When the hacker ethic meets old ideas about brand

Organizational identity in an age of global collaboration

Open organizations apply principles from open source software development more broadly. Existing organizations find the open approach appealing because it promises gains in productivity and efficiency—but openness may have farther-reaching consequences than we anticipate or intend.

One influential set of open principles comes from Steven Levy’s book about the early history of the computing revolution, Hackers. Levy lays out what he calls “the Hacker Ethic,” and it begins with “the Hands-On Imperative”:

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