Applying ecosystem principles to social innovation just might be the next “big thing”.
Business can be a force for good. And the emergence of social enterprises paves the path for a whole new species of entrepreneur to emerge. So how do businesses operate more like (life sustaining) ecosystems? How do they give back to the natural environments from which they take, how do they foster cooperation (rather than competition), and embed resilience in their structure?
Nature does not create ‘things’ — nature has things disappear into systems.
Today, there seem to be more and more innovations being touted as biomimetic, but in actuality, are centered around bio-utilization or only mimicking a natural shape. Real biomimicry mimics not only form, but function — with a sharp focus on the process and the system.
Biomimicry is here to stay — those who experience that shift in worldview are fundamentally changed.
Seeing nature as our mentor, and not as a warehouse of goods can be a life-altering moment. Janine has had the pleasure of watching several of these “ahas”.