Author Archives: Anthony Williams

Anthony D. Williams is a best-selling author, speaker and consultant who helps organizations worldwide harness the power of collaborative innovation in business, government and society. Read more about Anthony.

Toronto Star Features Macrowikinomics

A Turning Point in History
“The good news is that society now has at its disposal the most powerful platform ever for bringing together the people, skills and knowledge we need to solve many of the issues plaguing the world.”
Solving the World’s Problems by Internet
“Macrowikinomics makes the claim that mass collaboration over the web can help address issues such as health care, transportation and even climate change.”
Five Easy Pieces
“Today, however, the collaboration and social connections of the Internet (half a billion Facebook users, for example) mean people in business, government, and society at large have powerful new tools for reinventing our institutions around a new set of organizing principles for the twenty-first century.”   Read more

The Economist Reviews Macrowikinomics

With just 5 days to go before the official book launch, media reviews are going to start flooding in. Today, The Economist writes The wiki way: Two cyber-gurus take a second look at how the internet is changing the world.   Read more

Republican “Climate Zombies” Poised To Control US Senate?

The hopes of any meaningful action on climate change emanating from the US Government could be quashed if, as expected, Republican candidates fare well in the upcoming elections. According to the Wonk Room, a blog run by the Center …   Read more

Internet = Democracy In China. Not Really According To Chatham House

Conventional wisdom suggests that as China grows richer it will also become more liberal, following essentially the same path of development as today’s advanced democracies. The Internet is supposed to accelerate this process by equipping …   Read more

Cool Open Source Web Tool For Probing Climate Data

After posting about the efforts of climate scientists to build a global climate databank for predicting extreme weather events, I got a note from Dave Jarvis who recently built a cool open source tool for exploring weather trends across Canada since 1900. Just choose a location in Canada and within seconds you can pull up historical trends ranging from minimum, mean and maximum temperatures to average daily rain and snowfalls   Read more

Mass Collaboration To Improve Climate Data — A New Frontier In Citizen Science

Scientists meeting in the UK this week are crafting a revolutionary new project aimed at transforming their ability to predict meteorological disasters. The goal, as reported by the Guardian, “is to create an international databank that …   Read more

American Universities: The Detroit Of Higher Learning?

Are we seeing the end of university as we know it? On the surface the claim sounds ludicrous. After all, university enrolment is at an all-time high and the competition to get into the most …   Read more

Does The Green State Of Denmark Really Show The Way Forward?

Denmark is renown for wind power and its impressive accomplishments in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions at a time when those of most other countries are growing vociferously. Today, 20 per cent of the …   Read more

Can Wikinomics Help Rescue The IPCC?

The review committee set up to help revive the beleaguered IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) filed its report yesterday with proposals for wide-ranging changes to the way climate science is done.   Read more

Climate Activists Spoofed On Twitter

For years I’ve been a fan of the Yes Men and the outrageous impersonation stunts they have deployed to (in their words) publicly humiliate leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else.   Read more