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4.0 out of 5 stars The New Capitalist Manifesto, 24 April 2011
Umair Haque does an excellent job in this book in setting down the DNA for businesses which will be successful in the 21 century. He highlights how companies are realising that doing good and creating value which is measured in terms other than financial actually is good business. If you still think all Capitalists exploit the poor, pollute the world and devour resources without thought of tomorrow think again...and read the book. If you are an Industrial Age Capitalist yourself realise that the world has changed...you are an analog signal in a digital world...think about how your business can be an agent of change in a world that needs positive change. Its about more than money!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing call for a new form of capitalism, 20 Dec 2012
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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As the world considers its financial way forward, economist Umair Haque proposes a radical reinvention of capitalism. His manifesto is a rousing call to action to replace an aging and increasingly irrelevant "industrial-age capitalism" with a "constructive capitalism" built to thrive in the 21st-century economy. He includes a number of present-day examples and case studies to illustrate that a more ethical, sustainable, and realistic capitalism is not only possible but also necessary and profitable. Haque won't convince everyone, and, indeed, some parts of his vision are clearer than others. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends his work to executives tasked with building socially responsible businesses and anyone pondering capitalism's future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eudamonia, 1 Mar 2012
Umair sets the scene for the future of business and capitalism in a world that is becoming smaller and where resources are dwindling. An excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changes your world view, 21 Feb 2012
This review is from: The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business (Kindle Edition)
This is potentially one of those books that can change both your world view and your future. It really is that important. Much deeper than reading the authors blogs and essays.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like the ideas proposed, 28 Oct 2013
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Daniel Gomez Blanco (Geneva, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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I like the ideas Umair Haque proposes in this book. But I still think that, sometimes, it all seems a bit utopian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring new perspectives, 5 Feb 2013
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Umair Haque challenges businesses to completely shift their ways of thinking. A very convincing book with lots of examples of businesses who actually did make the shift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Capitalism, 28 Mar 2012
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David Lowings (Maidenhead, UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this book having read Umair Haque's blogs on the Harvard Business Review and having seen him speak at a thought-provoking seminar on the future of capitalism. His central thesis is that the world today is entirely different from that of 1776 when Adam Smith set out his manifesto for the capitalist system. The recent crash demonstrates that the economic system that has emerged as a result of this is no longer relevant. Haque sets out his stall for a new system of 'constructive capitalism' that takes account of human capital, environmental capital, societal capital, as well as financial capital.
Haque is very passionate about his position, and litters his argument with examples, providing a pacy and engaging read. Occasionally he can be accused of superficiality, but his overall concept is strong and well argued.
There are other books that cover the same territory, notably Jonathon Porritt's "Capitalism As If The World Matters", but Haque's book is a relevant and useful contribution to an important debate as the West tries to find an economic model that will prevent a repeat of 2008.
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