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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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.

Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing ret. 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. This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: To get out of this trap, we need to rethink the future of human exchange. In short, we need to get out of business and into betterness. HBR Singles provide brief yet potent business ideas, in digital form, for today’s thinking professional.

Published first published December 15th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Betternessplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 02, Dave Lefevre betternees it it was amazing Shelves: 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 economica then certainly those indicators have to be broken.

In this short “Kindle Single” piece author Umair Haque takes that idea well beyond this simple idea I happened to have while watching talking heads.

Today we value our economy purely in terms of money profit and stock price. There are other types of capitol that are important to our world, like how educated our society is, how well we are employing our human abilities as a country jobshealth, national resources. You can make your own list of this “higher order” capitol. Today’s economists, politicians, and high-order businessmen only think in terms of GDP and profit. 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.

Wall Street companies might be making money hand over fist and their books might look great, but if you evaluated them in terms of these types of higher order capitol what would you see? Despite the constant drumbeat that they are the “productive ones,” you’d see how all they rapidly deplete these other types of capitol that are important to humans.

They may be making money, but they are depleting our society and world. Even as they make money they can be seen as a net drain to our overall human economy. 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. 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.

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The ideas in this book make sense and 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. Jan 22, Brandon rated it it was amazing Shelves: This ebook was a fascinating read, full of hope for a new paradigm of human transaction beyond that of soul-sucking, cut-throat, competitive profit making otherwise known as “business.

This is happening because “today’s economy rewards people most for merely allocating existing capital. That’s not a recipe for prosperity; it’s simply a game of musical chairs. Midway through the book, Haque argues that new rules for competition are already emerging. Enhancing it, in contrast, is the scarcest, rarest, and single most disruptive capability an organization can possess.

By the time he gets to this statement, the reader is already convinced: I’m sure many will roll their eyes at these concepts and brush them off as idealistic pipe dreams – in much the same way that revolutionaries and history makers have been dismissed and scoffed at for centuries.

The discussion has only just begun, but the hope that his vision inspires is worth whatever risk lies before us in the quantum leap.

Oct 05, Lee Broderick rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s increasingly clear that our current economic models are unfit for purpose. The reasons for this have probably been best articulated in my own reading history by Bob Brown in One Person, One Value: Essentially, it boils down to the fact that our current economic models and, therefore also the measure by which we judge politicians are based on exponential growth – growth in profit, which means growth in production and in demand to meet that production – which means gro It’s increasingly clear that our current economic models are unfit for purpose.

Essentially, it boils down to the fact that our current economic models and, therefore also the measure by which we judge politicians are based on exponential growth – growth in profit, which means growth in production and in demand to meet that production – which means growth in population. It doesn’t take a scientist to understand that perpetual growth is as impossible as perpetual motion. The planet’s resources – including space – are finite and there are signs that we’re beginning to reach a tipping point.

So, what are the alternatives?

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. This book represents Umair Haque ‘s idea of what the new paradigm for building an alternative model might be.

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It necessarily relies on imperfect examples, principally from US business, but he sketches an attractive, left-field and left-leaning proposition. In doing so, he suggests we re-examine some of the economic ideas of the Ancient Greeks as a balance to the Renaissance. Feb 01, Nathanael Coyne rated it it was amazing Recommended to Nathanael by: What betternees inspiring read!

A vision for a post-capitalist bettreness as we know it that doesn’t shy away from the need for people and entities to earn money and profit. A new way of looking at economics and the world that we need to seriously look economica. Changed my view, and in some ways pushed me over the edge of my wavering opinion on the ethics of business as we do it today.

We need to step back from the edge of burning out our environment and our people and realise that we can both earn money and be What an inspiring read! We need to step back from the edge of burning out our environment and our people and realise that we can hukans earn money and be competitive without treating employees like replaceable cogs.

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The status quo cannot continue. Dec 29, James rated it liked it. This is a “Kindle Single” and it read more like a rough draft than a polished manuscript.

At times it was quite rambling! 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 second to last chapter was better in this regard. I am a big fan of Haque, though, and look forward to reading his other book, “The New Capitalist Manifesto. Jan 28, Allie rated it really liked it. Haque’s strength is an associative one. He draws connections between things we know and understand and don’t like to economic things we’re not quite sure about.

His pictures clarify the blurry arguments of economic problems into ethical issues, which I love. On our inability to demand a better economic system than what we currently have: Jan 02, Pierre rated it it was amazing. I am a regular consumer of Umair’s writings and interviews. This book, or what might aptly be called a treatise, shows his emergence as a leading 21st Century thinker and communicator.

Summing it up in three words I’d call this work pithy, empowering, and advancing. Linking his description of a new paradigm in economic and business practice theory to the late 20th Century expansion of psychology into the realm of positive psychology is nothing short of brilliant.

On a broader note, I couldn’t he I am a regular consumer of Umair’s writings and interviews.

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. Just something to think about Dec 23, Stephen Collins rated it it was amazing Shelves: For such a short read, Umair Haque’s second book offers up more of this profound thinker’s forward-looking ideas on reimagining the way we do business.

Not an anti-business screed, Haque is perfectly happy for us all t make money. But what else is there? Where is the real, tangible, actual good for humanity in the way we do things. 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. So too, to evaluate w For hhmans a short read, Umair Haque’s second book offers up more of this profound thinker’s forward-looking ideas on betteness the foe we do business.

So too, to evaluate who I do business with. How are you doing “betterness”? Mar 04, Nic Brisbourne rated it it was amazing. I love a paradigm shift and Umair delivers in spades here. He starts with an analogy between economics and psychology. Up until the turn of efonomics last century psychology had been entirely concerned with curing mental illness, but the work of Havard professor William James turned the discipline on its head by adding the dimension of positive psychology.

Perhaps economic and bu I love a paradigm shift and Umair delivers in spades here. The idea is that business should become huamns authentic, durable, and fulfilling for employees, rather than the distrusted ecoomics that it is today.