I found the book an incredibly flowing and easy read. What comes up for me is the simplicity of the presentation. And simplicity is a word I want to use, and incredibly inviting.
The author kept a neutral tone and refrained from putting down the past. They simply say that our present economy isn't working anymore and remind us that we have other options and infinite possibilities to turn to. Instead of hammering bad actors or what has been done in the past, they invite us into the future.
I recommend this book to leaders and others interested in expanding their mindset and entertaining a new way of being in the world. And I will reference the book in my work to support my message. This book contributes to the vision for a thriving humanity and is a voice from the future.
This book is more effective than many others because it's short. It is a quick read. At the beginning of the book, the authors paint a picture of what life can look like for people embracing an economy that allows them to pursue their interests and develop multiple flow of income.
Setting that vision and creating that image in people's heads feels very important to me. I really enjoy that part of the book and identified with it. One other thing that really struck me was the cooperation analysis, which made sense because we all help support each other, yes?
Cooperation analysis—that's so great!
The book which focuses on abundance is important because I see in nature a reflection of the Buddhist teaching that wealth and abundance are natural states of being. I enjoyed reading the chapter on cooperation versus competition, which reminds us how community is built on healthy cooperation in order to thrive. I also learned a lot in chapter 3 “ The Business of Abundance” and was surprised to read about emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, and crowdfunding.
The book offers a good discussion on technology, startups, and nonprofits. Something I didn't expect as the table of content sounded initially like an anti-capitalism diatribe. My favorite part of the book was the Chapter 4 "The Abundant Framework". It gave me a framework to think about the abundance economy and how to incorporate into my business.
Finally, I will keep in mind the last sentence of the book, "A seed is not a complete or finished product." It is an invitation for something new and unexpected to emerge.