What it means to be a digital nation

What does it mean to be a digital nation?

The #cda30 conference set a moon shot in 2010 for canada to become a digital nation by 2017 - the year we celebrate our country's 150th birthday.

One year later, it's unclear if we're any closer to achieving that goal.

Currently, Canadians spend more time online than any other country in the world. About 45 hours a month.  If you're reading this, it's probably a hell of a lot more than that for you.

What's the impact?

How will all this time on the web affect our brains? Will we be less empathetic? Will our attention spans be destroyed? Will we become robots? Noooooooooooo. We mean yessssssssssss. We mean...

What do we mean?

The key to moon shot success doesn't lie with technology.  It lies with our people.  Leveraging the connected consciousness of our talent is the first step toward a true digital nation.   

Connected, we're (re)teaching each other:

  • How to write;
  • How to think; 
  • How to be authentic; 
  • How to apply logic;
  • How to ignore logic and kill the status quo;
  • How to put passion into action.

These are the skills we can learn from each other we're learning from each other to solve problems like security and copyright, and to embrace the change necessary to effect a true digital revolution in this country.

The moon shot isn't in the cloud.  It's in you.