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Betterness: Economics for Humans (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Umair Haque
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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 more 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 more. 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 211 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (15 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K5K5GI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sense! 22 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Every "world-leader" should be made to sit down, read Umair's inspired prose, sit back, reflect, and then act upon the wisdom contained therein. No ifs, no buts, read, act, reap the rewards.
But they won't. No way. Not a chance, because the vested interest, financial clout, plutocracies that have put them where they are would trash, trample upon and burn this worthy tome and the common sense writings it contains, at their soonest opportunity. This is a sad bit inevitable truth of the world we live in now - those with money get wealthier and more powerful on the backs not of some vast, Marxist proletariat, but actually by fleecing the unspoken middle-class majority who do JUST ENOUGH to get by, with the odd night out and the occasional holiday away., yet at the same time are unable to rise up and question the plutocracies due to constraints of family, time and job commitments. And so it goes on...........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 17 Feb. 2012
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This is a relatively quick read - but it is excellent.

Full of great context and ideas - well explained.

There's subtlety in the idea of business becoming more social, more conscious, more ethical or "better" - whatever you want to call it. And Umair does a great job of making this subtlety plain - it requires a paradigm shift, not just harder thinking within our current models.

I also liked the sections around reinventing how we think about strategy, business vision and mission. Some really painful examples of mission statements from the 1990s!

If you are interested in how a tidal wave of activity is hitting business in the next few years - this is a great starting point.
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Powerful arguments don't need flowery prose - they need simple direct communication backed up by examples. Whether you're an employee, a CEO, a politician or an entrepreneur Umair raises important questions that we all need to ask ourselves. It's no good looking around and complaining, saying "they" messed everything up, yes, maybe they did - so perhaps it's time we take back control and become much more mindful and conscious in what we do. That starts at home, every purchase decision is a ballot paper - if we buy poorly made products from suppliers that treat their staff badly because it's 2 pence cheaper then we shouldn't be surprised that there are no nice jobs for our children.

Betterness clearly sets of the new criteria for how businesses will compete in the future - it's happening in small ways now and will gather pace as the old economy dies out - it's up to us to re-imagine our future, w can have more of the same or something better...
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Umair Haque offers logical reasoned arguments as to how economics in the 21st Century can and will inevitably be redefined to deal with the growing mess created by the world's leading economies over the past 200 years. Read it and be inspired!
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