The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age - by Pekka Himanen[Reading report] by Thomas Dutertre


The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2011.

Pekka Himanen analyzes hackers' ethics from three perspectives: working ethics, money ethics and network ethics. He presents their activity as a free passion that gives pleasure, far away from the protestant work ethic. Hackers experiment, create and improve software. They are free and involved in a co-working logic, of free sharing of knowledge. For this reason, scientists, artists and researchers are all hackers.

Quote article  Thomas Dutertre, « The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age - by Pekka Himanen », 25 may 2013, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]

In the same section

The role of assisted resilience in the access to the labour market for young people from deprived areas

[Research paper]

[Research paper] : Juliette Simon

In deprived suburbs, due to the interaction of multiple factors, youth unemployment is much higher than in the rest of the population. In this context, numerous third sector and public sector organizations follow the purpose of favoring the access to employment for young people. Among these...

>>Read more

The smart-shrinkage of Detroit: between real alternative development and adjustment of traditional economic and urban policies

[Research paper]

[Research paper] : Maième Diop

In 2013, Detroit declares bankruptcy. Three main elements explain the situation : deindustrialization, racial tensions and suburbanization. Today, the size of the city is a central issue for urban policies which bring the issue of conciliating economic viability and social justice

>>Read more

Innovating in spite of ourselves?


[Essay] : Pierre Lacaze

Some inventions, like writing or cell phones have had successful destinies, while sometimes other ideas are born one day and perish not long after for lack of a sufficient audience. How is this selection made? What part does the originator of a new idea play in its posterity? Are there any means of...

>>Read more

Can agricultural producers gain a competitive advantage through Community subsidies?

[Research paper]

[Research paper] : Marie Chalopin

Community Supported Agriculture is intended to foster sustainable, diversified and local agriculture, at a price that is fair for both producers and consumers. Through such a scheme, producers should be able to recover all their production costs and earn a fair return. It seems that Community...

>>Read more

To save the planet, give up capitalism - by Hervé Kempf

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : Morgane Guilhe La Combe de Villers

Our generation's challenge is to resolve the environmental crisis and to establish a new economic model which would be consistent with the planet's needs. Hervé Kempf considers that time has come to abandon capitalism and come back to the logics of solidarity. To do so, it is necessary to change...

>>Read more

With the same doctype

Reading report

Money, a handbook, by Paul Jorion Using Aristotle' s interpretation of... by Olivier Torrente
The big tipping point The social... Jean-Michel Severino and Olivier Ray... by Marie Baranger
The White Man's Burden, by William... After more than 60 years of development... by Guillaume Angué
The Silent Transformations, by... Western thought, as much as the Greek... by Thomas Desdouits
Barefooted Bankers - by Jean-Michel... Jean-Michel Servet aims at presenting a... by Céline Lévy
Ecology, community and lifestyle We are going through a deep ecologic... by Margaux Vinez
Is Capitalism self-destructive? - by... This paper is not a faithful summary of... by Florent Gitiaux
Natural capitalism: creating the next... At the beginning of the 21st century,... by Claire Nativel
Indian Growth: a review of... In this article, Christophe Cottet... by Juliette Carcano
The Right to Useful Unemployment... People have to appeal to a doctor to... by Claire-Isabelle Roquebert