who is it for?
Biomimicry is for anyone really. Whether you're just in awe of the genius of nature and want to discover more, or you want to make biomimicry your profession, there is a starting point and a Learning Journey for everyone. We offer training to, and work with the following to enable biomimicry in practice:
- Professionals (biologists, ecologists, designers, engineers, architects, economists, entrepreneurs, field guides, etc.)
Biomimicry is beyond biology, it is the emergence of optimal solutions out of the integration of the disciplines. No-one can simultaneously be an expert in biology, design, engineering, business, strategy, innovation, etc. Yet all of these disciplines allow one to bridge the world of biology and human design. The practice of is the translation of biological strategies and mechanisms into design principles for new designs, technologies, business strategies, etc.
These 3 elements represent the core values and essence of biomimicry. They also describe three different emphases through which a person might come to biomimicry.
- Emulate: Emulation is the action of biomimicry, with tangible examples. It occurs when humans solve problems and innovate through bio-inspiration and ultimately minimise our negative impacts on the Earth. The practical methodology of biomimicry fits here.
- Ethos: The ethos is the essence of the ethics and intention of why we practice biomimicry. It represents our respect for, responsibility to, and gratitude for our fellow species and our home planet. It comes from a deep seeded belief that humans are one of many species populating the planet, each with their own inherent right to survive, and that our survival ultimately depends on their survival.
- (Re)connect: This is about regaining the understanding and recognition that two “separate” identities (i.e., people and nature) are actually deeply intertwined. It is a practice and a mindset that explores this relationship. In reconnecting, we explore the biology that is inherent in the practice of biomimicry – it’s about going outside and discovering nature’s genius and the deep connections that we have with the natural world. What's more, it's about reconnecting across disciplines to cross-pollinate ideas and begin to recognise that we cannot work in silos any longer.