EcoTypes themes gather together the fourteen* EcoTypes axes into three underlying groups. If you take a look at correlations between the EcoTypes axes (perhaps better understood via network visualization), you’ll see that these axes are by no means independent of each other.
The three resultant themes were derived using a procedure called factor analysis; see details here. Each themes embodies a key question and creative tension (thus the well-known Chinese paradox icon) underlying multiple axes, and offers us opportunities for engagement around these creative tensions.
Click on any theme below for details. (And feel free to draw your own possible axis connections first, then compare with the empirically-based themes.)
*The Diversity axis is new for 2018-19, but fall 2018 results demonstrate its strong connection with the Action theme. The Future axis, interestingly, does not connect to the three empirically derived themes, as you’ll see on the network visualization and factor analysis results from 2017-18. Apparently, one’s sense of crisis vs. possibility in future can occur independent of one’s take on Place, Knowledge, and/or Action.