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  • Title: Betterness: Economics for Humans
  • Author: Umair Haque
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  • Page: 272
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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 psychology revolutionized our understanding of mental health by recasting the field as than just treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm Why Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing retBetterness Economics for Humans is a powerful call to arms for a post capitalist economy Umair Haque argues that just as positive psychology revolutionized our understanding of mental health by recasting the field as than just treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm Why 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 This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth wage stagnation, widening economic inequality, the depletion of the natural world, and To get out of this trap, we need to rethink the future of human exchange In short, we need to get out of business and into betterness.HBR Singles provide brief yet potent business ideas, in digital form, for today s thinking professional.
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    1. Around 2006 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 Now as we enter a period of history where 50% of the U.S population are low income or in poverty while our national prognosticators say the economy is not in a recession we are at that point onc [...]

    2. This ebook was a fascinating read, full of hope for a new paradigm of human transaction beyond that of soul sucking, cut throat, competitive profit making otherwise known as business Haque asks tough questions of the status quo, such as, Why is the generally accepted definition of prosperity the growth of industrial output, not the emotional, social, intellectual, physical, or ethical growth of humans He goes on to argue that profit itself is an industrial era conception of performance and that [...]

    3. It s increasingly clear that our current economic models are unfit for purpose The reasons for this have probably been best articulated in my own reading history by Bob Brown in One Person, One Value Penguin Specials 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 growth in popula [...]

    4. What an inspiring read A vision for a post capitalist future as we know it that doesn t shy away from the need for people and entities to earn money and profit A new way of looking at economics and the world that we need to seriously look at Changed my view, and in some ways pushed me over the edge of my wavering opinion on the ethics of business as we do it today 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 compe [...]

    5. This is a Kindle Single and it read like a rough draft than a polished manuscript At times it was quite rambling There are lots of interesting and exciting ideas here, but they are covered at a high level and needed to be fleshed out with examples The second to last chapter was better in this regard I am a big fan of Haque, though, and look forward to reading his other book, The New Capitalist Manifesto.

    6. Haque s strength is an associative one He draws connections between things we know and understand and don t like to economic things we re not quite sure about His pictures clarify the blurry arguments of economic problems into ethical issues, which I love.Some great quotes On our inability to demand a better economic system than what we currently have Just like a patient on a nineteenth century couch, our regimen rests on a foundational belief that, at its best, an economy is one that s not visi [...]

    7. I am a regular consumer of Umair s writings and interviews This book, or what might aptly be called a treatise, shows his emergence as a leading 21st Century thinker and communicator Summing it up in three words I d call this work pithy, empowering, and advancing 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 On a broader note, I couldn t help b [...]

    8. For such a short read, Umair Haque s second book offers up of this profound thinker s forward looking ideas on reimagining the way we do business Not an anti business screed, Haque is perfectly happy for us all t make money But what else is there Where is the real, tangible, actual good for humanity in the way we do things.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 So too, to evaluate who I do bu [...]

    9. I love a paradigm shift and Umair delivers in spades here.He starts with an analogy between economics and psychology 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 He shifted the question from how do we fix people with problems to how do we help people realise their full potential Perhaps economic and business th [...]

    10. I rate this book highly because it will make the reader think, not because I agree with the author.A good book to get a group of younger people to stop and think about the relationship between companies and the rest of society Also, would get them to stop and think about the purpose of a company in the first place My take betterness as a substitute for business seems like a nice vision BUT human nature, not corporations is what needs to change to permit it to happen I believe corporations will o [...]

    11. Betterness Economics for Humans Kindle Single Kindle Edition One LGA to ORD flight later I am still percolating on what this truly means There is so much humanness built into 6 short chapters I find myself than a bit in awe 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 rational thing to consider is quite a feat.The current state of business is clearly lack [...]

    12. This is an inspiring manifesto 1 on how to move from business to betterness The core point is that business as usually seems to be stagnating 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 However, it doesn t go beyond that in providing the best set of tools to help people live satisfying lives.For that, Haque argues, we need to move from business to better [...]

