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Biomimicry and Philosophy

Biomimicry and Philosophy

The biomimicry movement is highly practical in orientation. And yet, underlying and motivating the practices of biomimicry, there lies a distinctive philosophy–a profound way of understanding and relating to nature that challenges many of the core assumptions of contemporary thought. In this blog post, Dr. Henry Dicks discusses the relationship between biomimicry and philosophy.

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Sharing the Stories of Biomimicry Educators from Across the Globe

Sharing the Stories of Biomimicry Educators from Across the Globe

To help formal and non-formal educators learn from each other and pass on creative and effective ways to teach biomimicry, the Sharing Stories Project was born. The project’s interviewers reached out to educators across the globe who are using biomimicry to engage young people in solution-based thinking and inspire them to look at the natural world from a new perspective.

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Benjamin Banneker: A Life Told in Cicada Years

Benjamin Banneker: A Life Told in Cicada Years

The emergence of 17-year cicadas in the summer of 2021 revived interest in a paper Janet Barber co-authored about the role of Benjamin Banneker — a free African-American in 18th-century Maryland — as one of the first naturalists to record scientific information and observations of the insects.

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Hope in Action – Learning from Nature to Solve Big Problems

Hope in Action – Learning from Nature to Solve Big Problems

Systemic, nature-inspired solutions exist to lessen, and ultimately reverse humanity’s negative impact on the planet, regenerating ecosystems and revitalizing human systems. We hope these case studies illuminate some of these human-caused problems, and show that if we turn to nature for solutions we may just come up with better performing alternatives.

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Youth Design Challenge Enters its 5th Year:  See What’s New in 2021-22 Program

Youth Design Challenge Enters its 5th Year: See What’s New in 2021-22 Program

Calling all middle and high school educators! The Youth Design Challenge opened registration today for the 2021-22 program cycle, and you can gain access to engaging instructional models aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). If you’re new to us, the Youth Design Challenge serves as a bridge from core concepts to advanced project-focused learning for students. We equip learners with the tools they need to solve the world’s pressing problems using the teachings of nature.

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An Introduction to Life’s Principles

An Introduction to Life’s Principles

As you are reading this – maybe with a cup of coffee in hand, or with a breeze coming through the window – you are a part of an intricate and exquisite system of systems. Everything around you (and within you) is working, rather sneakily, to maintain the careful balance that keeps us all alive.

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A Minute to Change the World

A Minute to Change the World

Over the course of the 10-week Ray of Hope Prize program, our mentors and advisors help the top nature-inspired startups in the world describe their technology and the problem it addresses. Honing this message is an essential step to gaining traction in a crowded and noisy marketplace. Here’s a taste of the minute pitches from our 2020 and 2021 cohorts.

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How Regenerative Agriculture Can Impact Soil Erosion

How Regenerative Agriculture Can Impact Soil Erosion

The movement to be more sustainable and to ‘go green’ has finally become a priority in many areas of the world. It has encouraged thousands of people to reevaluate the choices they are making and the many rippling impacts that those choices have. Many are demanding changes to the economy and industries that they purchase from to help them achieve sustainability goals. 

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The Natural Orders Hidden Inside your Business (And When It’s Time to Ask Nature for Help)

The Natural Orders Hidden Inside your Business (And When It’s Time to Ask Nature for Help)

By understanding the overlap between the patterns of nature and our businesses, we can identify the highest leverage opportunities available to us. It can help us to define the problem we actually want to solve. By understanding the way nature organizes the world, you’ll begin to see its patterns everywhere you look. How does the power law distribution apply to your business? Need help finding inspiration? Head to AskNature.org and see if there are answers already waiting for you.

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Mapping the Biomimicry Online Course Ecosystem

Mapping the Biomimicry Online Course Ecosystem

Every year on 22 April, we join millions of others in celebrating Earth Day: a global event that motivates us to design a way of living that is healthy, equitable, and thriving. From the tiniest products to the largest systems, biomimicry enables us to make this goal a reality. Why not join us this year? If you’re feeling inspired to make the leap into the world of biomimicry, a 15% discount on all Learn Biomimicry courses awaits you. Simply use the coupon code EARTHDAY-15 at checkout. (Valid until May 31, 2021).

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Nature Reveals Solutions for Supporting Public Health

Nature Reveals Solutions for Supporting Public Health

A multitude of advancements have already taken place within the healthcare sector due to biomimicry. In fact, the study of natural processes has given rise to care solutions from antibiotics to pain-free injections and is vital in understanding the trajectory of new diseases like the novel coronavirus. By observing nature, we can better answer questions about our own bodies and how to treat them.

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The Full (Eco)System Effect: Regenerating Soil

The Full (Eco)System Effect: Regenerating Soil

There is hope and inspiration to be had in working to understand the ecosystem living beneath our feet. And through this process of opening our minds to the symbiotic relationships that allow Earth to function so successfully, we will discover how to live in a way that is harmonious with our environment, going beyond sustainable and into regenerative: a positive offering that gives more than it takes.

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