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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For such a short read, Umair Haque’s second book offers up more of this profound thinker’s forward-looking ideas on reimagining the way we do business.

Jan 11, Holly rated it it was ok. Frankly, I’m more critical of corporations that claim they will do no evil. Hypercompetition is an increase of like-for-like competitive intensity. This page was last modified on 1 Januaryat A clearly articulated vision of how to shift economic paradigms to reflect the needs of the modern world.

Betterness: Economics for Humans

Many people already work 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Although I really liked the overall idea, I started the book a bit skeptical. 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. Harvard Business Press Books, He does provide some good language for talking about this stuff that might stick vision statement vs ambitions, for instance. Another simple- maybe simplistic – econ book.

I believe corporations will only change if people do–I don’t see people changing that quickly.

Economics for Humans

The concept of betternes isn’t brand new, but it is radical. Building a Disruptively Better Business. Oct 08, Jennifer Phillips rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is happening because “today’s economy rewards people most for merely allocating existing capital. 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.


What an inspiring read!

To get out of this trap, we need to rethink the future of human exchange. Companies focused on betterness look at real wealth creation and destruction — all of the various forms of human meaning and capital — rather than just looking at how they can move dollars around the board in an often zero sum way.

From an economic perspective, generative advantage is about creating a surplus in authentic wealth, not just a skyrocketing share price. Today we value our economy purely in terms of money profit and stock price.

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 more rational thing to consider is quite a feat.

Today’s economists, politicians, and high-order businessmen only think in terms of GDP and profit. One pioneering study that I like concluded that responsibility fuels outperformance because it is risk management: It can be enjoyed without creating any wealth, and indeed, simply by transferring wealth from others. 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 the American population.

Apr 22, Chris Davis rated it really liked it. 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. How are you doing “betterness”?

The core point is that business as usually seems to be stagnating. This page has been accessed 1, times. Midway through the book, Haque argues that new rules for competition are already emerging. A greek virtue, a behavior that seeds eudamonia.

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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? A good book to get a group of younger people to stop and think about the relationship between companies and the rest of society.


Harvard Business Press Books, Contents. Umair wrote a post on “Reason” that was by far one of the best things I’ve ever read. Economics for Humans” is a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy. In short, we need to get out of business and into betterness.

Betterness: Economics for Humans by Umair Haque

Jan 28, Allie rated it really liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I’m sure many will roll their eyes at these concepts and brush them off as idealistic pipe dreams – in much the same way that revolutionaries and history makers have been dismissed and scoffed at for centuries.

This is an inspiring manifesto[1] on how to move from “business” to “betterness”. New systems of national accounts that explicitly count not just gross product, but the full spectrum of wealth creation. Worthwhile read, but didn’t shatter my world. 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. Economics for Humans” is a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy.

In other words companies should pursue betterness, not just business. This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: The ideas in this book make sense and I hope we can follow some of these ideas and start to move away from the idea that profit should be the only important motivator in our country’s businesses.

No marginal surplus of higher-order capital has been created. The current state of ‘busin Betterness: