The Penguin and the Leviathan

The Penguin and the Leviathan

"Mankind is a selfish beast who would act only in interest for themselves." This idea has run top-down business models, the punitive legal system, and our approach to everything from education to environmental regulation. Our society has been run by the idea that humans are driven only by self interest.


Hundreds of the studies have been conducted across many different cultures showing that this is wrong, that mankind is more generous and willing to help than we thought. At Harvard University Professor Yochai Benkler draws on many different cutting edge findings from neuroscience to economics to sociology to debunk the myth that we are only driven by selfish desires. He also reveals ways we can harness human cooperation to improve business processes, design smarter technology, reform our economic systems, maximize volunteer contributions to science, reduce crime, improve the efficacy of civic movements, and more.


This book shows how open-source communities have developed some of the most important infrastructure on which the Internet runs. Many communities, like lobster fishermen of Maine to the farmers of Spain, already live with a self-regulating system for sharing and allocating public resources. Toyota uses a collaborative shop-floor, supply chain, and management structure, which all have contributed to its meteoric rise over American counterparts for over a quarter of a century. It even shows how the police have used collaboration and trust based community partnerships to reduce crime in tough neighborhoods.  


See how free and open source software is being mentioned in a front-line must-read book. It is being touted as, "A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of cooperation in the 21st century". The Penguin and the Leviathan will probably be listed as one of the first books that pushed the free and open source software model to the front and center of many people's mind. Have it on your own bookshelf to quickly loan to friends, neighbors and collegues who might need to be educated about the breadth and scope of what we do every day in FOSS.

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Customer Reviews

  • Author: Dr. Rasmussen
    This should be a must read in every business school internationally. I require it for several of my courses.
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