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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Contents

Introduction
1
True Belief
15
Soul School
51
Action Heroes
81
The Briarpatch Way
99
Reclaiming the Soul of Business
123
Creative Action Heroes
161
Useful You
199
Acknowledgments
233
Permission Acknowledgments
247
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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 www.tobeofuse.com.

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