In this episode we talk about:
- What biomimicry and biomimetics is
- The best innovator on the planet - nature and what makes us humans more like apprentices than masters
- Some fascinating biomimicry examples and applications
- How companies can apply principles from nature to solve some of their most challenging problems
- Concrete biomimicry projects and what types of results one can expect
- A few misconceptions and over-hyped areas of biomimicry
- Her top three recommendation for companies wanting to better leverage biomimicry in their products
...and much much more.
- Nature has been around for 3.8b years and, but we humans have only been around 200,000 years.
- There‘s no problem in the world that nature hasn‘t already solved. We only need to understand and apply its principles.
- From the Japanese Shinkansen to shark skin inspired antibacterial protective door handles, there‘s so many examples of successful biomimicry products.
- Being adaptable today has never been so crucial. And when asking how to be more adaptable, there‘s no better role model than nature, that has been successful for billions of years.
- Anything from design, chemistry, processes or ecosystems - nobody's better at it than the most successful and accomplished innovator on the planet. Not only that, but it has perfected these process and products over billions of years. Nature uses sun light for fuel, we humans use a toxic fuel called „fossil fuels“. Nature uses water as its primary solvent, we humans use very toxic solvents.
- Nature and all its organisms understand their environment, its limits and opportunities. Nature also knows no waste, everything is a resources that gets up-cycled by another species in its ecosystem. Once thing species also don‘t do is shit in their home. But we humans pollute our own drinking water.
- If we humans want to stick around for the next 200,000 years and thrive while we‘re at it, we need to emulate natures‘ sustainable model. For nature, success is keeping its offspring alive for 1,000s of generations.
- But we can‘t be there for the next generations. So, the only way to achieve this is to take care of the environment the organism is in. And in turn, the environment takes care of the offspring. Nature creates conditions where life can thrive.
Links & Resources Mentioned
- Biomimicry Institute
- Wikipedia: Biomimetrics
- Wikipedia: Maslow's hammer
- Wikipedia: Propolis
- Wikipedia: Shinkansen
- Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature from Janine Benyus
- Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Best Practice from Dayna Baumeister
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