Biomimicry – Nature’s Genius

May 17th, 2013 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Biomimicry – Nature’s Genius

biomimicryBiomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a fairly new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. The concept is pretty simple – nature has already solved so many of the problems that we are currently struggling with, be it energy, food production, transportation, and so much more. Biomimicry looks at the natural world and instead of asking (as we typically do) what can we take from nature, it asks, what can we learn from it. Every time you encounter a problem, just ask, “how would nature solve it?” That’s Biomimicry.

Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. They have found what works, what is appropriate, and most importantly, what lasts here on Earth. Instead of harvesting organisms, or domesticating them to accomplish a function for us, Biomimicry differs from other “bio-approaches” by consulting organisms and ecosystems and applying the underlying design principles to our innovations.

Janine Benyus: Science writer, innovation consultant, conservationist, and self-described nature nerd is one of the most prominent voices on Biomimicry. In her video below she makes a compelling case for reaching out to the genius of the natural world, and how easy it is to explore her magnificent teachings. We simply need to notice. Enjoy… and happy Friday!