The Misfit Economy

  • by Alexa Clay, Kyra Maya Phillips
  • Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Who are the greatest innovators in the world? You're probably thinking Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford - the usual suspects.
This book isn't about them. 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 street markets of Sao Paulo and Guangzhou, and the rubbish dumps of Lagos. They are pirates, slum dwellers, computer hackers, dissidents, and inner city gang members.
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 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?

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What the Critics Say

"This book will make you think again with engaging stories and insightful analysis of how people operating on the fringes create unique business models, and in the process transform the culture around them." (Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

wide, but not deep

I think the title promises more than the book delivers. Other than a few examples of entrepreneurs with hustle, there wasn't much to the book.
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- Andy

Couldn't finish it

The romantization of crime and pseudoscience was painful. I gave it over about hour to get reasonable, but then I was stuck with it on the train until I got back on WiFi. There wasn't really anything useful, just random anecdotes of low quality. I thought parts of Trevor Noah's Born a Crime addressed this book's topic better than this did.
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- Micseydel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-16-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio