Emerging Issues Forum held in Raleigh

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Monday, February 9, 2015
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This year's theme is Innovation Reconstructed.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- State and business leaders gathered in Raleigh Monday for the annual Emerging Issues Forum.

This year, the forum's focus is on innovators in the state who are thriving and how technology is changing the way we live and do business.

"I think that the digital age is moving so quickly, it's kind of getting beyond our capacity as individuals, institutions and as a society, to comprehend it," said author and businessman Don Tapscott.

Tapscott was just one of the experts at the Innovation Summit talking about how to turn technology into jobs in North Carolina.

Tapscott knows technology is at the center of many of our everyday lives, and say we need to stay up to day on all the changes.

"It's affecting every grandparent and it's now affecting little children who have access to this technology. So it means we all need to step up and take personal responsibility, ensuring that we all control the technology and it doesn't control us," he explained.

Tapscott says if you have kids, keep up with the internet, and do a social contract with them.

"Write down a bunch of things: you'll give them access to the internet; you're not going to spy on them. But you want certain things from them. You want good work at school, you want them to have friends, you want them to be safe, you want them only to go to appropriate sites," he said.

For those at the summit, better technology also means more companies can kick-start their businesses in North Carolina, and in the end, bring money and opportunities to the state.

The Innovation Summit goes through Tuesday, and is not just about technology, but innovation in general and using that to make North Carolina competitive.

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