Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling

Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling

by Andrew J. Hoffman

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Overview

Both thoughtful and thought-provoking, Finding Purpose aims to challenge our understanding of how humanity interacts with planet Earth, and our role within this. This book is an invitation: would you like to participate in one of the most important projects of imagination, perhaps the greatest ever, in human history? Distilling and refining over 20 pieces from a lifetime of work in academia and trade, across speeches, blogs, editorials and essays, Hoffman invites us to look beyond material growth and explore the role of the individual and business in discovering a wider purpose to bring about a balanced and sustainable society.

The reader is encouraged to consider humanity’s relationship with the environment through different lenses: business, academia, faith-based and cultural. By bringing them together, Hoffman encourages us to understand our relationship with the planet in a far more holistic sense.

Drawing on ideas from philosophy, literature, natural sciences and politics, Hoffman ensures that the ideas he explores are wholly accessible and applicable. Fully substantiated through various research and examples, the issues described are consistently made relevant to the reader.Finding Purpose is the perfect book for anyone – from student to CEO – thinking about their place in the world, and how making changes in our own lives and societies can impact on the world around us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783533541
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/30/2016
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Andrew J. Hoffman is the Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. He has previously worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency and in the construction industry.

J.B. MacKinnon is a journalist and author of The Once and Future World.

Table of Contents

ForewordJ.B. MacKinnon1. Introduction, Life’s workPart I: Life’s Work as a Personal Vocation2. Finding hope3. Your theory of change4. Your personal model of leadership5. What do you believe? 6. Why do you care? Part II: Green Business as a Calling7. Why green business? 8. Green in the corner office9. Business (almost) as usual10. Capitalism and markets must evolve11. Dark green or light green? Part III: Reclaiming the Role of Academia12. Making bricks versus making change13. Public engagement as a balancing act14. The new environmental scholarshipPart IV: Changing Culture and Values15. Culture and carbon16. Culture and climate17. Detoxifying the climate change debatePart V: A Call to a Calling18. Pope Francis as messenger19. To till and keep the garden20. The Anthropocene spirit21. Conclusion, The Great WorkAcknowledgementsBiographiesReferences

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