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Break free from a wealth obsessed worldWestern society is trapped by three assumptions 1 the point of life is to maximize your self interest and wealth 2 we're individuals trapped in an adversarial world and 3 that this path is inevitableThese ideas separate us keep us powerless and limit our imagination for the future We see them as the truth but they are just a point of view that previous generations accepted as inevitable It's time we replace them with On the measure of GDP in 1968 Robert Kennedy saidToo much and for too long we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things Our Gross National Product now is over 800 billion dollars a year but that Gross National Product if we judge the United States of America by that that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and ard cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our childrenYet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children the uality of their education or the joy of their play It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials It measures neither our wit nor our courage neither our wisdom nor our learning neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country it measures everything in short except that which makes life worthwhile And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are AmericansIf this is true here at home so it is true elsewhere in worldYancey Strickler's book drives home this key insight for our timesModern business has maximized profit as the only measure of impact It doesn't have to be this wayBusiness can be a partner in helping use markets to affect change while recognizing its holistic impact on civilization beyond the productBe prepared real change takes time often decades 30 years or longer by Yancey's count Kennedy gave that speech in 1968 Here we are some 50 years later no closer to acting on the insightDo what you can today to change tomorrowDo it today MARTINIQUE. : Produits du terroir et recettes traditionnelles replace them with On the measure of GDP in 1968 Robert Kennedy saidToo much and for too long we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things Our Gross National Product now is over 800 billion dollars a year but that Gross National Product if we judge the United States of America by that that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them It counts the destruction of the Rêve de Guyane redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and ard cars for the police to fight the

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Ed toward better measurement of what matters technology and specificity of goals and refocus them to build a generous fair and future prepared society By re calibrating our definition of value a world of scarcity can blossom into a world of abundanceHopeful but firmly grounded full of concrete examples and bursting with creativity This Could Be Our Future brilliantly dissects the world we live in and shows us a road map to the world we are capable of makin Yet another work tracing what's happened to us since the day we were cast out of the garden of eden some call it Reaganism some neoliberalism Strickler refers to Milton Friedman's article bringing financial maximization to the public's attention Since that day the well known curve showing that productivity continues to rise but wages stagnate Strickler thinks we can overcome the problem thru the power of platitudes Specifically he proposes what he calls Bentoism from the Japanese takeout lunch box which guides our decision making on 2 axes present future me us As feel good ideas go this ain't a bad one but I'm skeptical of results

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Something newIn this bold powerful book Yancey Strickler – co founder of Kickstarter – lays out an inspiring vision for a new world we have the power to create and how we can change course While the pursuit of wealth has produced innovation and prosperity it's also produced dire conseuences environmental collapse corruption exploitation and unhappiness around the world We don't have to get rid of money entirely though we can co opt the tools we have us It pains me slightly to give this book a negative review because I think his diagnosis is basically correct He argues that since the late 1970s basically in response to Milton Friedman's 1970 New York Times article about maximizing shareholder value American life has had only a single value financial maximization to the detriment of all of us He argues that though it won't be easy or uick we can and should start working to change thatThe book is broken into two parts first he tries to convince you that financial maximization is the root of many problems plaguing us today; then he offers his plan for action on how to ensure 30 years from now the year 2050 looks very differentBoth parts are weak and unconvincing Heck I agree with him and I still thought that I can only imagine all the positive reviews are due to mood affiliation They think the underlying idea is correct and are rating the book based on that rather than the merits and flaws of the book itselfIn the first part Strickler tries to convince you that his diagnosis is correct But it is facile and unconvincing He brings up a baker's dozen of flaws in the modern economy and implies that they are due to financial maximization rather than making direct arguments In some cases as when he talks about the consolidation of radio stations and the subseuent loss of music diversity it is clearer to see the link he's suggesting But in others it remains uite murky Tax deductions on shopping centers? Falling entrepreneurship rates? Recycling? The rise of credit card debt? Stock buy backs?Strickler specifically calls his book a manifesto so it isn't entirely fair to judge it against detailed and serious books But all of these topics are well trod Heck one of Karl Marx's critiues of capitalism was that it would inevitably result in having a single value money Other books that do a better job of exploring aspects of this are The Shareholder Value Myth How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors Corporations and the Public This Life Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom The Myth of Capitalism Monopolies and the Death of Competition The Economists' Hour False Prophets Free Markets and the Fracture of Society and Transaction Man The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American DreamPart of the problem is that Strickler never makes a good distinction between businesses and individuals; most of the book focuses on faceless businesses but then how do the steps I can take have any realistic impact? and usually ignores the contributions of individual people He talks about how when Wal Mart enters a town 85% of the business comes from existing local businesses But that's entirely the fault of individual people not Wal Mart Individual people are saying paying lower prices is important than living in a diverse neighborhood But Strickler never mentions this obvious pointNot making this distinction between business and private is what also undermines the second half of the book What are we supposed about it? This is the make or break section of the book and it just doesn't really deliver He suggests that when we're faced with a decision we should do a kind of variation of the SWOT analysis Except he calls it Bentoism like a bento box There are four uadrants Now Me Now Us Future Me and Future Us He argues that financial maximization focuses solely on New Me a dubious claim that he doesn't even really argue for By thinking about other things other values will come to mind family friends institutions etc Andthat's it That is literally the only Call To Action he providesButdoes anyone really think the average family is guilty of financial maximization to any significant degree? Almost every family has children which can hardly be described as financial maximization Sure people do things that are focused on money at the expense of other things But how much of that is structural you need a car to get to work everywhere in America so you need a job that can pay for a car or a result of modern precariousness How much money do you need to be safe when you might be hit with a 50000 medical bill? Or be subject to age discrimination at age 50 and suddenly find yourself retired a decade before you can receive Social Security? Would you spend time with family and friends if your job didn't send you email at 10pm? If they didn't change your shift schedule every week?Throughout the entire book the only examples of non businesses living with values areTaylor Swift and Adele It is hardly a compelling argument It is just very unclear to me what normal people can do I don't think we're actually helpless despite what you think ignoring that 10pm e mail probably won't get you fired but I don't think Strickler gives many useful tools to find our way out of the world we currently live in

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