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Biomimicry + social innovation in Montana

March 30th, 2017|Categories: Announcements, Leadership, Life's Principles, Resilience|Sectors: |

Biomimicry + social innovation in Montana

What can quaking aspens teach us about adaptive leadership? The deciduous tree found throughout Montana is just one of many possible mentors participants at the upcoming Discover Nature’s Genius for Social Innovation immersion workshop will encounter. Regular registration for the five-day deep dive to explore the ecosystem and organisms found under Montana’s big sky ends April 3.

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

Engineering, biomimicry fusion creates pavilion that grows

March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Life's Principles, Materials, Product Design, Structures|Sectors: , , , , |

Engineering, biomimicry fusion creates pavilion that grows

The Elytra Filament Pavilion is now displaying in Germany. The pavilion, inspired by the hexagonal structures in beetle wings, is woven by a robot. This Inhabitat article mentions that real-time sensing data directs how the pavilion grows, opening the door for new thinking on how robots and engineering can help our designs evolve (as well as meet other Life’s Principles that seem incongruent with the built design).

Curated by Jamie Dwyer

Nature is Alive with Chemistry

March 10th, 2017|Categories: Life's Principles, Materials, Webinar|Sectors: , , , , |

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Nature is Alive with Chemistry

In this pre-recorded webinar available on demand, Biomimicry 3.8 chemist Mark Dorfman unpacks the complexity of chemical science as he takes us on an illuminating tour of nature’s chemistry-based adaptations, including a deep dive into how we can “use life-friendly chemistry”–one of Life’s Principles that represent the main strategies and deep design lessons Life has evolved over 3.8 billion years in order to survive and thrive.

Curated by Mark Dorfman

What happens when you compress the age of the Earth into 12 months?

February 25th, 2017|Categories: Announcements, Life's Principles, Resilience|Sectors: |

What happens when you compress the age of the Earth into 12 months?

If we compress the age of Earth (4.5 billion years) into one year, February 25 would be the day Life appears (humans don’t appear until more than 10 months later on Dec. 31 near midnight!). That means it was 3.8 billion years ago this week that the first single-celled organism appeared, and since, Life has been the ultimate innovator. Read more about Earth’s Calendar Year and view all of Life’s important milestones on our Biomimicry 3.8 blog.

Jenna-01Curated by Jenna Cederberg

Scientists uncovering the super powers of gut bacteria

January 19th, 2017|Categories: Life's Principles, Wellness|Sectors: , |

Scientists uncovering the super powers of gut bacteria

Scientists in the UK and Spain found that a protein receptor associated with a beneficial gut bacteria controls levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can influence mood and proper bowel function, according to this PLOS Journal article. Greater understanding of the specific roles beneficial gut bacteria play in human physiology could lead to better health and wellness interventions.

Mark-01Curated by Mark Dorfman

Looking to insect societies to increase infrastructure efficiencies

October 15th, 2016|Categories: Life's Principles, Resilience|Sectors: , , , |

Looking to insect societies to increase infrastructure efficiencies

Modern infrastructures, such as power grids, are becoming decentralized and self-organized. For example, more and more houses are equipped with solar panels, and heating systems self-adjust to local conditions. In insect societies, resilience emerges as a result of the collective behaviors of individuals. according to this Journal of Royal Society Interface article. Transportation networks, supply chains, and communication networks can benefit from studying how insects deal with disaster and disruption.

Robyn-01Curated by Robyn Klein

Linking long-term business success to nature’s best practices

August 28th, 2016|Categories: Business Models, Leadership, Life's Principles, Organizations, Product Design|Sectors: |

Linking long-term business success to nature’s best practices

As managing director of an ever evolving company, one of my strategic guidepost has been “will this enable our company to last 100 years?” so naturally when this TED talk popped up on my news feed I was delighted to see Mr. Reeves began to link long-term business success to life and death in nature, honing in on six principles that support life. At B3.8, we call these Life’s Principles, or nature’s best practices, and regularly reference the principles as part of our daily operations. This TED talk reinforces that biomimicry goes well beyond product design and proving to be a tremendous resource for organizational development and strategy.

Nicole-01Curated by Nicole Hagerman Miller

Start expecting more out of wall systems

June 21st, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Life's Principles, Materials|Sectors: , |

Start expecting more out of wall systems

This interesting technology, inspired by skin, is an up-and-coming facade innovation that will allow buildings to adjust permeability and respond locally to the environment. Technology like this can help us change what we expect a building wall to do.

Jamie-01Curated by Jamie Dwyer

Life friendly chemistry happens in 3-D

June 20th, 2016|Categories: Carbon, Life's Principles, Materials|Sectors: , , , |

Life friendly chemistry happens in 3-D

Nature’s life-friendly chemistry is largely driven by the complex, 3D shape characteristic of protein work horses such as enzymes. Scientists are now getting closer to understanding and mimicking the secrets of these chemical sculptures.  Read more here.

Mark-01Curated by Mark Dorfman

How might we fall in love with industrial waste?

June 6th, 2016|Categories: Circular Economy, Life's Principles, Materials, Product Design, Waste|Sectors: , , |

How might we fall in love with industrial waste?

Falling in love with waste! One of my admirable classmates in the Biomimicry Professional Program, Theresa Millard, wrote a great article on The Biomimicry Institute’s blog about the paradigm-shifting work she is doing at Kohler Co. She says, ‘So why is developing a love for industrial waste important? For me, it is one tangible way in which we can lead a shift to a regenerative state where all resources are valued.’ Read on for a summary of their vision of the new factory ecosystem.

Jamie-01Curated by Jamie Dwyer