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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In doing so, he suggests we re-examine some of the economic ideas of the Ancient Greeks as a balance to the Renaissance. Return to Book Page. Jan 17, Jack rated it it was amazing. HBR Singles provide brief yet potent business ideas, in digital form, for betterjess thinking professional. It is, the good kind.

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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 wants to define a new paradigm. Dec 19, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: It provokes us to look at our apathy and acceptance of the status quo. We benefit by having what umair calls what arete. Betternees 02, Ivan rated it liked it Shelves: Adversarial, arrogant, and alienating, competitive advantage is often extractive. Chapter 2The Capitalists Paradox. This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: Thus the name of the book. Jul 22, Andrea James rated it liked it Shelves: To get out of this trap, we need to rethink the future of human exchange.


The challenge remains how to convince business to adapt itself to what Haque calls Hu,ans, given the entrenchment of bottom-line profit seeking in corporate culture. I believe corporations will only change if people do–I don’t see people changing that quickly. A Better Path to Prosperity. 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.

When we were involved in building our na Short and sweet. 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 more money, betternes goods and just more of everything. Really strong rhetoric, likening business as we know it to traditional psychology curing sick peopleand suggesting the term “Betterness” to be the parallel to positive psychology.

Economics for Humans

Many people already econoimcs 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.

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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. In the United States, the State of the USA project, under the guidance of the National Academy of Science, is starting to utilize hundreds of indicators to measure different kinds of wealth: In this short “Kindle Single” piece author Umair Haque takes that idea well beyond this simple idea I happened to have while watching talking heads.


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.

Jul 21, Satinder Hawkins rated it really liked it. A good book to get a group of younger people to stop and think about the relationship between companies and ffor rest of society. 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.

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

What an inspiring read!