is “nothing less than a game plan to fix a broken world.”

Among other appointments, Anthony is an expert advisor to the Markle Foundation’s Initiative for America’s Economic Future, a senior fellow for innovation with the Lisbon Council in Brussels, executive editor for the Global Solutions Network at the Martin Prosperity Institute 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.

Anthony was recently a committee member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Science for the EPA’s Future, a visiting fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and Program Chair for the 18th World Congress on Information Technology in Montreal. His work on technology and innovation has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review and The Globe and Mail. He is currently at work on a new book on how micro-multinationals are revolutionizing work, life and the global economy.

Credentials

  • Co-founder and President, Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance
  • Visiting Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto
  • Senior Fellow for Innovation, Lisbon Council
  • Program Chair for the 18th World Congress on Information Technology
  • Committee Member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Science for the EPA’s Future
  • Chief Advisor, Brazil’s Free Education Project
  • Advisor, GovLoop
  • Founding Fellow, OpenForum Academy
  • Former Senior Fellow, nGenera Insight
  • Consultant to the World Bank and other international institutions

Books

Radical Openness

Four Unexpected Principles for Success

Anthony Williams and Don Tapscott

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 their compelling new book Radical Openness, Don Tapscott and Anthony 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?

TED Conferences; 28 edition (January 14, 2013)

MacroWikinomics

New Solutions for a Connected Planet

Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

In their bestseller Wikinomics, Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams showed the world how mass collaboration was changing the way businesses communicate, create value, and compete in the new global marketplace.

This sequel shows that in more than a dozen fields — from finance to health care, science to education, the media to the environment — we have reached a historic turning point. Collaborative innovation is revolutionizing not only the way we work, but how we live, learn, create govern, and care for one another. The wiki revolutions of the Arab Spring were only one example of how rebuilding civilization was not only possible but necessary.

With vivid examples from diverse sectors, Macrowikinomics is a hand-book for people everywhere seeking a transformation of industry and institutions by embracing a new set of guiding principles, including openness and interdependence. Tapscott and Williams argue that this new communications medium, like the printing press before it, is enabling nothing less than the birth of a new civilization.

Portfolio Trade (May 29, 2012)

Macrowikinomics

Rebooting Business and the World

Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

The sequel to the groundbreaking and bestselling Wikinomics, with new ideas and applications for mass collaboration.

In their 2007 bestseller Wikinomics, Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams taught the world how mass collaboration was changing the way businesses communicate, compete, and succeed in the new global marketplace. But much has changed in three years, and the principles of wikinomics are now more powerful than ever.

In this new age of networked intelligence, businesses and communities are bypassing crumbling institutions. We are altering the way our financial institutions and governments operate; how we educate our children; and how the healthcare, newspaper, and energy industries serve their customers.

In every corner of the globe, businesses, organizations, and individuals alike are using mass collaboration to revolutionize not only the way we work, but how we live, learn, create, and care for each other. You'll meet innovators such as:

  • An Iraq veteran whose start-up car company is "staffed" by over 45,000 competing designers and supplied by microfactories around the country
  • A "micro-lending" community where 570,000 individuals help fund new ventures-from Azerbaijan to the Ukraine
  • An online community for people with life-altering diseases that's also a large scale research project

Once again backed by original research, Tapscott and Williams provide vivid, new examples of organizations that are successfully embracing the principles of wikinomics.

Portfolio (October 2010)

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Special ReportBloomberg Businessweek

Reviews

A Book I Had to Put DownEngaged Learning
MacrowikinomicsCSRwire
Book ReviewExecutive Book Summaries
Reach Out and Touch EveryoneThe Huffington Post
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Praise

"Fully networked solutions are no longer a dream of collaboration, they are today's reality as companies expect their business processes to run seamlessly across virtual boundaries, including their customers, partners, and suppliers. Tapscott and Williams underscore the importance of this concept, and the vital role technology plays in enabling new levels of business innovation and collaboration."
— Bill McDermott, Co-CEO, SAP AG

Wikinomics

How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Anthony Williams

How winning companies innovate in the new age of Wikipedia and My Space. Based on a major study organized by best-selling author Don Tapscott, Wikinomics explains some of the most profound changes of our time.

Interconnected through blogs, Wikis, chat rooms, peer-to-peer networks, and personal broadcasting, millions of people now use the Web as the first global platform for collaboration. Consumers, employees, suppliers, business partners, and even competitors now harness technology to innovate together.

