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Welcome to the Climate-Change-Reversing Invention Convention

At its heart, Bioneers is a nexus to explore nature-inspired solutions to social and environmental challenges. This year’s summit also served as the culmination of the third-annual Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, sponsored by the Biomimicry Institute in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Sierra Magazine profiled each of the teams who took the stage at Bioneers this year, sharing details about their planet-saving innovations.

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Planting more forest in less time: Nature-inspired reforestation solution captures the 2018 Ray of Hope Prize

Nucleário, an all-in-one reforestation solution, designed to be used in remote areas of the Atlantic rainforest, has won the 2018 Ray of Hope Prize®.

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These entrepreneurs are looking to nature to develop innovations that give more than they take.

This year at Bioneers, six international teams from the Biomimicry Launchpad will showcase their climate change solutions, all based on lessons learned from living systems.

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Challenge yourself to design generously.

Can human designs give more to the planet than they take? We need a new generation of innovators, who know how to create man-made materials, products, and systems that are regenerative, circular, and generous to all species.

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Closing water loops, building community

Meet two Launchpad alumni teams who are part of a European Union-funded project that is using nature-based systems to close water loops, feed the soil, and promote local economies.

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Hungry for solutions? Here are eight bold new ideas, inspired by nature.

Game-changing ideas begin by seeing the possibilities for a sustainable world reflected in the living systems that surround us. That’s what we celebrate each year in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

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Can hornets, kelp, and ants help us solve climate change? These kids think so.

This year, middle and high school students from across the U.S. took part in the first-ever Youth Design Challenge, learning how to use biomimicry to create solutions to climate change.

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Celebrating Earth’s Genius with Janine Benyus

We sat down with our co-founder, Janine Benyus to talk about the most exciting things happening in the growing field of biomimicry.

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Four Engaging Ways to Bring Biomimicry into Your Classroom

Finding clever, hands-on lessons and activities in today’s STEM classrooms can be challenging for any topic, particularly sustainability. That’s why biomimicry can make all the difference in the world.

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Food by local farmers. Distribution system by ants.

Looking for a way to help a sustainable food system grow, Cullen Naumoff turned to nature.

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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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Meet a Biomimic: Alex Ralevski

Meet Alex Ralevski, a postdoctoral associate at Yale University who conducts translational research in plant biology and neuroscience. Her current work focuses on understanding fundamental biological mechanisms and their translation and practical application to animal and human biology. Alex is a contributing writer to, where she helps curate content on biological strategies and the ideas they’ve inspired. To learn more about Alex’s research, check out this video where she explains how plants that thrive in salty seawater can teach us how to design better ways of providing fresh drinking water in drought-prone areas.

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