Integral Ecology Is…
the mixed methods (i.e., qualitative and quantitative) study of the subjective and objective aspects of organisms in relationship to their intersubjective and interobjective environments at multiple levels of depth and complexity.
The Integral Ecology Center…
Is supporting the ACTION being taken by integral practitioners around the globe through community networking.
Is a place to CONNECT with us about your own ecological passions and commitments.
In other words the IEC is committed to developing the field of Integral Ecology for people seeking meta-principles in response to our ecological and environmental challenges.
Integral Theory Overview
The world has never been so complex as it is right now—it is mind boggling and at times emotionally overwhelming. Not to mention, it only seems to get more complex and cacophonous as we confront the major problems of our day: religious fundamentalism, environmental degradation, failing education systems, and volatile financial markets. Never have there been so many disciplines and worldviews to consider and consult in addressing these issues: a cornucopia of perspectives. But without a way of linking, leveraging, correlating, and aligning these perspectives, their contribution to the problems we face are largely lost or compromised. We are now part of a global community and we need a framework—global in vision and anchored in the minutia of our daily lives—that can hold the variety of valid perspectives that have something to offer our individual efforts and collective solution building.
Integral Ecology Overview
Today there is a bewildering diversity of views on ecology and the environment. With more than two hundred distinct and valuable perspectives on the natural world—and with scientists, economists, ethicists, activists, philosophers, and others often taking completely different stances on the issues—how can we come to agreement to solve our toughest environmental problems? We need a framework to help sort through these many approaches and connect them in a pragmatic way that honors their unique insights on their own terms. Integral ecology provides this framework: a way of integrating the multiple fields of ecology and environmental studies into a complex, multidimensional meta-disciplinary approach to the natural world and our embeddedness within it. Integral ecology unites valuable insights from multiple perspectives into a comprehensive theoretical framework one that is already being put to use around the globe. This framework is the result of over a decade of research exploring the myriad perspectives on ecology available to us today and their respective methodologies. In short, this framework provides a way of understanding the relationship between who is perceiving nature, how the perceiver uses different methods, techniques, and practices to disclose nature, and what is perceived as nature.
The Integral Ecology Framework: Who x How x What