Ecological Thinking is a term that has changed the way humans think about new inventions and old inventions. Instead of just giving a question which will eventually lead to only one answer (or even no answer), it offers several different answers and several different possibilities. The point of ecological thinking is that there is no right or wrong answer, there are just a lot of them. Also, ecological thinking tries to find solutions that will benefit or at least not destroy the environment of other living things. It is considered to be a holistic way of thinking.
It is often being compared to another type of thinking that it is now starting to replace, Technological Thinking. Technological thinking is often based on finding a way to make human life easier, to try and take away certain human limits on life. It is also only based on the speed and efficiency in the way it can be built and does not care about effects on other factors such as environment. A good example of technological thinking is the automobile, which was created with speed and efficiency. The automobile was created so quickly that it was strictly created to suit the needs of humans, to reduce traveling time, now it is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gases. Ecological thinking is the opposite of this. Unlike technological thinking, it tries to merge the technological and the natural, or in other words, it tries to create products that are environmentally friendly but also still aids humans in the search for an easier way of life. Creating these products takes time and space to create, unlike technological thinking.
Ecological thinking is also beginning to speed up and even be considered to be taught in school. According to Shoshanah Keni, educational systems have a very linear way of teaching and thinking which does not help develop the creative side of the human mind. Humans in society are actors, they live in the environment and interact with it and other living things, but they are also reflectors, they observe the environment they live in and try to find ways of making it easier for themselves and others. This is what Keni wants the education system to include, the ecological side of thinking. As North America begins to grow into a more aware place, it’s ideals are now just beginning to include a collective thought, a more ecological way of thinking.
Thinking Like A Tree http://llk.media.mit.edu/courses/readings/thinking-like-tree.pdf
Ecological Thinking: a new approach to educational change By: Shoshanah Keni
Ecological System http://telstar.ote.cmu.edu/environ/m3/s5/index.shtml
Definitions on Ecological, Ecology, Thinking, Think http://dictionary.reference.com/
Some Difficulties of Ecological Thinking, Considered from a Critical Perspective: A Plea for Critical Holism By: Werner Ulrich From the journal of Systematic Practice and Action Research
Ecology and Society Evaluating Functional Fit between a set of Institutions and an Ecosystem http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss2/art16/
Research for Experience Design What is Ecological Thinking? https://mpm17fall2009friday.wordpress.com/