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The Gen Z Effect: The Six Forces Shaping the Future of Business by Dan Keldsen, Tom Koulopoulos

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Lifehacking: A Playbook for Gen Z

In anything that has to do with knowledge, fear will produce only resistance.

—PETER F. DRUCKER

In this chapter we explore one of the most fascinating and disruptive aspects of Gen Z, its propensity to work around or “hack” the system. We’ll talk first about the benefits of the hacking mind-set and then focus on three hacks that we believe will most shape the Gen Z landscape and the future: crowdfunding, 3D printing, and changing attitudes about intellectual property and patents.

The City of Honolulu’s website needed a makeover—a big one. The quote from a local software developer detailed a two-year $9.3 million project. When local citizens, a few of whom knew a bit about web development, caught wind ...

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