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. Download and start listening now!