Ecological thinking revolves around the idea that there isn’t just one right answer, but many answers that can all be related to that idea. It is a holistic way of thinking that takes every aspect of a situation and take it into consideration.
It is impossible to please every person when if comes down to finding something perfect. This is because there would not be only one perfect choice, but many. Different people have different tastes and needs. That is why there are so many varieties of things to suit these different people. For example, there are many different cultures and religions in the world. This is because all the people in the world do not believe in the same exact things. Ecological thinking is also the reason why there are so many different kind of shampoos at the store. People have different needs and wants than each other, but they all agree that they want to wash their hair.
Ecological thinking is connective, and is a way of accepting all variables in a situation and acknowledge them without judgement.
- “Talks: Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce”, http://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_on_spaghetti_sauce.html
- Code, Lorraine. Ecological thinking the politics of epistemic location, Oxford University Press. New York. 2006.
- Keni, Shoshanah. Ecological thinking: a new approach to educational change, University Press of American. Lanham, Md., 2002
- “Holism in ecological anthropology” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holism_in_ecological_anthropology
- Resnick, Mitchell. Thinking like a Tree (and other forms of ecological thinking) http://llk.media.mit.edu/courses/readings/thinking-like-tree.pdf
- Ulrich, Werner. Some difficulties of ecological thinking, considered from a critical systems perspective: a plea for critical holism. Systems Practice, Vol. 6, No. 6, 1993, pp. 583-611. Plenum Publishing Corp. New York. 1993. 2006