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TedX Brooklyn: Hackers and redefining better

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The theme of TedX Brooklyn was redefining better. In this talk, I explore how the hacker ethos has given us the tools to change the world.

The theme of TedX Brooklyn was redefining better. In this talk, I explore how the hacker ethos has given us the tools to change the world.

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  • 1. Redefining Better TedXBrooklyn Chad Dickerson CEO, Etsy @chaddickerson December 2, 2011
  • 2. better
  • 3. Hackers can do almost anything and be ahacker.  You can be a hacker carpenter.  Itsnot necessarily high tech.  I think it has todo with craftsmanship and caring aboutwhat youre doing. Burrell Smith Designer of Macintosh motherboard
  • 4. Hacking might be characterized as “anappropriate application of ingenuity.” — Eric Raymond
  • 5. The Hacker Ethic Hands-on learning Sharing Openness Decentralization Improving the world
  • 6. In the emerging, highly programmedlandscape ahead, you will eithercreate the software or you will be thesoftware. It’s really that simple:Program, or be programmed. — Douglas Rushkoff
  • 7. Two simple “rules”
  • 8. Take something from idea to prototype in a day
  • 9. Demo it at the end of theday, in two minutes or less
  • 10. “a wonderful bazaar of dreamers showingtheir ideas made real.”
  • 11. “life-changing”
  • 12. What makesHack Days special?
  • 13. Almost no rules
  • 14. No obvious leader
  • 15. “Prepared environment”
  • 16. Ideas united with action
  • 17. Don’t bullshit —just play.— Wynton Marsalis
  • 18. Cultivation of joy
  • 19. Story-telling
  • 20. Faith in people
  • 21. I learned that inspiration might be theworld’s only renewable energy sourceand it scales like a motherf*****. My blog post after Open Hack Day “Yahoo! Open Hack Day: How it all came together”
  • 22. The world is beinghacked, right now.
  • 23. #egypt
  • 24. ”We use Facebook to schedule the protests,"Twitter to coordinate, and YouTube to tell theworld." – Egyptian Activist
  • 25. Thank you, Facebook
  • 26. #OWS
  • 27. Hack your company.
  • 28. Hack your country.
  • 29. Hack your world.
  • 30. Photo credits and sources• http://www.flickr.com/photos/danieloliverio/6252676907/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/lhl/241180672/• http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a9/Douglas_Rushkoff.jpg• http://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolnian/304477845/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/26686573@N00/5059088848/ (The_Brit_2)• http://www.flickr.com/photos/chad/163890393/ -• http://www.flickr.com/photos/freshelectrons/166492035/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/andypiper/561849829/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/4792764923/• http://www.wired.com/software/coolapps/news/2007/06/hackday• http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentbrew/557602352/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/heroiclife/2372572357/• http://wyntonmarsalis.org/photos/gallery/wynton-marsalis-quintet-concert-sound-check-at-ronnie-scotts-jazz-club-lond/5• http://www.flickr.com/photos/yodelanecdotal/257015615/• https://twitter.com/#!/factoryjoe/statuses/223115412• https://twitter.com/#!/richardengelnbc/status/33538754417266688• http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevynjacobs/6244779897/• http://www.seattlepi.com/local/gallery/Occupy-Seattle-protest-at-Walmart-32299/photo-1795212.php• http://www.flickr.com/photos/subcow/6236610724/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/42745190@N02/6348269065/ (neonmorgan, with permission)