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Hackers, hippies, hermits and other “misfits” have much to impart to mainstream society. Economic historian Alexa Clay describes fringe groups and explains the roles they play in contemporary commerce. Though her brief descriptions lack depth, Clay presents a cogent argument for including misfits in traditional business environments. getAbstract recommends Clay’s report to corporate professionals and to all who wish to explore their alter egos.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “misfits” innovate and contribute on the fringe of society;
  • How gangs, hackers, patent thieves, and other misfits influence the economic landscape; and
  • What mainstream businesses can learn from misfits.

About the Speaker

Economic historian and author Alexa Clay researches underground and grassroots innovation.



Mainstream society can learn from subcultures residing at the fringes. Innovators in these groups operate outside the boundaries of conventional business practices. These subcultures include the following legal and illegal cohorts of “misfits”:

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