    13. 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 pursuing money, goods and just of everything It s unfortunately of an unedited ramble than the concise book it s very short that I was hoping to read Though that it is not to say that it was by any means bad writing The author has a fluid style and his words just soak into one s mind He is opinionated but somehow it feels pa [...]

    14. Short and sweet The way business 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.When one considers the historical perspectives, though, it is likely a return to a pre industrialized pre stockmarketized time What I was struck with when reading the book is how self centered focused we have become as a society When we were involved in building our nation we came [...]

    15. It started a little bit slow , but by the end it had definitely caught my attention.Although I really liked the overall idea, I started the book a bit skeptical The maybe unnecessary use of uncommon or plainly made up words also added to my initial discomfort Perhaps this is another good idea that just won t work because it isn t practical, I thought Now, I think I was wrong As the book develops, things start to add up and make sense The author argues that some of the changes are already under w [...]

    16. Another simple maybe simplistic econ book.The gist is this we don t benefit from making MORE hot pockets, cheap consumer electronics, etc That doesn t create a yield.We benefit by having what umair calls what arete A greek virtue, a behavior that seeds eudamonia We seek why am I here rather than succumbing to the TV industrial complex.This is a great book to recommend to someone that doesn t read a ton, knows something is off with the economy life and is a to a degree simpler version of Average [...]

    17. 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 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.While I think there is a lot of truth to it, I probably was hoping for a structured treatise on the subject The author [...]

    18. Really strong rhetoric, likening business as we know it to traditional psychology curing sick people , and suggesting the term Betterness to be the parallel to positive psychology Further, that business has stagnated ref first decade of 2000s and companies that are winning now are already embracing Betterness Whole Foods, Walmart, Pixar, etc.I always find Haque inspiring It s a short book, but probably could have been condensed into a long blog post He does provide some good language for talking [...]

    19. The main message of the book is quite simple we need to re focus our businesses on improving wellbeing of all their constituents, instead of focusing on monetary profits Unfortunately, Haque does not seem to have much in the way of practical advice as to how to make the change of focus happen.What I did enjoy were the practical suggestions for re framing the classical corporate vision mission values as ambition, intention, constraints and imperatives He includes practical questions to ask yourse [...]

    20. At times repetitive with its metaphors, Haque s thesis is no less salient that we need to reject business as usual if our society is ever going to produce actual Common Wealth Reading like philosophy than economic theory, Haque s view of how businesses should adapt for the 21st century likely remains prescient 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 Although the final [...]

    21. e book single from umairh, Betterness Economics for Humans released Monday bitly s03kCH My first Kindle download Betterness Economics for Humans is a powerful call to arms for a post capitalist economy Umair Haque argues that just as positive psychology revolutionized our understanding of mental health by recasting the field as than just treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm.

    22. No dry business as usual Hague points out the profound lack of vision that our out dated, industrial aged economic paradigm has and how we do a whole lot of work without much creation of the kinds of capital that can do humanity any real good 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 Sound like heresy It is, the good kind.

    23. Very interesting ideas represented here, and as I read this book, I kept hearing repeated themes elsewhere Essentially businesses must deliver than just money They have to add to the common wealth to make the world better Thus the name of the book Blog post percolating.

    24. Disclaimer this rating is based on reading only the kindle sample The concept seems interesting but the execution is boring I probably won t bother to read the rest unless I stumble upon a lot of extra time which is unlikely.

    25. The concept of betternes isn t brand new, but it is radical And, even if I quibble here and there with Haque s case analysis, I genuinely appreciate this attempt to translate betterness for practicioners, complete with concrete recommendations and examples.

    26. A clearly articulated vision of how to shift economic paradigms to reflect the needs of the modern world.

    27. Umair wrote a post on Reason that was by far one of the best things I ve ever read Resonated with me to the nth degree.WHY

    28. Some great ideas, but I felt they could have been put across better, and with considerably less reiteration.

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