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A bold and urgent argument by economist and former bank governor Mark Carney on the radical, foundational change that is required if we are to build an economy and society based not on market values but on human values.

Our world is full of fault lines - growing inequality in income and opportunity; systemic racism; health and economic crises from a global pandemic; mistrust of experts; the existential threat of climate change; deep threats to employment in a digital economy with robotics on the rise. These fundamental problems and others like them, argues Mark Carney, stem from a common crisis in values. Drawing on the turmoil of the past decade, Mark Carney shows how "market economies" have evolved into "market societies" where price determines the value of everything. 

When we think about what we, as individuals, value most highly, we might list fairness, health, the protection of our rights, economic security from poverty, the preservation of natural diversity, resources, and beauty. The tragedy is, these things that we hold dearest are too often the casualties of our 21st-century world, where they ought to be our bedrock.

In this profoundly important new book, Mark Carney offers a vision of a more humane society and a practical manifesto for getting there. How we reform our infrastructure to make things better and fairer is at the heart of every chapter, with outlines of wholly new ideas that can restructure society and enshrine our human values at the core of all that we build for our children and grandchildren.

©2021 Mark Carney (P)2021 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

"A fantastic read for anyone interested in the most pressing issues facing the world. Carney articulates the dilemmas that lie between society's values and the economic market's value. He proposes a more fruitful path for bringing them closer together, so that the challenges we face can be seen as opportunities to solve. The need for a world of profit with better purpose is explained in such a clear and persuasive style. I hope it gets read by many people. His final chapter about humility, alone, is worthy for its lovely description of the realities of the journey to apparent success." (Jim O'Neil, chair of Chatham House, former chairman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, former commercial secretary to the Treasury)

"Writing with the benefit of almost two decades at the heart of global financial policymaking higher circles, 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, former chair and managing director of the IMF and president of the European Central Bank)

"For nearly two decades, Mark Carney, international technocrat par excellence, has been in the most important rooms where it happened. In this thought-provoking and readable book, he asks a fundamental question: Why have the values in our society been hijacked by valuations in the market, and how do we restore paramountcy to basic values like integrity, fairness, and kindness? Carney brings to Value(s) the experience and wisdom of someone who has occupied the highest positions in the private and public sectors as well as the idealism of one who hopes for a better tomorrow. As societies struggle to rebuild solidarity in the post-Covid world, it will be an essential guide." (Raghuram Rajan, former chief economist and director of research at the IMF)

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good read

A solid follow up to Bill Gates' 'How to prevent a climate disaster'. Well read by the author.

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Values - Fabulous Read

Excellent and historical description of world economics, money, political pressures, crypto, covid, climate change and the rapid change nations, companies and individuals are now experiencing in these very challenging times.....recommended for all who are interested in the challenges and opportunities in our world given covid, climate change and the pending 4th Industrial Revolution.

A tremendous effort and very clear thinking from the former head of the Bank of Canada and Bank of England.

Highly recommend the audiobook to allow for easy listening and replaying.