About

Dan Herman is co-founder and executive director of the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre)and a PhD Candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His research examines the impact of changing patterns of global economic activity on mature industrial economies, with a particular focus on how Canada adapts to an evolving global economy and increasing competition for innovation.

Dan previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, and was  the Program Director of nGenera Insight’s Government 2.0: Wikinomics, Government and Democracy research program that looked at how changes in technology, demography and economics impact both public and private sector organizations.

His research has contributed to Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything and MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, and has been commissioned by organizations such as the World Economic Forum, the Lisbon Council, and government organizations across Canada, Europe and the United States.

Dan is passionate about international and community development and has previously worked for the United Nations and TakingITGlobal in Sierra Leone – a project that focused on building cross-sectoral dialogue between local government, youth and civil society organizations and the international community. This passion extends to travel experience across over 50 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

In Waterloo, Dan is an active volunteer with Pathways to Education, is a member of the City of Waterloo’s Economic Development Committee, a board member for the Canadian International Council’s Waterloo Branch, a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo United Way’s Community Investment team, and plays a mentor and advisor role with the student leaders at AIESEC Laurier.

He holds a Masters in Development Studies in the Faculty of Economics at the London School of Economics, as well as a degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). While at WLU, Dan was a strong advocate for student issues, serving as the President and CEO of the Wilfrid Laurier University Student’s Union.

You can reach him at: danxherman (at)gmail (.com)


4 Comments on “About”

  1. Keep up the good work!

  2. Charlene says:

    I came across your site while looking for info on poverty and incarceration. Why? I am currently enrolled at FNTI & Ryerson in the Public Administration and Governance Program (I’m 46 years young and work full-time!) I just finished the last classroom lectures (intense mode…trust me – it’s intense!)for the Intergovernmental Relations course (heavy on Federalism) and found myself pondering poverty and incarceration. Perhaps because the “Harper Government” as it is now to be referred – has really taken a strong position on crime (Bill S-2 and S-6)and I found myself shuddering! I grew up poor (I worked my way out of poverty because I realized at a very, very young age that “this is not right!” I struggled in school but for some reason I knew that this would be my only way out. What I have discovered – or want to see is – education for all – regardless of economic, social or geographic situation. I’m like a dog with a bone and your site has just got me started. Thank You!

  3. Dan Herman says:

    Charlene, thank you for your message and congratulations on wrapping up your course work!

    I’m glad, and very flattered, that my writing might help in some small way. As for the topic you’re studying – attacking crime as the current government is seeking to do is understandable from an emotional point of view but has absolutely no objective, empirical evidence to back it up. Incarcerating criminals does nothing to address the root causes of crime. Rather we need to spend more on ensuring opportunities and services for children, youth and young adults, especially in at risk communities, including (though by no means limited to) our First Nations communities. Education is part of this strategy but so too are other non-academic opportunities around skills training for trade, life skills, etc. Unfortunately, the logic that you and I may share seems to evade many others…

    All the best, DH.

  4. Charlene says:

    Although I think I’m doing all of this (working and going to school) for myself – I have to admit -I’m doing it to prove that it can be done. But, the supports have to be place. Sites like yours help make that happen. Inspiration is what makes reality.


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