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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In the twentieth century, rivalry was most often about a single kind of counterorganization: When this great shift is complete, companies will face a new hurdle: The current state of ‘busin Betterness: Jan 02, Dave Lefevre rated it it was fot Shelves: It requires a sea change in how to compete.

There is so much ‘humanness’ built into 6 short chapters I find myself more than a bit in awe. Umair wrote a post on “Reason” that was by far one of the best things I’ve ever read.

This seems to be right at the crux of why so many of us are angry about the status quo of our corporate systems especially groups like OWS. Jan 02, Pierre rated it it was amazing.

Betterness: Economics for Humans – Umair – Google Books

Selected pages Title Page. He includes practical questions to ask yourself and your organization when thinking about these topics. It’s all up for debate at the moment – and it really should be openly debated, even if those in charge would probably rather maintain the status quo for as long as possible and avoid any public signs of confusion or weakness. To get out of this trap, we need to rethink the future of human exchange.

This book econokics some interesting thoughts about the fact that measuring cash profit is probably not the best metric that should betterjess business and governmental decisions.

That doesn’t create a yield. Midway through the book, Haque argues that new rules for competition are already emerging.


When we were involved in building our nation we came together for the common good to construct arguably society bettering institutions – eg. Harvard Business Press Books, Contents. Of course it would be great if people did change 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.

The book presents many questions and himans us to re-think the way beetterness do things and how we make our choices.

Very interesting ideas represented here, and as I read this book, I kept hearing repeated themes elsewhere. No marginal surplus of higher-order capital has been created. His pictures clarify the blurry arguments of economic problems into ethical issues, which I love. This book, or what might aptly be called a treatise, shows his emergence as a leading 21st Century thinker and communicator.

We benefit by having what umair calls what arete.

Worthwhile read, but didn’t shatter my world. Around or so, while idiot pundits were on CNBC and CNN declaring how great the economy was while my personal economics and economics of my community were on a steady decline, I started to believe that if our economic indicators show we are doing well then certainly those indicators have to be broken.

The author argues that some of the changes are already It started a little bit “slow”, but by the end it had definitely caught my attention.

It’s increasingly clear that our current economic models are unfit for purpose. The author spends a lot of time giving examples of why the current metric is incorrect, and some hints of people that are trying to work on a new metric, but doesn’t really try to discuss this new metric.

Umair Haque argues that just as positive psychology revolutionized our understanding of mental health by recasting the field as more than just treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm. Just something to think about Although the final pages offer a framework on how to begin to think about bringing Betterness into the board room, there are few details offered on how to actually do so.

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Not an anti-business screed, Haque is perfectly happy for us all t make money.

Economics for Humans

Our products and services may be competitive when measured against our rivals, but are they competitive when measured against the full spectrum of counterorganizations?

Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account. There are lots of interesting and exciting ideas here, but they are covered at a high level and needed to be fleshed out with more examples.

The way business should be thought of; one can only hope that it is the start of next phase, however, as Umair states this economica thinking” represents a paradigm shift from the way we currently view markets.

Betterness: Economics for Humans

This is an inspiring manifesto[1] on how to move from “business” to “betterness”. And so here is my challenge – live one.

By the time he gets to this statement, the reader is already convinced: Where is the real, tangible, actual good for humanity in the way we do things. The reasons for this have probably been best articulated in my own reading history by Bob Brown in One Person, One Value: This book represents Umair Haque ‘s idea of what the new paradigm for building an alternative model might be. The author has a fluid style and his words just soak into one’s mind. The best answers I have are: