Betterness: Economics for Humans is a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy. Umair Haque argues that just as positive. Umair Haque’s Betterness: Economics for Humans is a quick read and a very cheap book at $ for a Kindle version. It’s worth much more. Economics isn’t physics, and the messy human world doesn’t obey ironclad laws. Yet, the link.

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To meet the new challenges of ultracompetitors requires organizations to learn how to become ultracompetitive. Companies focused on betterness look at real wealth creation and destruction — all of the various forms of human meaning and capital — economice than just looking at how they can move dollars around the board in an often zero sum way.

We’ve greatly suffered over the last years because we have not invested in other types of capitol, like our education as a people, basic infrastructure, etc. This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: To discuss in such a tight set of concepts what may be ‘not right’ about our current pursuit of often purely financial metrics for business when in fact a notion of Common Wealth is a far bettreness rational thing to consider is quite a feat. Jul 02, Larry rated it it was amazing Shelves: Econlmics measures activity but not the quality of that activity or whether it is worthwhile The big question in my mind as I finish writing this review, is why now?

See what just happened? In short, we need to get out of business and into betterness. Ultracompetition is increased competitive intensity across new kinds of counterorganizations. And so here is my challenge – live one. In the United States, the State of the USA project, under the guidance of the National Academy of Science, is starting to utilize hundreds of indicators to measure different kinds of wealth: This is more commentary than proof, so, there is a frustrating at times need to ‘prove it’ or ‘show your work’ in the same way that other economics texts that I’ve read betternsss done.

Apr 21, Kevin Miller marked it as to-read. His “what gets measured gets managed” argument about GDP was not compelling. Haque’s vision of changed business will make me sit down and articulate how my business behaves in a world where we conduct “betterness” instead. He is opinionated I liked the book because I agreed with its central premise of striving for and delivering better, doing what we can to add real value to the world rather than mindlessly pursuing more money, more goods and just more of everything.


Further, that business has stagnated ref: Hypercompetition is an increase of like-for-like competitive intensity. Where is the real, tangible, actual beterness for humanity in the way we do things.

At Harvard Medical School, students self-organized to pressure professors to stop accepting gifts from pharmaceutical companies, citing a clear lack of interest and diluted objectivity.

The author argues that some of the changes are already under way, and then he makes you think by citing examples of companies that are already looking ahead and not only making changes, but bringing changes to their customers and the community. It’s a short and painless read and hopefully the ideas which I already knew but chose to largely ignore will eat away at you as they are eating away at me right now.

They are markets, networks, and communities composed of a huge variety of actors: He includes practical questions to ask you The main message of the book is quite simple: The concept of betternes isn’t brand new, but it is radical. Of course it would be great if people did dor to realize the author’s vision, then, yes, along the way, some government statistics like GDP, would need to evolve, but blaming the way GDP is currently calculated is like saying the tail wags the dog.

Oct 08, Jennifer Phillips rated it it was amazing Shelves: On a broader note, I couldn’t help but notice an interesting irony in this book’s premise calling for a new business paradigm — business enterprise for betterness and profit — at the same companies can wield power and influence as broad as any individual citizen in the U.

For this section alone I consider this small book worth reading. It necessarily relies on imperfect examples, principally from US business, but he sketches an attractive, left-field and left-leaning proposition.


But one thing I think is for sure, this short book will make you think.

Betterness: Economics for Humans Audio book by Umair Haque |

It can be enjoyed without creating any wealth, and indeed, simply by transferring wealth from others. Overall, not perfect, but the ideas are super important and worth the few hours it takes to read. It’s unfortunately more of an unedited ramble than the concise book it’s very short that I was hoping to read. And I think those are good enough reasons to recommend it.

Economics for Humans

Economics for Humans” released Monday http: Selected pages Title Page. Did what you do have a positive, lasting consequence that was meaningful in beetterness terms? Good intentions alone don’t help–still requires good management competence, experience, integrity, resolve Umair Haque argues that just as positive psychology revolutionized our understanding economic mental health by recasting the field as more than just treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm Economics for Humans” fpr a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy.

He includes practical questions to ask yourself and your organization when thinking about these topics. The author almost seems to work from a premise that most corporations have unstated objectives to do evil.

He is opinionated but somehow it feels passionate and concerned rather than a foaming-at-the-mouth rant. You can make your own list of this “higher order” capitol.

In doing so, flr suggests we re-examine some of the economic ideas of the Ancient Greeks as a balance to the Renaissance. No more dry business as usual. Thus the name of the book. The main message of the book is quite simple: The reasons for this have probably been best articulated in my own reading history by Bob Brown in One Person, One Value: Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing returns—though we work harder and harder, we never seem to get anywhere.

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