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Do you ever wonder why we resist doing the right thing?

Why time and again, we choose economic growth over community well-being, or working endless hours over doing what we love?

In The Value Crisis, Andrew Welch offers a unique perspective on these questions.  He reveals how the unprecedented dominance of numbers and number-based values in our world has relegated our time-h
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 2014 by Aanimad Press
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Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
My eyes start to glaze over if I read too much economics and number stuff and the first two thirds of this book is mostly that, which is why it took me so long to read it. But his point is clear and the juxtaposition of values is very interesting. The last third of the book, where he's talking about theory, predictions and solutions is interesting. He's given me a clearer understanding of our three values systems -- investor, consumer and citizen -- and has an interesting thesis about how the ba ...more
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Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating insight into why the world seems hell bent on self-destruction and what we can do about it. The author scrupulously avoids assigning blame (even when it seems deserved) and develops a set of perspectives which not only illuminate our modern world in fresh ways but also point to ways out of the cul de sac we are careering down. The use of mathematics to understand value systems is particularly brilliant -- and not difficult to grasp for any math phobics out there.

Well worth the read
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Here are two independently published reviews.  (The review in the well-respected Alternatives Journal may also be found here.)

Review by Janet Kimantas (Associate Editor), published in Alternatives Journal (09 July 2015)

Andrew Welch has a thing about numbers.  He loves them.  But as he gradually began to see the connection between growing, multiple global crises and the lack of awareness surrounding the day-to-day human behaviour that produces them, he began to
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Andrew Welch introduces a unique perspective to what's causing the problems of today's world - a shifting focus towards number-based values, and away from human-based values.

His novel content is true to his book's message, and he uses very few numbers and statistics to prove his point, which was honestly an adjustment. But his explanations on the different sections of the book come together, fit together and makes sense. I liked the connections he made between Maslow's heirarchy and Herzberg's s
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