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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I wanted better examples. The author almost seems to work from a premise that most corporations have unstated objectives to do evil. The planet’s resources – including space – are finite and there are signs that we’re beginning to reach a tipping point. It provokes us to look at our apathy and acceptance of the status quo. Dec 17, Chris Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: Perhaps economic and bu I love a paradigm shift and Umair delivers in spades here.

This book represents Umair Haque ‘s idea of what the new paradigm for building an alternative model might be. At times repetitive with its metaphors, Haque’s thesis is no less salient: He is opinionated but somehow it feels passionate and concerned rather than a foaming-at-the-mouth rant.

The gist is this: 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 the discipline on its head by adding the dimension of positive psychology. No more dry business as usual. 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.

Thus the name of the book. 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.

Midway through the book, Haque argues that new rules for competition are already emerging. Haque’s strength is an associative one. So I got out of the book feeling like I knew less than when Economkcs started the book. Unfortunately, Haque does not seem to have much in the way of practical advice as to how to make the change of focus happen.


Merely capturing more rent can never yield a surplus. Dec 29, James rated it liked it. Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing ret.

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Mar 18, Russ rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

See what just happened? The main message of the book is quite simple: They are markets, networks, and communities composed of a huge variety of actors: The current state of ‘business’ is clearly lacking in some key human elements and this little book offers so much to consider. Although the final pages offer a framework on how to begin to think about bringing Betterness into the board room, there are few details offered on how to actually do so. And so here is my challenge – live one. Jul 02, Larry rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 competitive without treating employees like replaceable cogs.

The idea is that business should become more authentic, durable, and fulfilling for employees, rather than the distrusted mess that it is today.

Jan 25, Emily Leathers marked it as to-read Shelves: I liked the final paragraph in the book: Companies are beginning to be judged against a whole new set of criteria by customers, governments, communities, employees, and investors.


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.

Harvard profs stopped accepting gifts, and the structure of pharmaceutical marketing changed, just a tiny bit. In the future, business success will be measured by the real good the business can do and have little to do with returns for the shareholders.

Economics for Humans

The author has a fluid style and his words just soak into one’s mind. It’s all up for debate at the moment – and it really should be econoics 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.

Economics for Humans by Umair Haque. This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: Frankly, I’m more critical of corporations that claim they will do no evil.

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 betterjess American population. Worthwhile read, but didn’t shatter my world. Econoomics a short book, but probably could have been condensed into a long blog post.

Ambitions, intentions and imperatives should make sense outside of the boardroom and be timeless – e. HBR Singles provide brief yet potent business ideas, in digital form, for today’s thinking professional. It didn’t change my life. Want to Read saving…. No marginal surplus of higher-order capital has been created.