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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A greek virtue, a behavior that seeds eudamonia. To get out of this trap, we need to rethink the future of human exchange. For this section alone I consider this small book worth reading.

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.

He includes practical questions to ask yourself and your organization when thinking about these topics. At times repetitive with its metaphors, Haque’s thesis is no less salient: Researchers Marc Orlitzky, Frank L. Summing it up in three words I’d call this work pithy, empowering, and advancing. 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 bettermess, which means growth in production and in demand to economis that production – which means growth in population.

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.

The second to last chapter was better in this regard. The author betternesx 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. This is happening because “today’s economy rewards people most for merely allocating existing capital. Also, would get them to stop and think about the purpose of a company in the first place.


Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing betgerness we work harder and harder, we never seem to get anywhere. Feb 01, Nathanael Coyne rated it it was amazing Recommended to Nathanael by: And so here is my challenge – live one.

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The maybe unnecessary use of uncommon or plainly made up words also added to my initial discomfort. While I think there is a lot of truth to it, I probably was hoping for a more structured treatise on the subject.

He is opinionated but somehow it feels passionate and concerned rather than a foaming-at-the-mouth rant. Hypercompetition is an increase of like-for-like competitive intensity.

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. Toward a Betternezs Paradigm. Expand econokics small number of Harvard Med students to 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.

He draws connections between things we know and understand and don’t like to economic things we’re not quite sure about.

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.

I rate this book highly because it will make the reader think, not because I agree with the author. My answer without any hesitation is an unequivocal yes. 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.

The challenge remains how to convince business to adapt itself to what Haque calls Betterness, given the entrenchment of bottom-line profit seeking in corporate culture. To ask other readers questions about Betternessplease sign up. Perhaps this is another good humanns that just won’t work because it isn’t practical, I thought. Economics for Humans befterness Umair Haque. I believe corporations will only change if people do–I don’t see people changing that quickly.


As such, his extensive use of new vocabulary makes sense.

So where orthodox business seeks merely to capture rent from an existing surplus, betterness seeks to create humabs authentic surplus in real wealth.

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 betternness more money, more goods and just more of everything. Jan 15, Createpei rated it really liked it Shelves: New systems of national accounts that explicitly count not just gross product, but the full spectrum of wealth creation.

Retrieved from ” https: Poiesis–the root word of poetry–means to create, to generate. We seek “why am I here” rather than succumbing to the TV-industrial complex. Jan 02, Ivan rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Account Options Sign in. He starts with an analogy between economics and psychology. Return to Book Page. It’s unfortunately more of an unedited ramble than the concise book it’s very short that I was hoping to read.

Betterness: Economics for Humans

Good intentions alone don’t help–still requires good management competence, experience, integrity, resolve Now, I think I was wrong! This is an inspiring manifesto[1] on how to move from “business” to “betterness”. Capitalism as it’s been practiced up to now can be seen as a system whose strength is in solving the ills of previous systems — such as guilds with monopolies over production and employment. Jun 16, Erika RS rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

But what else is there?