In the world of Wikinomics, the choices for collaboration are endless. You can produce a television news clip for YouTube or create a community around your photo collection on Flickr. You can plug into InnoCentive and join Procter & Gamble’s virtual R&D department, or codesign the interactive features for your next BMW.

This new participation — “peer production” — is changing how goods and services are invented, produced, marketed, and distributed on a global basis. It presents farreaching opportunities for every company and individual.

With vivid and engaging examples based on five years of unprecedented research, Wikinomics explains the deep changes in technology, demographics, and business that will allow people to participate in the economy like never before.

Expanded Edition: Portfolio Hardcover; Expanded edition (April 17, 2008)
Portfolio Hardcover (December 2006)

Topics

Anthony tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

Future of Healthcare (Keynote)

Rising costs, and aging population and an epidemic of poor health are placing an unsustainable burden on today’s health care system. Unfortunately, none of the political proposals that have been floated before Congress — either by Republicans or by Democrats — come anywhere close to solving the problems.

And yet, there are reasons for optimism that we improve healthcare dramatically in the decades to come. Profound opportunities for health innovation are being enabled by digital technologies that can help make the health care system smarter, more efficient and safer than the system we have today. When combined with new principles for how to foster health innovation, these technologies offer the potential to radically transform the way we foster wellness in society and deliver health care when people get sick.

MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World

In the 2007 bestseller Wikinomics, co-author Anthony D. Williams showed the world how mass collaboration was changing the way businesses communicate, create value, and compete in the new global marketplace. Now, in the wake of the global financial crisis, the principles of wikinomics have become more powerful than ever. While many traditional institutions and organizations seem stuck in the past and unable to move forward, Williams marshals new evidence to show how collaborative innovation is already revolutionizing the way we work, live, learn, create, govern, and care for one another.

In a new talk based on the sequel, Macrowikinomics (with Don Tapscott), Williams explains how to profit from a powerful new model of economic and social innovation that is sweeping across all sectors in every corner of the globe — one where people with drive, passion and expertise take advantage of new Web-based tools to get more involved in making the world more prosperous, just and sustainable. This new model of collaborative innovation is now transforming our economy and all of society, creating new opportunities for innovation and success in diverse sectors ranging from software and pharmaceuticals to healthcare, energy, finance, media and many others.

Drawing on an entirely new set of vivid examples, Williams shares insights gleaned from some of the world’s most dynamic innovators, from self-organized healthcare communities to for-profit startups that are applying the principles of wikinomics to change the world.

Collaborative Healthcare and the Future of Medicine

Around the world, health care systems are under severe stress with rising costs, aging populations and a growing epidemic of poor health placing an unsustainable burden on public and private finances. While politicians tinker with funding models, best-selling author Anthony D. Williams argues that only a much more profound rethinking of health care will be sufficient to fix a broken healthcare paradigm. In MacroWikinomics (with Don Tapscott), Williams brings fresh thinking and real solutions to the health care debate with a provocative new model for medicine he calls ‘collaborative healthcare.’ “The Web 2.0 enables people to self-organize, contribute to the total sum of knowledge, share information, support each other and become active in manag- ing their own health,” says Williams. “And increased collaboration and engagement, in turn, improves outcomes for patients, doctors, taxpayers and drug makers.”

In this groundbreaking lecture, Williams describes four key tenets of collaborative healthcare.

  • First, all people involved in the system of healthcare, including the patients, should use the Web as a platform to share information, deliver care and build healthcare communities around shared medical interests and goals.
  • Second, when born, everyone should get a website: a Personal Health Page (PHP) that provide patients with a personal window into his or her own health and a secure channel for interacting and sharing data with health professionals.
  • Third, extensive digital collaboration among all stakeholders would generate vast amounts of data that should be mined for new medical insights and become part of the knowledge base for science, health and medicine.
  • Finally, physicians and other medical personnel should become more engaged online, embracing smart Web-based applications and self-monitoring tools for patients.

In a talk illustrated with rich and engaging examples, Williams demonstrates how these innovations would result in a system that is cheaper, safer and better than what we have today.

Harnessing the Power of Collaborative Innovation

In the 2007 bestseller Wikinomics, co-author Anthony D. Williams showed the world how mass collaboration was changing the way businesses communicate, create value, and compete in the new global marketplace. Now, in the much-anticipated follow-up *Macrowikinomics (with Don Tapscott), Williams argues that companies and organizations across all sectors must fundamentally rethink the way they innovate and create value. Gone are the days when companies could develop new products in closed-off laboratories in an incremental, even slow and predictable rhythm. Successful companies today use the Web as a platform to tap into global sources of knowledge and ingenuity, including partners, suppliers, scientific communities, freelance contributors and especially their customers.

