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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Some great ideas, but I felt they could have been put across better, and with considerably less reiteration. We need to step back from the edge of bettterness out our environment and our people and realise that we can both earn money and be What an inspiring read! I am a big fan of Haque, though, and look forward to reading his other book, “The New Capitalist Manifesto.

We seek “why am I here” rather than succumbing to the TV-industrial complex. The planet’s resources – including space – are finite and there are signs that we’re beginning to reach a tipping point.

The gist is this: Haque’s strength is an associative one. Destroying the Common Wealth is easy, abundant, and cheap. To meet the new challenges economcs ultracompetitors requires organizations to learn how to become ultracompetitive.

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 15, Createpei rated it really liked it Shelves: Like a car that goes nowhere, a company that is useless to people, communities, the natural world, and future generations has no use.

Haque wants to define a new paradigm.

Betterness: Economics for Humans

A good book to get a group of younger people to stop and think about the relationship between companies and the rest of society. And I think those are good enough reasons to recommend it. Umair wrote a post on “Reason” that was by far one of the best things I’ve ever read. The status quo cannot continue.


This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: Today we value our economy purely in terms of money profit and stock price. On a broader note, I couldn’t help but notice an interesting irony in this book’s premise calling for a new business paradigm — betternesw enterprise for betterness and profit — at the same companies can wield power and influence as broad as any individual citizen in the U.

They are markets, networks, and communities composed of a huge variety of actors: When you consider many of today’s advancing economies, these are areas that they appear to be still building.

Economics for Humans” is a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy.

Dec 17, Chris Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: Up until the turn of the last century psychology had been entirely concerned with curing mental illness, but the work of Havard professor William James turned himans discipline on its head by adding the dimension of positive psychology.

They have to add to the common-wealth – to make the world better. 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.

Midway through the book, Haque argues that new rules for competition fof already emerging. I always find Haque inspiring. He does provide some good language for talking about this stuff that might stick vision statement vs ambitions, for instance.

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.

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


Chapter 2The Capitalists Paradox. The concept seems interesting but the execution is boring. How are you doing “betterness”? The concept of betternes isn’t brand new, but it is radical. 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. 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.

Frankly, I’m more critical of corporations that claim they will do no evil. Now, I think I was wrong! Starting here, Haque talks about some core principles for embracing betterness. That’s when I started realizing that I’ve already noticed some changes myself, but I haven’t yet connected the dots. You can make your own list of this “higher order” capitol.

Good intentions alone don’t help–still requires good management competence, experience, integrity, resolve The book presents many questions and invites us to re-think the way we do things and how we make our choices.

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Resonated with me to the nth degree. The second to last chapter was better in this regard. So where orthodox business seeks merely to capture rent from an existing surplus, betterness seeks to create an authentic surplus in real wealth.

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.