The Hacker Ethic: A Radical Approach to the Philosophy of Business (Paperback)

By Pekka Himanen, Linus Torvalds (Prologue by), Manuel Castells (Epilogue by)
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You may be a hacker and not even know it. Being a hacker has nothing to do with cyberterrorism, and it doesn’t even necessarily relate to the open-source movement. Being a hacker has more to do with your underlying assumptions about stress, time management, work, and play. It’s about harmonizing the rhythms of your creative work with the rhythms of the rest of your life so that they amplify each other. It is a fundamentally new work ethic that is revolutionizing the way business is being done around the world.

Without hackers there would be no universal access to e-mail, no Internet, no World Wide Web, but the hacker ethic has spread far beyond the world of computers. It is a mind-set, a philosophy, based on the values of play, passion, sharing, and creativity, that has the potential to enhance every individual’s and company’s productivity and competitiveness. Now there is a greater need than ever for entrepreneurial versatility of the sort that has made hackers the most important innovators of our day. Pekka Himanen shows how we all can make use of this ongoing transformation in the way we approach our working lives.

About the Author

Linus Torvalds was born in Finland. He graduated from the University of Helsinki and lives with his wife, the six-time karate champion of Finland, and his children. Linus currently works as a programmer on several projects for Transmeta.

Manuel Castells is Professor of Sociology and Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor of the Information Society at the Open Catalan University (UOC), in Barcelona.

Martin Ince is a freelance journalist and contributing editor of the "Times Higher Education Supplement "where he was formerly deputy editor. This is his eighth book..

Praise For…

“A person can be a hacker without having anything to do with computers.”
—Pekka Himanen

“A thoroughly spirited and commendable framework for human creativity.”
—Financial Times

“As comprehensive and instructive as any [survey] to date... Himanen has a powerful grasp on that strangely intoxicating contradiction that is open-source.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Engagingly written and provocative, and indubitably commendable in its vision of a transformation of how all of us relate to our working life....We should all be more like hackers.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375758782
ISBN-10: 037575878X
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publication Date: February 12th, 2002
Pages: 256
Language: English