Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything
We buy “herbal” shampoos that contain industrial chemicals that can threaten our ...more
Good Guide is evaluating a lot of the chemicals found in the products we use ...more
It's such an earnest book that details how we can make purchasing more transparent, such that consumers will spur an ecological revolution by buying only goods made in an ecologically safe fashion. The problem with the book, for me, as with many such 'green' books, is that - by the time I've finished reading it - I feel overwhelmed by the number of toxic chemicals in our environment and completely incapable of doing anything about it.
“Ecological refers to an understanding of organism and their ecosystems, and intelligence connotes the capacity to learn from experience and deal effectively with our environment. ...more
Toxins accumulating in the environment and our bodies could be a depressing topic, but the author presents a hopeful message and a vision of how to move forward to improve things.
Some changes have, in fact, already begun using information technology and consumer power. More change is on the horizon to give indi ...more
Otherwise, here's what stands out in this book: notions of life-cycle assessments (LCAs), the triple bottom line (health, society, environment), and most of all radical transparency - the notion that if we had more information available at point of purchase, we would make be ...more
There is a lot of information contained in the book and it could be well used to fuel the fire for ...more
"Finally, are radical transparency and all its incremental improvements enough? The adequacy of perpetual upgrades alone was questioned from a surprising source: John Ehrenfeld, the executive director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. One of the founders of the field, Ehrenfeld fears that in terms of the massive challenges facing our planet, these gradual improvements may be too little, too late. Ehrenfeld points out tha ...more
One of the BEST things I learned in this book is to go ...more
Si vede benissimo che l'autore ha incluso ogni tanto qualche considerazione nel suo campo di studi solo per combinare il meglio possibile ciò a cui sono stato abituati i suoi lettori e ciò che voleva realmente scrivere, infatti nella sua spiegazione dell'intelligenza ecologica ...more
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My only nitpick with this book, the reason why I can't rate it with 5 stars, is that it feels at times like Goleman is acting like this is his movement. He writes about other people's findings and solutions, yet says that he came up with the label "ecological intelligence". I get it...he writes books that are titled "... Intelligence".
Pretty good book, but very preachy ...more
Consider this quote from p. 246: "This informational fix hasbeen a missing piece in the free market system all along, one that holds the promise of en ...more
Goleman offers a measurement of environmental impact, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) that “allows us to systematicall ...more
This book or audio book is a great learning tool for anyone that wants to learn about the products we buy. The purpose of "Ecological Intelligence" is to educate the reader (or listener, in my case) about the things we use, are exposed to, buy and consume every day. Daniel Gole ...more
Two years ago, British fashion designer Anna Hindmarch produced the must-have accessory of the season: a bleached, organic cotton tote manufactured in fair-wage factories, subsidized with carbon offsets and emblazoned with the slogan, I'm NOT a plastic bag. But according to Goleman (_Emotional Intelligence_), the people who bought the bag were advertising their ecological ignorance, not their consciousness. In this thorough examination of the inconsistencies and delusions
I picked up this book for a song in the 'closing down' sale of Borders. It sounded right up my alley. I've started it about 14 times and never made it past chapter 7, but today I decided to devote my plane journey to it and I'm glad to say its finally finished.
The premise is simple, we consume too much, we consume wastefully and we consume irrationally. The book doesn't really cover the first point but for the latter 2 it ...more
"GoodGuide can evaluate a company's policies, its disclosure of key information on products, and ultimately a company's impacts on consumers, workers, communities, and the environment."
Warning: GoodGuide can eat up a lot of your time. ...more
The book provide information on how we can contribute to save the earth us ...more
The basic premise: if we knew the hidden impacts of our buying/selling, we could be better shoppers and shapers of a more positive, resilient, ecology-friendly future.
Has many concepts that are new to me: Industrial ecology, radical transparency, Life Cycle Assessment. All of these evaluate the interconnections between a product and the environment in various stages.
The author points out, because of the complexities of production and the ...more
He sets out to make the "radical trasparency" of our consumer choice a reality. Beginning with Coca Cola's 1960's Life Cycle Assessment methodology (used to assess the impact of glass and plastic bottles) he show it is not as clear cut as we would like.
That organic pesticide T-Shirt - wonderfully unpolluting - ...more
Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times best sellers list for a year-and-a-half. Named one of the 25 "Most Influential Busine ...more