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What do you value? Why is it that often the things we value the most - from frontline nurses to the natural environment to keeping children well fed and educated - seem of little importance to economic markets? 

In Value(s), one of the great economic thinkers of our time examines how economic value and social values became blurred, how we went from living in a market economy to a market society and how to rethink and rebuild before it’s too late.

During his time as a G7 central banker and seven years spent as governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney witnessed the collapse of public trust in elites, globalisation and technology, the challenges of the fourth Industrial Revolution and the existential threat of the growing climate emergency. Drawing on a truly international perspective to our greatest problems, this book sets out a framework for the change needed for an economic and social renaissance in a post-COVID world. Embedding the values of sustainability, solidarity and responsibility into all decision-making is integral to his argument for how we can channel the dynamism of the market to turn intractable problems into enormous opportunities. His deeply researched and forward-looking manifesto goes to the heart of what we’ve got wrong in the past and offers action plans to set it right for individuals, businesses, investors and governments.

In short, Value(s) sets out how we can build a better world for all. It is a book that offers achievable solutions to global problems, building a future fit for our children, grandchildren and generations to come. This is a plan for humanity restored.

©2021 Mark Carney (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A radical book that speaks out accessibly as to how we get everyone involved in solving our problems. And this is what we need: 50 Shades of People for 50 Shades of Green." (Bono)

"Mark Carney’s indispensable new book asks how we can go from knowing the price of everything to understanding its true value. From the Great Financial Crisis to climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, this is the essential handbook for 21st-century leaders, policymakers and everyone who wants to build a fair and sustainable world." (Christine Lagarde) 

"A road map to a fairer and more responsible, resilient world. Carney offers trenchant insights into our relationship with money and status, imagination and responsibility critical to our world’s future. What do we invest in - profit or human potential? This book is irradiated with the inspiring and critical conviction that money can be transformed into a tool of collective good." (Antony Gormley) 

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Values are the basis of value

Former Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney has written this long book (20 hours plus) in which he reflects on how market economies become market societies. Aware that markets are fundamentally a human construct he ponders whether it is possible to turn markets back into humanity the same way that grappa can be turned back into wine. He considers his time at the Bank of England (and prior role at the Bank of Canada) as fleeting visits to something that is permanent and ever lasting and ponders the fact that there have been a couple of hundred people in the role prior to his tenure, most of whom are long forgotten. Few, however, will have shepherded the Old Lady of Theadneedle Street through such challenging times.
Mr Carney considers that the three largest challenges facing the financial world at the moment are Credit, COVID and Climate change. Although a force for the good he sees markets as social concepts that need social capital and is scathing of crypto currencies that lack the human element in their development. Mr Carney does not believe however that the markets can solve everything and, to him, the four scariest words in the English language are "this time it's different".
There undoubtedly some fascinating and original thinking in this book and I was genuinely interested in the section on purposefully based companies being more successful, I could, however, have done with a little less on the long section on the history of banking and the chapter on corporate governance both of which were unnecessary and have been done better by others. Mark Carney will be one of the few Bank of England former governors who will be remembered. And for the right reasons.

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value and values explained in a global context

value and values explained in a global sustainable content.

not negative.
not positive.
real
well done Mark Carney

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good book, useless

Giving this five stars, I think you should read this book, and tell your freinds about it, because I hope that it can get in the hands of someone who can actually put it's ideas into practice. if you're not in the one percent, this book will basically be an exercise in wishful thinking, at times it'll make you feel powerless, because it's not really written for you. but i still think you should share it. and maybe someday someone with actual power might read it

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Excellent

A compelling argument surrounding a reevaluation of values is made. narration is good. Overall an excellent book.

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Detailed and personal view

An sobering view with a bit of uplift of a big part of our shared modern culture. Great to have a narrative to go along with recently unfurling of initiatives in the financial sector. A compelling need for urgency and pace in these matters permeates the pages of this book. Recommended.

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Refreshing...

....that an establishment figure of such standing & credibility talks so eloquently about the global challenges our political mainstream is too afraid to address.

only negative comment....the reading performance isn't great.

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Definitely not a failed 2nd Tier Banker

Marks insight in this book is absolutely fantastic he covers a-lot of concepts which will be discussed at the upcoming Davos 2021/22 summit finance is changing and this book will help give you an idea of how the new and coming technologies will change the way we live as well as how we derive Value in this new era.

My only point of disagreement was on Bitcoin other than that he covers a-lot of very interesting topics and discusses how things will be rapidly changing I strongly agree with him on how this industrial revolution will be bigger than the previous ones and will affect more livelihoods.