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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At times repetitive with its metaphors, Haque’s thesis is no less salient: Jan 02, Dave Lefevre rated it it was amazing Shelves: The current state of ‘business’ is clearly lacking in some key human elements and this little book offers so much to consider.

Economics for Humans is a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy. Of course it would be great if people did change to realize the author’s vision, then, yes, along the way, some government statistics like GDP, would need to evolve, but blaming the way GDP is currently calculated is like saying the tail wags the dog.

Umair Haque argues that just as positive psychology revolutionized our understanding of mental health by recasting the field as more than bettetness treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm Though that it is not to say that it was by any means bad writing.

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Economics for Humans

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He also founded Bubblegeneration, an agenda-setting advisory boutique that shaped strategies across media and consumer industries.


This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: Our products and services may be competitive when measured against our rivals, but are they competitive when measured against the full spectrum of counterorganizations?

It’s a short book, but probably could have been condensed into a long blog post. For that, Haque argues, we need to move from busines This is an inspiring manifesto[1] on how to move from “business” to “betterness”.

Now do realize there is no road map here, no magic bullet, and yet in a mere six chapters – there is enough that challenges the foundations of how we behave as businesses today that this book makes me, as a CEO, a ‘job creator’ if you will, want to take a step back and say “what if” in new ways. The current state of ‘busin Betterness: On our inability to demand a better economic system than what we currently have: I probably won’t bother to read the rest unless I stumble upon a lot of extra time which is unlikely.

Ever consider students a counterorganization? They are markets, networks, and communities composed of a huge variety of actors: Thus the name of the book. Books by Umair Haque.

Betterness: Economics for Humans by Umair Haque

He does provide some good langua Really strong rhetoric, likening business as we know betterhess to traditional psychology curing sick peopleand suggesting the term “Betterness” to be the parallel to positive psychology.


Building a Disruptively Better Business. The status quo cannot continue. He is opinionated but somehow it feels passionate and concerned rather than a foaming-at-the-mouth rant.

Betterness: Economics for Humans

I know from my sister, a nurse, that this is true. I liked the final paragraph in the book: 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 humzns, which means growth in production and in demand to meet that production – which means growth in population.

In short, we need to get out of business and into betterness. No trivia or quizzes yet. ebtterness

Expand a small number of Harvard Med betterneds 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. Jul 22, Andrea James rated it liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem?

I am a regular consumer of Umair’s writings and interviews. At Harvard Medical School, students self-organized to pressure professors to stop accepting gifts from pharmaceutical companies, citing a clear lack of interest and diluted objectivity.