Integral Ecology Applied to Small-scale Community Woodlands

Preist, Chris
June 2008
Journal of Corporate Citizenship;Summer2008, Issue 30, p67
Academic Journal
This paper presents an introduction to integral ecology, and discusses its application within Green Light Trust--a charity in East Anglia, UK, which among other things works with local communities to establish new woodlands. It summarises key concepts in integral ecology--the four quadrants, the 12 niches and the model of eco-selves--which provide a view of the different aspects of reality (subjective, objective, individual and collective). It illustrates the 12 niches by analysing the impact of community woodland work from the different perspectives they provide, and shows that community woodland work has many different kinds of benefit. It then analyses Green Light Trust and its relationship with funding organisations in terms of the model of eco-selves, and shows how this, together with the 12-niche analysis, was used to improve Green Light Trust's effectiveness in communicating with funders. This resulted in a significant improvement in organisational effectiveness of Green Light Trust, together with improved financial position.


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