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Ecological Intelligence The Hidden Impacts of What We Buy (Paperback)

Author:  Daniel Goleman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385527837
ISBN-13: 9780385527835
Sku: 212753037
Publish Date: 3/30/2010
Sales Rank: 78712
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 1T
Pages:  288
 
Reveals the hidden environmental consequences of what societies make and buy, and how that knowledge can drive the changes necessary to save the planet. *Author: Goleman, Daniel *Subtitle: The Hidden Impacts of What We Buy *Publication Date: 2010/03/30 *Number of Pages: 273 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.25
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The bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership now brings us Ecological Intelligence—revealing the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy, and how with that knowledge we can drive the essential changes we all must make to save our planet and ourselves.

We buy “herbal” shampoos that contain industrial chemicals that can threaten our health or contaminate the environment. We dive down to see coral reefs, not realizing that an ingredient in our sunscreen feeds a virus that kills the reef. We wear organic cotton t-shirts, but don’t know that its dyes may put factory workers at risk for leukemia. In Ecological Intelligence, Daniel Goleman reveals why so many of the products that are labeled green are a “mirage,” and illuminates our wild inconsistencies in response to the ecological crisis.

Drawing on cutting-edge research, Goleman explains why we as shoppers are in the dark over the hidden impacts of the goods and services we make and consume, victims of a blackout of information about the detrimental effects of producing, shipping, packaging, distributing, and discarding the goods we buy.

But the balance of power is about to shift from seller to buyer, as a new generation of technologies informs us of the ecological facts about products at the point of purchase. This “radical transparency” will enable consumers to make smarter purchasing decisions, and will drive companies to rethink and reform their businesses, ushering in, Goleman claims, a new age of competitive advantage.
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Literary experts have identified three major conflicts which may be applied to every narrative story that has ever been spoken or written--person vs. him/herself, person vs. person, and person vs. nature. Dr. Daniel Goleman has now written a non-fiction equivalent for all three. In his landmark book EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, Goleman made us re-think our notions of individual identity and intellect, and showed how we can achieve inner fulfillment. His follow-up, SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE, provided a new way of enriching our interactions with other people. Now, with ECOLOGICAL INTELLIGENCE, Goleman completes the triptych by providing a compelling outline of how we can all do our individual part to collectively protect our planet. He reveals a few of the numerous hidden ways that our habits impact the earth negatively, despite our best efforts. For example, many of the herbal supplements that people gobble to improve their health are actually tainted with preservatives, and those re-usable, cotton grocery bags that have become popular likely have a larger ecological footprint than the plastic ones everyone scorns. Now, perhaps Goleman can tackle the emerging "person vs. machine" conflict by writing ROBOTIC INTELLIGENCE, which will help us to interact with our android associates as they begin to assume a more prominent role in our lives.
Author Bio
Daniel Goleman
Daniel Goleman has been the psychology and brain science editor for "The New York Times", has taught at Harvard, where he received his Ph.D., and was a senior editor at "Psychology Today".
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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0288
Product attributePublisher:   Crown Business
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