The Federal News Radio Book Club — Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott

The third episode of the Federal News Radio Book Club is coming up on Friday, April 17 at 2p on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s In Depth with Francis Rose . The third book is Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World by Don Tapscott… and Tapscott will be joining us for the hour.

UPDATE: You can hear the Federal News Radio Book Club here.

400000000000000097782_s4Tapscott is the author of Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, which he co-wrote with Anthony D. Williams. Even years later, I think Wikinomics is still one of the better explanations of the power of Web 2.0 thinking.

The reason I selected Grown Up Digital is that I think this is a very unique time for governments — a time when young people are looking at public service in a way that they haven’t in generations. But the real questions is whether governments are ready for this new generation. In Grown Up Digital, Tapscott argues that this generation is… well, wired differently. They are networked, and that they will be a powerful force for change. He argues that options is like oxygen, they want to customize… and they have great dis-truth detectors. And they want to innovate.

Does the federal government sound well tuned for this generation?

And that is why I selected this book because these are the people that agencies are going to have to attract.

As with previous sessions of the Federal News Radio Book Club, this is similar to the Oprah book club — so no, you don’t have to be anywhere, other then near your radio at 2p ET or online at

The Federal News Radio Book Club is something akin to the Oprah book club — but we talk about books that help feds do their jobs better. So unlike other book clubs, our “meetings” take place on the radio — Federal News Radio 1500 AM. And we’d love to hear your thoughts about these issues. You can send me your thoughts… Twitter them to me… or post them on our Facebook page about this month’s book club.

I hope you’ll join us.

Links to the previous Federal News Radio Book Club meetings:
* Discussing
The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey… More details and a link to hear that book club meeting here. And hear DOD Deputy CIO Dave Wennergren talking about this book here.
* Discussing Jeff Jarvis’s What Would Google Do?More details and a link to hear that book club meeting here.

Meanwhile, here is a video of Tapscott talking about the book.