Exploring the Power of Cooperative Relationships in Nature

Dr. Dayna Baumeister, Biomimicry 3.8 Co-founder

Dr. Dayna Baumeister, Biomimicry 3.8

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WE LIVE IN A World of Relationships

Our world is full of relationships, from business departments to supply chains to stockholders to member networks, and beyond. But we’re not the only ones who rely on relationships. Thanks to 3.8 billion years of ecosystem evolution, nature has much to teach us about how cooperative relationships can create more sustainable, resilient ways of doing business.

In this recorded webinar, Dr. Dayna Baumeister outlines lessons from nature on the power of mutual, symbiotic relationships. Learn why nature fosters cooperation over competition—and discover how the fusion of biomimicry into social innovation can help you leverage relationships to foster productive, results-driven innovation that create thriving company cultures.


How does nature do it?
4 Key Criteria

1 | Must be a net benefit for each party which fosters a reinforcing feedback loop

2 | The value exchange is of different resources or services

3 | The benefit (of resources or services) is something each partner can readily provide to the other

4 | Partners respond and adapt to each other and the changing contexts

Download this shareable infographic capturing the four key criteria of mutualisms in nature!

Today I used the lessons from your “Why Nature Fosters Cooperation” webinar in a session with youth healthcare organizations that, because of new regulations, have to collaborate in different ways. They loved it and are actually thinking of revising some of their plans now. Thanks for all your work.
— Saskia van den Muijsenberg

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In this recorded webinar, Biomimicry 3.8 Keystone Dr. Dayna Baumeister goes deep into the insights behind nature's lessons for mutually beneficial relationships.

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