Hi, I’m Tim, author of the Philosophy for Change blog. Pleased to (virtually) meet you. I have been posting on this blog for several years now. All told, this has been one the most challenging and productive periods of my creative life. I have posted less on the blog in the past year, because I have been writing a new book, (provisionally) titled ‘Hacker Culture and the New Rules of Innovation’. This book represents a significant departure from the material I tend to post on this blog. I consider this a mark of its success. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that my true passion is intentional change, the kind of change that can only come through challenging oneself to think, feel, and experience life differently. This is what I have undertaken to achieve in writing this new book. I have sought to write a new phase of life into existence.
‘Hacker Culture and the New Rules of Innovation’ is just about finished. I am working with the idea of ‘culture hacking’ and giving it a philosophical twist. I am thinking about how organisations can learn from the history of software and computer hacking to transform themselves into high-powered innovation cultures. I recently published my first article on this material, titled ‘Startups and the Hacker Way: The (Counter-) Cultural History of Lean Method’, on Medium.
Some people get these ideas intuitively. Others, well, they will take more convincing. Culture hacking sounds pretty off the wall compared to most innovation discourse. I consider the new book a successor to ‘Coalition of the Willing‘ (2010), a film I wrote with Simon Robson about an open source ‘war on global warming’. This film also explored the potential of hacker culture. It was, and probably still is, ahead of its time. I think, similarly, my work on hacker innovation comes from the future. It is a projection towards what we might become should we make certain fateful decisions.
Writing this book has been an amazing journey. I want to thank several people who have helped along the way. Soren Trampedach has always made me feel welcome at Work Club. Soren takes thinking seriously. He has read and commented on key parts of my recent work. Catherine Stace at Cure Brain Cancer has also been an awesome supporter, and has introduced me to a network of people doing important things in the world. Con Georgiou, at Capital Pitch, was an early inspiration on this journey. Annette Dockerty gets special mention as someone who has created an exciting network in the Heads of Innovation Forum, Sydney.
As I’ve worked towards the conclusion of this book, I have been amazed by my rapid evolution in thought. I imagine this is par for writing any book. In my case, it has come from combining ideas from two different sources. ‘Creativity is all about connecting things’, Steve Jobs said. I have been thrilled to discover what transpires when you connect practical philosophy to the problem of innovation. [Read more…]