As of mid-October, over 2000 people have completed the EcoTypes survey in 2022. This page offers a summary of EcoTypes patterns among respondents, following a methodology we propose to adopt effective January 2023…read on!
At the bottom of this page is a dynamic 3D chart you can use to visualize 2115 responses so far in 2022. They follow seven predominant EcoTypes, based on Place, Knowledge, and Action theme scores. These scores are based on the average of four main contributing axes for each. Following this methodology, here is a pie chart of these seven EcoTypes, with colors matching the 3D chart at bottom.
These seven EcoTypes can be simplified into five combined types by grouping similar EcoTypes, like this:
The methods used to calculate the above charts and 3D graph at bottom differ a bit from those used at present to calculate EcoTypes. These methods are simplified, and stable, so that you can readily calculate your Place, Knowledge, and Action theme scores based on your survey results, and so that determination of your EcoType does not change based upon respondent factor and cluster analysis statistics.
- Currently, your Place, Knowledge, and Action scores are calculated based on the weighted contribution of all related axes, as you’ll see here. While you can thus calculate your theme scores yourself, it’s a bit cumbersome, and based on historical factor analysis results.
- Though a little different from that weighted contribution link above, additional data suggest that there are four main contributing axes for each theme. The results you see charted above and below come from a simple unweighted mean of these four main axes—which correlates with themes derived from all axes between 0.93 and 0.96, thus is a good alternative. Here are the axes:
- The current determination of EcoTypes comes from the top five EcoTypes clusters determined from existing data. But composition and prevalence of EcoTypes changes a bit over time—as one example, some data suggest Earth Justice (nonhuman Place, big Action) as a prevalent EcoType, while other data suggest Indigenous Justice (old Knowledge, big Action).
- The charts above and below thus include seven prevalent EcoTypes, not just the top five current ones. It also includes Other, in recognition that some data don’t fit these seven: in general, the Other category is for Place, Knowledge, and Action scores all near zero. [There are other potential EcoTypes than these seven, but they are not yet in sufficient abundance to add to our list.]
- Below is a table of these eight total EcoTypes options, with their Place, Knowledge, and Action characteristics.
|Science for Humanity||Human||New||0|
|Small Green Steps||Nonhuman||0||Small|
Whew! That took a bit of explanation. Do take a look at the 3D chart* below to see how these seven EcoTypes, plus Other, are organized in space according to Place, Knowledge, and Action scores. Spin it to rotate around each theme, zoom in/out to see pattern details, and explore! Or, click here to view the chart in its own (bigger) tab.
The chart also includes attractors: idealized Place, Knowledge, and/or Action centroids defining each EcoType. For instance, the attractor for Earth Justice prioritizes nonhuman Place and big Action, but is agnostic regarding Knowledge, as you’ll see in the summary table above. Feel free to click on the buttons at the top of the chart to see the distribution of each EcoType, all Ecotypes with attractors, or attractors only.
*Many thanks to Jeremy McWilliams of Lewis & Clark’s Watzek Library for assistance on the 3D chart code.