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Finding Purpose

Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling, 1st Edition

By Andrew J. Hoffman


174 pages

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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. 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, the author 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.


It’s rather easy to get sucked into the black hole of pessimism when it comes to the state of our planet. And it’s just as tempting to find needed solace in optimism, a vague hope that something – technology or an eleventh-hour revolution – will put civilization and the biosphere on a sustainable course. Andrew Hoffman’s Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling, offers a path out of this stale polarity between optimism and pessimism.The book is unique in the realm of environmental literature in that it is less an alarmist call to action or policy prescription, and more of a call for self-reflection. Hoffman presents a collection of essays on the need to find purpose and calling wherever one is on life’s path. Whether a college senior on the eve of “selling out,” or a late career CEO who needs courage to look beyond the limited horizon of shareholder value, Hoffman gets the reader asking herself questions about her role in the wider effort to save our world.For the full review, please see: - Earth Island Journal - Bjorn Philip Beer |

| The University of Michigan’s Andrew Hoffman has crafted a series of heartfelt essays that explore why anyone connected with business should be concerned about climate change, sustainability, and the fate of the world…. Thoughtful and powerful.For the full review, please see: - BizEd Magazine || I recently had the opportunity to read a book titled “Finding Purpose” written by Andrew J. Hoffman. It is an outstanding book that should be read by everyone that has any interest in planet earth and its future….In summary, “Finding Purpose” is one of the best books I have read in a long time. If I were still teaching, this book would be required reading for every student. It is not just for students but for everyone who has had even the smallest interest in environmental issues. You may find additional information about the book at the full review, please see: - George P. Nassos & Associates blog - George P. Nassos

Table of Contents

Part 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? Part 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? Part 3: Reclaiming the Role of Academia 12. Making bricks versus making change 13. Public engagement as a balancing act 14. The new environmental scholarship Part 4: Changing Culture and Values 15. Culture and carbon 16. Culture and climate 17. Detoxifying the climate change debate Part 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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy