Summary of Ecological Intelligence

How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything

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Ecological Intelligence book summary
Well-informed shoppers want ecologically sound products, so companies that furnish both data and green goods will benefit.


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The manufactured world has produced incredible variety, luxury and convenience, but at what cost to the environment and to human bodies? Emotional intelligence expert Daniel Goleman persuasively argues for “radical transparency” about environmental impact. He says that if people could see at a glance the harm that the products they buy wreak upon the earth and human health, they would make ecologically sounder choices. Goleman asserts that such transparency would add to the legions of eco-conscious consumers, help the environment and even boost corporate profits. Though it is not as tightly written as his previous books, getAbstract recommends this compelling, detailed work of advocacy for marketplace transparency. Goleman works hard to prove that it is an idea whose time has come.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the ecological, biological and social impacts of common products matter;
  • How to use “radical transparency” to teach shoppers the environmental consequences of their choices and
  • How eco-impact information changes shopping behavior.


Industrial Ecology: Measuring Products’ Effects on the Environment
“Ecological intelligence” is awareness of how your actions affect the world around you. This includes learning the impact of various products and processes on the “geosphere,” the “biosphere” and the “sociosphere,” which...
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About the Author

Two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Daniel Goleman wrote the bestsellers Primal Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence, and covered science for The New York Times.

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