Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling

Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling

by Andrew J. Hoffman


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Both thoughtful and thought-provoking, Finding Purpose challenges our understanding of how humanity interacts with planet Earth, and our role within this. Collecting over 20 pieces from a lifetime of work in academia and trade, across speeches, blogs, editorials and essays, Hoffman directly addresses humanity's role in creating and adapting to climate change. 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 popular politics, Hoffman ensures that the ideas he explores are wholly accessible and applicable to the reader. Fully substantiated through various research and examples, the issues described are consistently made relevant to the reader.

From student to CEO, Environmental Stewardship is ideal material for anyone 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: 9781783533725
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/30/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (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

Foreword, by J.B. MacKinnon

1. Introduction, Life's work

1. Life's Work as a Personal Vocation

2. Finding hope

3. Your theory of change

4. Your personal model of leadership

5. What do you believe?

6. Why do you care?

2. Green Business as a Calling

7. Why green business?

8. Green in the corner office

9. Business (almost) as usual

10. Capitalism and markets must evolve

11. Dark green or light green?

3. Reclaiming the Role of Academia

12. Making bricks versus making change

13. Public engagement as a balancing act

14. The new environmental scholarship

4. Changing Culture and Values

15. Culture and carbon

16. Culture and climate

17. Detoxifying the climate change debate

5. A Call to a Calling

18. Pope Francis as messenger

19. To till and keep the garden

20. The Anthropocene spirit

21. Conclusion, The Great Work



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