Entrepreneurs about their ECOintention experiences and
De Stijl Makelaardij | Managing director Mariska Appelman
Staatsbosbeheer | Forester Ecology Ton Klomphaar
IVN Natuureducatie | Managing director Jelle de Jong
Happinez Festival | Editors
Results after four years of research
Managers and guardians have more time to themselves, are
more relaxed and more effective at realizing their goals.
There’s improved organization, communication, productivity
and finances in organizations. This is what a four-year
research project showed about the effects of ECOintention.
The research was carried out in 2014, 2008, 2007 and 2005 in
projects run by the third and fourth year trainees in the
vocational program to become an ECOintention Practitioner.
In order to research the impact of ECOintention the
Guardians were given a questionnaire with 11 statements
about their well-being and the condition of their
organization or project, at the start of the project, and
after 4, 8 and 12 months. For example: “I have time for
myself”, “I achieve my goals”, “My organization’s finances
are healthy”. The Guardians assigned each statement a score
of 1 to 7 depending on to what extent they agreed with the
statement. In this way their opinions at the start and at
the end of the project could be compared.
The 2014 research
showed that for all statements the score increased compared
to the beginning of the ECOintention project. For 67% of the
statements the increase was statistically significant. In
2005, 2007 and 2008 there were similar results.
The 4-year research shows that managers and Guardians
experience improvements in a large number of areas for
themselves and their organizations / ecosystems at the end
of an ECOintention process. They have more time to
themselves, are more relaxed, have greater self-confidence,
feel healthier and are better at achieving their goals. In
their organization or project, they experience improved
organization and communication. In general things get better
rather than worse. Productivity increases and finances
I have time
organization is achieving its goals.
Communication with the outside world.
health of the organization.
Communication in the organization.
Luck is on
organization of the enterprise.
I’m at the
hub of my organization.
Table with ECOintention results in 2014: there were 31
Guardians who completed the questionnaire at all four
moments in the process. Green means a higher and red means a
lower score than the initial measurement. Figures in bold
represent a statistically significant change. The scale was
1 (poor) to 7 (very good).
Broad diversity of projects
There were 57
Guardians involved in the 2014 research (e.g. managers,
leaders of organizations, wardens of land). They represented
49 very different projects, For example an energy company, a
research Institute, a bank, a political party, a magazine, a
publisher, a camping site, a beekeeper, educational
institutions, agricultural organizations, natural areas,
estates and public parks.
The third and fourth year trainees practised
ECOintention on the project for a year. They made energetic
interventions on average three times a week, on their own or
together with another trainee. In order to bring the energy
and flow back into their projects they used the resonance of
different energetic items. Every 6 to 8 weeks they visited
their projects to check up on the energy on location and to
have a coaching conversation with the Guardian about the
project’s development. Center for ECOintention supervised
all the projects. The research is being continued in 2015.