by Daniel Goleman, author of Ecological Intelligence: The Hidden Impacts of What We Buy
Near the start of the 20th century William James wrote that “an education in attention would be the education par excellence.” That was then.
Today, a century after James, I argue that the most crucial education would be in ecological intelligence—and that this demands rethinking and updating curricula in ecoliteracy in fields ranging from physics and chemistry to business and psychology.
Let me explain what I mean by ‘ecological intelligence’. For the 10,000 or so years of human history before the Industrial Revolution—what geologists call the Holocene Age—survival for the vast majority of people depended on each group’s keen understanding of the ecosystem it inhabited, whether the Kalahari or the Siberian tundra. Failure in this basic ecological knowledge meant death. (more…)