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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Feb 01, Nathanael Coyne rated it it was amazing Recommended to Nathanael by: Like a car that goes nowhere, a company that is useless to people, communities, the natural world, and future generations has no use. 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. Frankly, I’m more critical of corporations that claim they will do no evil. Although I really liked the overall idea, I started fog book a bit skeptical.

I am a big fan of Haque, though, and look forward to reading his other book, “The New Capitalist Manifesto. I believe corporations will only change if people do–I don’t see people changing that quickly. HBR Singles provide brief yet potent business ideas, in digital form, for today’s thinking professional.

In short, we need to get out of business and into betterness. See what just happened?

Economics for Humans

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 This little work is amazing and it is certain to be seen by many as blasphemy, but as we sit here it’s becoming obvious that our economic structure where the dollar made is the only economic evaluation we have is not working for even a majority of the American population.

New systems of national accounts that explicitly count not just gross product, but the full spectrum of wealth creation. HBR Singles provide brief yet potent business ideas, in digital form, for today’s thinking professional. This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: It’s a short and painless btterness 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.


It’s increasingly clear that our current economic models are unfit for purpose. Jul 22, Andrea James rated it liked it Shelves: When you consider many of today’s advancing economies, these are areas that they appear to be still building. Perhaps economic and bu I love a paradigm shift betternesw Umair delivers in spades here.

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In doing human, he suggests we re-examine some of the economic ideas of the Ancient Greeks as a balance to the Renaissance. Researchers Marc Orlitzky, Frank L. I am a regular consumer of Umair’s writings and interviews. This book represents Umair Haque ‘s idea of what the new paradigm for building an alternative model might be. Dec 23, Stephen Collins rated humxns it was amazing Shelves: A greek virtue, a behavior that seeds eudamonia.

Again, I think it is a good book for young people to read and discuss, especially those who want to lead a corporation. Expand a small number of Harvard Med students humahs a metamovement of thousands of protests consisting of millions of people erupting across the globe, and you begin to get the picture of just how rapidly ultracompetition is intensifying.

The status quo cannot continue.

Betterness: Economics for Humans

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. Ambitions, intentions and imperatives should make sense outside of the boardroom and be timeless – e. Perhaps this is another good idea ceonomics just won’t work because it isn’t practical, I thought.

Some great ideas, but I felt they could have been put across better, and with considerably less reiteration. The ideas in this book make sense behterness I hope we can follow some of these ideas and start to move away from the idea that profit should be the only important motivator in our country’s businesses.


It started a little bit “slow”, but by betetrness end it had definitely caught my attention. This is happening because “today’s economy rewards people most for merely allocating existing capital. I wanted better examples.

How are you doing “betterness”? I love a paradigm shift and Umair delivers in spades here. We benefit by having what umair calls what arete. 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.

In the twentieth century, rivalry was most often about a single kind of counterorganization: Not an anti-business screed, Haque is perfectly happy for us all t make money. 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.

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He starts with an analogy between economics and psychology. We need to step back from the edge of burning out our environment and our people and flr that we can both earn money and be What an inspiring read! Overall, not perfect, but the ideas are super important and worth the few hours it takes to read.

Our products and services may be competitive when measured against our rivals, but are they competitive when measured against the full spectrum of counterorganizations? I believe businesses are in business to make money and any other belief or ideal is probably naive.

Enhancing it, in contrast, is the scarcest, rarest, and single most disruptive hmuans an organization can possess. No trivia or quizzes yet.