The ebook is called Betterness.
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.
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.
In a positive paradigm, the healthiest state isn’t just one that minimizes pathologies, but one that maximizes potential.
The terra incognita we’ve never explored is whether it’s possible for prosperity and human exchange not merely to go less wrong, but more right.
What if, just maybe, the economy is only living up to a fraction of its potential?