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You’ll receive your own personalized report.
The report includes your axis and theme scores, and your EcoType, all detailed below.
Axes are the building blocks of EcoTypes. Each addresses a fundamental consideration in how we approach environmental issues. There can be differing opinions on each, summarized via axis poles. Some may sound clearly related to your EcoType—your environmental framework—such as Ecosystems and Nature; but many others, such as Change, Spirituality, Technology, and Time, may strike you as surprising. Yet thousands of completed EcoTypes surveys have suggested that each of these axes is highly relevant.
The fundamental building blocks of EcoTypes.
Wide range of axes, from Aesthetics to Time.
Each has two poles to express variety of opinion.
Themes are statistical combinations of axes that address a common big question and embody a key tension in how we approach environmental issues. The three themes are Place, Knowledge, and Action.
These themes were determined via factor analysis of thousands of responses to the EcoTypes survey over the last several years. Factor analysis combines similar axes based on the biggest differences among respondents. These differences are expressed via a key question underlying each theme, and theme attractors summarizing our divergent answers to this question.
Statistical combinations of common axes from thousands of survey responses.
Three themes: Place, Knowledge, and Action.
Each addresses a big question and embodies a key tension in how we approach environmental issues.
EcoTypes are patterns in theme scores—Place, Knowledge, and Action. There are four main EcoTypes based on Place and Knowledge, with two Action subtypes for each. EcoTypes thus build on axes and themes as introduced above.
You can think of EcoTypes as environmental worldviews, frameworks and/or imaginaries. Each of these concepts conveys particular possibilities, to be elaborated in the forthcoming EcoTypes book.
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Patterns in Place, Knowledge, and Action themes.
Four main EcoTypes (Earth Spirit, Ecoscience, Technoprogress, Traditional Ways), each with two Action subtypes.
EcoTypes can be approached as environmental worldviews, frameworks, and/or imaginaries.
How do differing EcoTypes matter in our world? One way to apply EcoTypes is in the context of our global priorities. The EcoTypes survey includes a wide range of possible priorities, all included among the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to allow us to explore how differing EcoTypes may result in differing—or, perhaps, similar—global priorities.
In the same way that your EcoType—your environmental framework—is related to a wide range of fundamental considerations (EcoTypes axes, summarized as themes), including but not limited to what we think of as “environmental” ones, the SDGs include a wide range of global priorities, including but not limited to “environmental” ones. So, for instance, Climate Action is an SDG, but so are No Poverty, Gender Equality, and others.
Each of the eight EcoTypes personae is tied to an SDG priority, to illustrate the possibility we consider in EcoTypes: that many care, just differently.
Our differing EcoTypes may relate to differing priorities for our world.
The EcoTypes survey explores these priorities via the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
Going Deeper With EcoTypes Components
You’ve just read about the main components of EcoTypes, and how they relate. But this information may have raised questions in your mind.
What are you especially curious about at this point regarding these components?