Movers and Shakers


Janine Benyus: "The more our world functions like the natural world, the more likely we are to endure on this home that is ours, but not ours alone"
Consider the TEDTalks in Biomimicry with: Scientist, Robert Full; Biologist, Sheila Patek; Journalist, Janine Benyus; and Oceanographer, David Gallo. TedTalk videos

National Geographic: Biomimetics: Design by Nature What has fins like a whale, skin like a lizard, and eyes like a moth? The future of engineering. read article

Ray Anderson: "...creating the technologies of the future-kinder, gentler technologies that emulate nature's systems. I believe that's where we will find the right model. Ultimately, I believe we must learn to depend solely on available income the way a forest does, not on our precious stores of natural capital. Linear practices must be replaced by cyclical ones. That's nature's way. In nature, there is no waste; one organism's waste is another's food." watch video

Up to the Moment
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News, Events, and the 2008-2009 CBID Seminar Series

Biomimicry: Are Humans Smarter Than Sea Sponges?
BioPower Systems' wave power device (Biowave) mimics the swaying motion of the sea plants found in the ocean floor. The system consists of three floating blades which are constantly oscillated by the motion of the sea, generating electricity as they do so. The flexibility of the blades enables them to deal with heavy seas without breaking, unlike more rigid designs.
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The Eden Project
Overall we believe the world we live in is facing radical change - and our aim is to help find positive futures in the face of that change. To get in shape for the challenges of the future we need a culture that knows how to sustain the things that sustain us and at the same time nutures creativity, imagination and adaptability.
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The Sahara Forest Project
The Seawater Greenhouse was designed to address the problem of irrigating crops in arid coastal regions by evaporating seawater and condensing it into fresh water. This helps to reverse the trend of desertification created by normal industrial greenhouses, which can use up to five times more water to irrigate crops than the respective region's average annual rainfall. The system works by mimicking the natural hydrological cycle where seawater heated by the sun, evaporates, cools down to form clouds and returns to the earth as rain, fog or dew.
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Biomimicry's Climate-Change Solutions: How Would Nature Do It?: Biomimicry is based on the premise that nature has done everything human beings want to do, but without destroying the biosphere or mortgaging our future. The emerging science of Biomimicry, "innovation inspired by nature," may well be the single most important field of science capable of actually solving problems on the scale of climate change, while making the successful transition to a truly sustainable civilization. Its rapid adoption and advancement are imperative over the next decade.
October 20, 2008

Schumacher College

Biomimicry: Nature as mentor, model & measure: Dayna Baumeister, Michael Pawlyn, Andy Middleton Natural structures and systems are inherently sustainable as well as being beautiful, efficient and elegant. Biomimicry brings together design and biology to solve design challenges by asking "what would nature do here?" This course will outline the philosophy and ethics of biomimicry, introduce life's inherently sustainable design principles and apply them to a range of professional practices. Participants will develop a method for bringing natural forms to the design table and a whole new way of viewing and valuing the genius that surrounds us.
June 8 - 12, 2009

2006-2007 Seminar Series

2006-2008 Seminar Series

2006 Symposium at Georgia Tech

biomimicry defined

Natural Capitalism

by Paul Hawken
& Amory and Hunter Lovins

Natural Capitalism

"Hawken (The Ecology of Commerce) and Amory and Hunter Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental think tank, have put together an ambitious, visionary monster of a book advocating natural capitalism." From Publishers Weekly

human plus nature

...much of the human search for a coherent and fullfilling existence is intimately connected to our relationship with nature.

Stephan R. Kellert
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CBID is an interdisciplinary center for research and development of design solutions that occur in biological processes. Founded in 2005, It is one of more than 100 interdisciplinary research units funded at Georgia Institute of Technology