“We’re awake now, and the question is how do we stay awake to the living world? How do we make the act of asking nature’s advice a normal part of everyday inventing?”
– Janine Benyus
“Learning about the natural world is one thing. Learning from the natural world—that’s the switch. That’s the profound switch.”
Janine has personally introduced millions to the meme of biomimicry through two TED talks, hundreds of conference keynotes, and a dozen documentaries such as 11th Hour, Harmony, Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution, and The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, which aired in 71 countries. She has received several awards including The Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development 2013, The Heinz Award 2011, TIME magazine’s Hero of the Environment award 2008, United Nations Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth for Science and Technology 2009, the Rachel Carson Environmental Ethics Award, the Lud Browman Award for Science Writing in Society, and the Barrows and Heinz Distinguished Lectureships. Her work in biomimicry has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, Esquire, The Economist, Time, Wired, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Nature, and more. In 2010, BusinessWeek named Janine one of the World’s Most Influential Designers. In 2012, she received the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Mind Award, given in recognition of a visionary who has had a profound impact on design theory, practice, or public awareness.
An educator at heart, Janine believes that the more people learn from nature’s mentors, the more they’ll want to protect them. This is why she writes, speaks, and revels in describing the wild teachers in our midst.
2019 International Society of Sustainable Professionals (ISSP), inducted into the Hall Of Fame along with Vandana Shiva
2019 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), inducted into the College of Fellows
2019 The launch of Project Positive
2019 Appearance in director Leila Conners’ Ice on Fire
2014 VERGE, San Francisco, California
2014 Canada Green Building Council – Ontario, Canada
2014 TEDActive – Whistler, Canada
2013 Omega Institute, Where Do We Go From Here – Rhinebeck, New York
2013 Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship – London, England
2013 World 50 – Atlanta, Georgia
2013, MIT – Boston, Massachusetts
2012 Hawaii Executive Conference – Honolulu, Hawaii
2011 Global Competitiveness Conference – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2011 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability – Stockholm, Sweden
2011 Siemens Inc. – Berlin, Germany
2011, Dassault – Paris, France
2010 Council on Scientific Presidents – Washington D.C.
2014 The Top 100 Global Thought Leaders
2013 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development
2013 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters – Arizona State University
2012 Cooper-Hewitt Design Mind Award – The National Design Awards, Smithsonian Institute
2011 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters – University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
2011 Heinz Award, Heinz Family Foundation
2010 Businessweek, World’s Most Influential Designers
2009 UNEP Champion of the Earth Award (Science and Innovation) – United Nations Programme
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