The Rise of Biomimicry for Social Innovation

Biomimicry, defined as the conscious emulation of nature, has been around for a long time. Indigenous peoples mimicked nature to adapt successfully to changing conditions. More recently, biomimicry has been applied to the design of materials, buildings, aircraft, and other physical items. Applying biomimicry to social issues such as organizational change, climate change, health issues, and more, is fairly new. As summarized in a previous post, I was one of the fortunate participants in the inaugural Biomimicry Thinking for Social Innovation Immersion Workshop in April 2015, where we learned how to conduct the biological and design inquiries that can get us to sustainable solutions. What remains now, is to do the work and share examples of successes so we can move this exciting field forward, and, essentially, save the world!

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