open innovation


the big wide open 

When we say open innovation, we mean it in two ways: 

  1. Opening up your solution space to include millions of species and millions of years of R&D from the big wide open (i.e. nature). You will expand your innovation potential - not only identifying specific strategies, but nature's process of innovation itself. 3.8 billion years of R&D doesn't only provide innovative solutions but an innovation learning curve that's hard to beat. Whatever your company's design challenge, the odds are high that one or more of the world's 30 million creatures has not only faced the same challenge, but has evolved effective strategies to solve it. What's more, it's most likely to be truly sustainable. Don't just think outside the box - #thinkoutside
  2. Combining our biomimicry thinking and practice with open innovation initiatives for multifunctional benefits. We work with your team using the biomimicry processes to open up innovation potential. We also like to involve students as far as possible in your innovation challenges. So, we reach more students and they learn by doing. You gain input from young inspired minds, you contribute to their training and learning curve, they contribute to solutions to your design challenge.

our approach

We help innovation leaders solve human problems with the brilliance of nature’s design. We leverage an ecosystem of biomimics, engineers, biologists, architects, designers, students and more. We work with innovation, sustainability and design teams to identify the relevant biological intelligence and translate nature’s proven processes and structures to inspire new solutions for your team’s challenges. Our flexible Biomimicry Thinking methodology is mapped to your team’s creative process and, together, we apply the templates of nature’s wisdom to create innovative solutions.

leveraging students

One of the highest leverage points we have in terms of our training - is reaching students. If we can integrate biomimicry into their learning pathway - they are in the best position (as future designers of our world) to bring this vitally important discipline into their field of work. We hope to inspire and enable them to create conditions conducive to life. The best way for students to gain biomimicry skills is to learn by doing. We think working on real world challenges is most important. So we do some brilliant match-making. Your bring us your design challenges and innovation/sustainability priorities - we take your team and/or the students through a training and scoping process that is a powerful open innovation process. It's quite simple really. But really effective. 

Find out more about our student design challenges here