Nature and Biodiversity

Ideas for change: your environmental handprint

Daniel Goleman
Co-Director, Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Share:
Our Impact
What's the World Economic Forum doing to accelerate action on Nature and Biodiversity?
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how Future of the Environment is affecting economies, industries and global issues
A hand holding a looking glass by a lake
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale
Stay up to date:

Future of the Environment

The biggest challenge facing those seeking to achieve environmental sustainability through behavioural change is apathy.

Daniel Goleman argues that we are engaging the wrong part of the brain by focusing on the environmental footprint – a negative measure of what we are doing wrong.

He believes we would trigger a positive and enthusiastic response by instead talking about the environmental handprint – a measure of what we are doing right – such as cycling instead of driving or eating locally produced food.

By scaling this concept and encouraging whole communities to enlarge their environmental handprint, we could harness entrepreneurial and competitive spirit and create a market-changing drive to sustainability.

Watch the full session

Author: Psychologist Daniel Goleman’s seminal book, Emotional Intelligence, spent 18 months on the New York Times bestseller list. Goleman has used the concept of emotional intelligence – that IQ is not an indicator of success or abilities – to explore topics including leadership, creativity, transparency, meditation and the ecological crisis.

He is widely regarded as one of the most influential business writers and science journalists of our time and has been recognized with many awards. From his lifetime of research, Goleman’s practical lesson for us comes down to enjoying simple pleasures and “nourishing your social connections”

Don't miss any update on this topic

Create a free account and access your personalized content collection with our latest publications and analyses.

Sign up for free

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Share:
World Economic Forum logo
Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe today

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

How can offshore wind be a nature-positive climate solution?

Xi Xie and Qin Haiyan

June 24, 2024

About Us

Events

Media

Partners & Members

  • Join Us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2024 World Economic Forum