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Nature can guide ‘better way to live’

April 6th, 2017|Categories: Planning, Resilience, Water|Sectors: , , , |

Nature can guide 'better way to live'

The growing community of biomimicry practitioners has a bright star in Sara El Sayed, who is using her Master’s of Science in Biomimicry from ASU to help grow sustainable food systems in Egypt. Sara’s hard work to use nature as a guide to better living is highlighted in this The Lifestyle Journal profile.

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

‘Seedkit’ helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

March 18th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Planning, Policy, Structures, Water|Sectors: , , |

'Seedkit' helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

It’s a remarkable (and 100% achievable!) vision: Imagining how nature’s genius can help transform design and create sustainable cities of the future. A new toolkit from Urban Greenprint is exploring how employing biomimicry can manage waterflow, drawing from strategies found in the rainy Pacific Northwest. The wonderfully-named Seedkit allows users to easily explore an awesome set of water management ideas–all inspired by nature.

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

Commonwealth looks to reverse climate change, with the help of biomimicry

November 13th, 2016|Categories: Carbon, Climate Change, Organizations, Planning, Policy|Sectors: , |

Commonwealth looks to reverse climate change, with the help of biomimicry

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 countries around the world–many island nations–that are home to 2.2 billion people. In its effort to find fresh perspectives for potential innovation to combat climate change, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland invited Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder Janine Benyus to share biomimicry-based solutions at the Commonwealth’s Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change Workshop.
“If we can put pilot projects down on the ground in Commonwealth countries it will be like piloting the sort of regenerative world we need to create, making use of different biospheres, countries with different profiles,” Janine said in this Guardian article.

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Learning from birds’ songs to adapt to climate change

August 28th, 2016|Categories: Business Models, Climate Change, Organizations, Resilience, Social Innovation, Wellness|Sectors: , , , , , , , |

Learning from birds’ songs to adapt to climate change

We need a plethora of strategies to adapt to climate change. Once again, life surprises us with new innovations. Zebra finches are singing to their eggs and the tune they choose dictates the size of the developing embryo in the egg, according to this Smithsonian Magazine article. Smaller chicks need fewer resources and cool off more easily. How can our warning calls literally result in more adapted future generations?

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Human insights worth mimicking come with conditions

June 12th, 2016|Categories: Policy, Social Innovation|Sectors: , , , |

Human insights worth mimicking come with conditions

Even humans offer insights worth mimicking, but only if we are honest about what it means to be a “social species, born in community with responsibilities towards that community,” as noted in this Evonomics article. Biomimicry applications towards social innovation demand that we understand not only natural selection, but human evolutionary biology, as well.

Dayna-01Curated by Dayna Baumeister