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From ambiguous to aspirational: Is your company ready to be bio-inspired?

From ambiguous to aspirational: Is your company ready to be bio-inspired?

A major reason that I pursued a PhD in biomimicry was to have the time and space to reflect on my experiences as a practitioner and consultant. I wanted to know why some organizations seem to embody the emulation of nature as an inherent part of their identity while others dabbled on a project or two and decided it didn’t work. As a reflective consultant, I was always looking for ways to serve my clients more effectively and enable a positive experience in their learning from nature. The majority of the last few professional years of my life have been dedicated to a seemingly simple question: What factors influence the adoption of nature-inspired innovation in multinational corporations?

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Nature and the Hopeful City

By Kathy Zarsky, founder, BiomimicryTX network Spring in Austin, Texas is the perfect time to contemplate our natural environment. All of our senses are stimulated with bursts of colors, fragrant blossoms (and seasonal allergies for some), bird song, variable weather...

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Meet a Biomimic: Dorna Schroeter

[box] In the time since Janine Benyus’ book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature was published in 1997, biomimicry has emerged as a thriving discipline, inspiring thousands to build their careers and lives around nature-inspired design. In a new blog series...

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Biomimicry Bootcamp- where ocean caves are your laboratory

Last weekend, 18 entrepreneurs representing six teams and seven countries gathered in San Anselmo, California, for the first ever Biomimicry & Business Bootcamp, as part of our Biomimicry Accelerator program. These six teams are the finalists in our Global Design...

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Can an Ancient Plant Teach Us How to Create Healthier Soils?

Fast-tracking nature’s design solutions to foster sustainability breakthroughs with the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. Far up in the Andes mountain range, where the climate is harsh and unforgiving, ancient plants are paving the way for new species to survive and...

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Meet a Biomimic: Nicole Isle

Our next guest on the Meet a Biomimic series is Nicole Isle. Nicole has a strong connection to nature and seeks to guide our communities to live and build sustainably. With a solid foundation in ecology and urban planning, she leads sustainability work at Glumac, a full-service engineering consulting firm. Nicole is also well-versed in biophilia, touching upon the human-nature connection that plays a major role in (re)thinking our space. Read on to learn more about her journey and words of advice.

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How Would Nature Elect a President?

Superorganisms and networked creatures collaborate on complex tasks just as we do. The secret to their success is flexible intelligence—they work in flat, bottom-up networks, sensing and responding to real-time conditions on the frontlines. They don’t filter out diverse signals—they actively seek them out.

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Earth is (already) great

A species can only thrive if its strategies are tuned to the conditions it’s in–and if it’s in beneficial relationships with others. Humans have co-existed as a species on this planet for over 200,000 years as Homo sapiens sapiens. In that time, there have been many disturbances, challenges, and tensions between and amongst us. Somehow, we have eventually learned that we are always better together than alone.

And through it all, we always asked nature for help.

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Re-Aligning with Nature: A Q&A with author Denise DeLuca

By Erin Connelly What if business as usual didn’t have to be so...usual? In Denise DeLuca’s new book, “Re-Aligning With Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation,” she explores how true change - on personal, company-wide, and societal levels - can’t...

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Learning from nature and designing as nature: Regenerative cultures create conditions conducive to life

Most of humanity has lost a vital connection with the natural world – a connection that, from our species’ origins until recently, informed and sustained our participation in nature. The scientific and industrial revolutions brought us almost miraculous technological progress and solved many problems, but they also propagated a mindset where progress meant substituting the old with the new. We came to favor widely-applicable technological solutions over place-based bio-cultural wisdom, and to value short-term gratification over the art of the long view. Eventually we came to think of ourselves and of culture as being somehow separate from or even independent of nature.

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Nature’s Hidden Lessons and How my Favorite Teacher Taught Me How to Find Them

In a world filled with not even 15 minutes, but perhaps the elusive promise of 15-seconds-of-fame, coupled with ever shortening attention spans, it’s more important now than ever to slow our minds down for a moment, pause, and appreciate not how information is provided, but that wisdom is imparted in many beautifully diverse and fantastical ways.

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The secret to engaging employees could be right outside your window

According to Gallup (the global research and polling organization), “engaged” employees feel they have an opportunity to do what they do best each day, have someone at work who encourages their development, believe their opinions count, and are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work. Engaged employees drive company innovation, growth, and revenue. In June 2016, Gallup announced that more than two-thirds of all employees in the U.S. are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work. That’s bad news for business, but it’s even worse news for employees. What it means is that most people are mostly checked-out most of the time

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