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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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Oct 05, Lee Broderick rated it really liked it Shelves: The way bettreness should be thought of; one can only hope that it is the start of next phase, however, as Umair states this “new thinking” represents a paradigm shift from the way we currently view markets.

This is happening because “today’s economy rewards people most for merely allocating existing capital. 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 have done.

Now, I think I was wrong!

Betterness: Economics for Humans by Umair Haque

Overall, not perfect, but the ideas are super important and worth the few hours it takes to read. 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 more rational thing to consider is quite a feat.

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. The author, blogger, thinker and reformer has blogged for years for Harvard Business Reviewwas recently shortlisted by the Thinkers50 in two categories, and has a passionate following of more thanTwitter followers.

His “what gets measured gets managed” argument about GDP was not compelling. The maybe unnecessary use of uncommon or plainly made up words also added to my initial discomfort. NGOs, peer and trade groups, customer and supplier communities, activist investors, and labor organizations, to name just a few. Dec 19, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: Midway through the book, Haque argues that new rules for competition are already emerging.


Poiesis–the root word of poetry–means to create, to generate. In the twentieth century, rivalry was most often about a single kind of counterorganization: Chapter 2The Capitalists Paradox. Jan 28, Allie rated it really liked it.

Ever consider students a counterorganization?

It provokes us to look bettetness our apathy and acceptance of the status quo. Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing ret.

The best answers I have are: Many people already work for companies whose focus is to directly help people in their day to day needs, and despite the direct connection to doing good, many of these workers still feel frustrated.

It means a larger multiplier than rivals, econmoics real wealth created per dollar, yen, bwtterness renminbi earned. Schmidt, and Sara L. Selected pages Title Page. One can easily find oneself in a “zero sum game” in which for profits to go somewhere, they have to get out of somewhere else, so you end up having just winners and losers, but not actual growth in the society.

Jan 22, Brandon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Where is the real, tangible, actual good for humanity in the way we do things. Jul 02, Larry rated it it was amazing Shelves: The reasons for this have probably been best articulated economis my own reading history by Bob Brown in One Person, One Value: I am a big fan of Haque, though, and look forward to reading his other book, “The New Capitalist Manifesto.

It necessarily relies on imperfect examples, principally from US business, but he sketches an attractive, left-field and left-leaning proposition. Companies focused on betterness look at real wealth creation and destruction — all of the various forms of human meaning and capital — rather than just looking at how they can move dollars around the board in an often zero sum way. I am a regular consumer of Umair’s writings and interviews. I know from my rconomics, a nurse, that this is true.


Unfortunately, Haque does not seem to have much in the way of practical advice as to how to make the change of focus happen. This book, or what might aptly be called a treatise, shows his emergence as a leading 21st Century thinker and communicator. Today’s economists, politicians, and econlmics businessmen only think in terms of GDP and profit.

Worthwhile read, but didn’t shatter my world. Mar 18, Russ rated human it was amazing Shelves: A bettterness articulated vision of how to shift economic paradigms to reflect the needs of the modern world. In short, we need to get out of business and into betterness.

Haque wants to define a new paradigm. Published first published December 15th Economics for Humans is a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy. How is that outperformance achieved? huumans

Economics for Humans

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.

Destroying the Common Wealth is easy, abundant, and cheap. To meet the new challenges of ultracompetitors requires organizations to learn how to become ultracompetitive.