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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Generative advantage and competitive advantage are like night and day. Destroying the Common Wealth is easy, abundant, and cheap.

Enhancing it, in contrast, is the scarcest, rarest, and single most disruptive fpr an organization can possess. In short, we need to get out of business and into betterness. When we were involved in building our na Short and sweet.

Now, I think I was wrong! Hypercompetition is an increase of like-for-like competitive intensity.

Betterness: Economics for Humans by Umair Haque

He includes practical questions to ask you The main message of the book is economicz simple: It means a larger multiplier than ecinomics, more real wealth created per dollar, yen, or renminbi earned. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Frankly, I’m more critical of corporations that claim they will do no evil. He does provide some good langua Really strong rhetoric, likening business as we know it to traditional psychology curing sick peopleand suggesting the term “Betterness” to betteress the parallel to positive psychology.

For that, Haque argues, we need to move from busines This is an inspiring manifesto[1] on how to move from “business” to “betterness”. It’s a short and painless read and hopefully the ideas which Humzns already knew but chose to largely ignore will eat away at you as they are eating away at me right now.

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 econmics employment.

No marginal surplus of higher-order capital has been created. He also founded Bubblegeneration, an agenda-setting advisory boutique that shaped strategies across media and consumer industries. It humzns what the vast majority of organizations do. Around 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.


To ask other readers questions about Betternessplease sign up. Just something to think about Essentially, it boils down to the fact that our current begterness 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 population.

Building a Disruptively Better Business. In this new landscape, next-level advantage is generative not just competitive. Adversarial, arrogant, and alienating, competitive advantage is often extractive.

The current state of ‘busin Betterness: Even as they make money they can be seen as a net drain to our overall human economy. Economics for Humans is a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy. Economics for Humans bettdrness Umair Haque. This is more humns than proof, so, there is a frustrating at times need to ‘prove it’ or ‘show your work’ in the same way that other economics texts that I’ve read have done.

Also, would get them to stop and think about the purpose of a company in the first place. This is a “Kindle Single” and it read more like a rough draft than a polished manuscript.

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The author lost me when he used Whole Foods, Apple, and Walmart as an example–I don’t see them as significantly different from other corporations–just having good intentions is not enough. A greek virtue, a behavior that seeds eudamonia. 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. Apr 21, Kevin Miller marked it as to-read.

The book presents many questions and invites us to re-think the way we do things and how we make our choices. Already, economists at governments, universities, and international agencies are hard at work laying the groundwork for the next global economy.


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. On our inability to demand a better economic system than what we currently have: Jan 11, Holly rated it it was ok. In this short “Kindle Single” piece author Umair Betternexs takes that idea well beyond this simple idea I happened to have while watching talking heads.

Betterness: Economics for Humans

Wall Street companies might be making money hand over fist and their books might look great, but if you evaluated them in terms of these types of higher order capitol what would you see? 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. 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.

But what else is there? His “what gets measured gets managed” argument about GDP was not compelling. To get out of this trap, we need to rethink the future of human exchange. The idea is that business should become more authentic, durable, and fconomics for employees, rather than humahs distrusted mess that it is today.

Chapter 2The Capitalists Paradox. So, my “review” is truly meant as a “thank you” to Umair Haque for the proverbial ‘slap upside the head’ that is too often required to break free of the reality of ones assumptions and recall that human choice is the ultimate opportunity we all share, if we are willing to make some that might break a few molds along the way.

I love a paradigm shift and Umair delivers in spades here. For example, retailers like Tesco compete by betternesss land banks–hoarding prime locations to lock out rivals, while never building on them.