To Be of Use: The Seven Seeds of Meaningful Work

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New World Library, 2011 M07 27 - 272 pages
As a pioneer in the sustainable business movement, Smith & Hawken co-founder Dave Smith is on a mission to inspire people everywhere to reconcile compassionate values with capitalism. To Be of Use shows that business can be a force for radical change and paints a picture of how those driven by simple core values can make the world a better place. The book is a fascinating combination of Smith’s own transformation and rise in sustainable business with an inspirational manifesto of what meaningful work is and how we can find it.

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Dave Smith has been an executive assistant to Cesar Chavez, a cofounder of Briarpatch Natural Foods Co-op in Menlo Park, California, and cofounder of gardening company Smith & Hawken. He has held leadership positions in such companies as Real Goods, Self Care, Seeds of Change, and Diamond Organics and has been a key figure in the organic food movement. A serial startup entrepreneur, Smith cofounded Organic Bouquet, the first national organic floral company, and is currently part of the team introducing Organic To Go, a chain of restaurants offering organic meals for take-out and delivery. He has served on the boards of directors of Ecology Action and Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op in Mendocino County, California, and is a cofounder of Mendocino Organic Network, an alliance of farmers and consumers promoting local, organic, and sustainable farming. His website is

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