EcoTypes: Navigating Paradox in a Divided World serves as a companion and in-depth resource to the online EcoTypes initiative.
EcoTypes responds to a preeminent challenge of our time: we live in a divided world, threatening genuine environmental progress addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental injustice, and other concerns.
How do we navigate this world of disagreement and debate? It’s understandable to believe that we need to fight the people we disagree with, or that we need to reach agreement to move forward. Yet EcoTypes suggests a third possibility: that “many care, just differently,” that our differences can be a resource for progress if we understand and honor them.
EcoTypes helps clarify the fundamental issues we are debating, and offers a reframing of these debates as a potential resource toward progress. As the EcoTypes homepage says: “We disagree. That’s good! Our differing EcoTypes can be a source of creative solutions.”
The volume, intended for a general as well as broad academic audience, follows the below organizational structure.
- Introduction: Why EcoTypes? A personal and intellectual background to help the reader appreciate, and best approach, the EcoTypes initiative.
- I Beg to Differ! The reality of ideological difference; how expressed via twelve EcoTypes axes.
- Deep Disagreement: Three Questions. Place, Knowledge, and Action EcoTypes themes and related attractors.
- Imagining EcoTypes. Eight EcoTypes and complementary EcoTypes, understood as environmental frameworks, and ultimately as environmental imaginaries.
- Navigating Paradox, Sustaining Difference. Application of above to engagement across difference, exemplified via diverse U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
- Appendix. Additional information for readers, including key terminology, methodological details, and bibliographic essays for each chapter.