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.

Cognitive Surpluses And Deficits

About two months back I was asked by the Globe and Mail to review Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus and Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows, two books with sharply contrasting accounts of the digital age to date. …   Read more

Wikinomics And The Era Of Openness: European Innovation At The Crossroads

For the past couple of months I have been working with the wonderful folks at the Lisbon Council in Brussels to prepare a report that examines the economic challenges facing Europe — and the innovative solutions that many entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and citizens are devising to succeed in networked world. The report was launched last week in Brussels at an event that also featured Europe’s new innovation commissioner , Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. You can see video highlights below and download the full report here   Read more Features Global Problem-solving Podcast has a little write up of my conversation with Dave Witzel and Jerry Michalski earlier today. The post on does a decent job of capturing the main thesis, but the conversation itself covered more ground, including some reflections on the changing roles of business, government and individual citizens in addressing environmental problems and a discussion about how social innovations that reach across borders and cultures will challenge traditional conceptions of democracy   Read more

Rebooting The University

In the forthcoming Macrowikinomics , Don Tapscott and I will be arguing that we’ve gone beyond wikinomics to a more encompassing societal shift as businesses and communities bypass crumbling institutions and old ways of doing business.   Read more