Ecological intelligence is not the same as eco-literacy, or biomimicry. Neither is it good environmental policy, or smart, sustainable, sexy landscaping.
Ecological Intelligence encompasses all of these fine and noble notions but it is categorically different.
As far as I know, I coined the term Ecological Intelligence. In any case, I define it as follows:
Ecology is the science of relationships in nature. Ecological Intelligence is therefore synonymous with the creativity of relationships in nature. Human consciousness is on a continuum of nature and can therefore express it. This becomes obvious and inescapable to anyone who actually has ecological intelligence.
Oika & Ecological Intelligence
When a human consciousness becomes aware of Ecological Intelligence operating within itself, I call this Oika.
Oika is a term derived from the Greek word for home, Oikos (which is also the root of the prefix “eco” as in ecology and economy). Oika highlights those instances when Ecological intelligence expresses itself through human consciousness. This makes perfect sense when you see human thought as emerging in continuity with nature’s relational creativity.
Oika is Ecological Intelligence applied in the human dimension called culture.
EI is visible in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation as the “primordial ecology of light”