Drawing on examples from diverse sectors ranging from software and pharmaceuticals to healthcare, energy, finance and media, Williams shows a profitable way forward for enterprises, large and small. Leading organizations must treat the world as their R&D department, says Williams, and focus full-time staff on value integration and execution. All of this adds up to a new kind of collaborative enterprise, one that is constantly shaping and reshaping clusters of knowledge and capability to compete on a global basis.

Wikinomics and the Global Network for Higher Learning

The digital revolution underway today is bringing profound change and great opportunity to the world of education. To succeed in this new era, bestselling author Anthony D. Williams argues that innovation is required in two vast and interwoven aspects of education. First, the old industrial model of “broadcast learning” should be replaced with a new model called “collaborative learning.” Education should not revolve around the act of absorbing static content and then recalling it on exams, says Williams. Instead, teachers, students and content providers should exploit the interactive power of the Web to build rich educational experiences and communities, thereby addressing the unique learning needs and styles of a new generation of digital natives.

Through examples from great institutions like MIT, Williams also argues that we need an entirely new modus operandi for how the content of higher education—the subject matter, course materials, texts, written and spoken word and other media — is created. Rather than the old textbook publishing model, Williams sees an opportunity for universities, professors, publishers and other participants to build a Global Network for Higher Learning: a digital platform of world-class educational resources that students and teachers everywhere can access throughout their lifetimes. Organizations that embrace collaborative learning and collaborative knowledge production, says Williams, have a chance of surviving and even thriving in the networked, global economy.

Rebooting the Public Square: Using Wikinomics to Transform Government

In the wake of the global financial crisis, the pressure is on governments everywhere to reinvent themselves. The good news, according to best-selling author Anthony D. Williams, is that the public sector can now seize new models of online collaboration and innovation to reduce or control their spending while still providing the high quality services that the public demands. In this internationally acclaimed talk, Williams shows how smart government agencies around the world are using online collaboration to cut across departmental silos, improve policy outcomes, reduce costs, and increase public value. Now all levels of governments must catch up, he says, by engaging increasingly wired citizens in conversation and using online collaboration to discover and leverage untapped sources of innovation in the private and non-profit sectors.

According to Williams, large-scale, Web-enabled collaborations are already being used to evaluate and improve public services and channel greater ingenuity and urgency into efforts to solve global challenges like financial reform and climate change. Backed millions of dollars of research conducted in association with nGenera and funded by over a dozen national governments, Anthony D. Williams’ talk on the future of government is packed with vivid examples and practical insights for public administrators, business executives and citizens alike.

Wikinomics: Harnessing Collaboration to Change the Way Associations Do Business

Government 2.0: Wikinomics, Government & Democracy

Attracting and Engaging Net Generation Employees

Videos

The Growth Opportunity

Macrowikinomics: Wikinomics Meets the Green Energy Economy

Feedback

An international hotel chain:
Thank you again for joining us at today's town hall and sharing your very broad perspective on mass collaboration, technology and the potential that it creates in the world. While we've not surveyed the team, I have already received many positive comments and, from the Q&A, the team seemed inspired to act immediately on your suggestions.

A global leader in IP service fulfillment solutions:
Mr. Williams was a great success! He message was perfect for our audience. Thank you for recommending him.

An economic development organization:
Anthony certainly met our expectations as a speaker. I felt he was well-prepared for our audience and was very accommodating towards some new things we wanted to incorporate directly into his presentation. We received some very nice comments from our guests, ranging from "thought-provoking" to "engaging" to "very important" and "enlightening." As our intention is to help companies be more innovative, these are exactly the types of comments we seek. I would recommend Anthony Williams to any group looking for elucidation around current business or societal trends, innovation and use of technology.

A major leadership association:
Anthony did a phenomenal job kicking off our Association Technology Conference. I really enjoyed his presentation style and his message...It was really great working with you and your team at the Leigh Bureau. We would definitely recommend Anthony to anyone should you ever need a reference!

A national library:
Anthony Williams was very well received. He did an excellent job all the way through. He also had the opportunity to network with some very interesting people including the Library [...] leadership. I think he was very happy with us as well.

Thanks for all your help during this process. You have all been very accommodating and supportive.