A book that argues that lessons in creativity, innovation, salesmanship, and entrepreneurship can come from surprising places: pirates, bootleggers, counterfeiters, hustlers, and others living and working on the margins of business and society.
Who are the greatest innovators in the world? You’re probably thinking Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford. The usual suspects.
This book isn’t about them. It’s about people you’ve never heard of. It’s about people who are just as innovative, entrepreneurial, and visionary as the Jobses, Edisons, and Fords of the world, except they’re not in Silicon Valley. They’re in the crowded streets of Shenzhen, the prisons of Somalia, the flooded coastal towns of Thailand. They are pirates, computer hackers, pranksters, and former gang leaders.
Across the globe, diverse innovators operating in the black, grey, and informal economies are developing solutions to a myriad of challenges. Far from being “deviant entrepreneurs” that pose threats to our social and economic stability, these innovators display remarkable ingenuity, pioneering original methods and practices that we can learn from and apply to move formal markets.
This book investigates the stories of underground innovation that make up the Misfit Economy. It examines the teeming genius of the underground. It asks: Who are these unknown visionaries? How do they work? How do they organize themselves? How do they catalyze innovation? And ultimately, how can you take these lessons into your own world?
People, i think i have found the ultimate prep read for Uranus in Taurus (May 2018 until April 2026). This really is a new era incoming and in particular for business. Unless you’re totally new to this planet, you will have gathered that the economy and financial structures are in need of rad reform and that some sort of drastic evolutionary process/paradigm shift has been underway with Pluto in Capricorn…since 2008.
But without becoming completely cynical OR becoming consumed with activist fervor, what to do? I am only a third of the way through The Misfit Economy and have decided to post about it here because it is utterly inspirational. There is something that pings off an existential eureka flash on nearly every page. It’s an extremely ‘now’ book and just as relevant to employees as it is to entrepreneurs.
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