Recently I've been watching lots of TED Talks online, and I've been finding lots of inspirational content that deserves to be shared. One of the talks was by author Janine Benyus, who has devoted her time to showcase Nature's genius. Biomimicry is her latest novel in which she proposes that designers should emulate what is seen in nature.
Since her writings she has expanded to developing two organizations, the Biomimicry Guild and the Innovation consultancy, which have recently merged into Biomimicry 3.8, a certified B Corporation. Combined the organizations focus on "biomimicry innovation consulting, professional training, and educational program and curricula development. Our mission is to train, equip, and connect engineers, educators, architects, designers, business leaders, and other innovators to sustainably emulate nature’s 3.8 billion years of brilliant designs and strategies."
The book itself is comprehensive in the range of topics covered - the economy, agriculture, computing, and architecture to name a few - and solutions to current problems are widespread throughout the pages. A primary topic discussed in many chapters is the "heat, beat, treat" method of manufacturing, and how it is the antithesis to Nature's methods. Nature creates solutions with safe chemistry that is in a closed loop with other facets of the environment. In other words, organisms in nature face the same challenges that humanity faces, and they have met them sustainably.
Organisms around the world have figured out how to:
All without the "heat, beat, treat" method so common in our manufacturing process.
The Biomimicry Foundation has collaborated with companies as large as Boeing, General Mills, General Electric, Kohler, and Kraft. A full list of past clients can be found on their website.
The projects undergone touch every facet of our lives and inspiration has been found in a multitude of ecosystems. They have learned from humpback whales how to create efficient wind power, talked to termites to find out how to create efficient buildings, how to create flow without friction, and watched lotus leaves to find out how to make self cleaning surfaces.
The tasks completed are already impressive in their implications and implementations, and it is just the beginning.
The network is growing in true biomimetic fashion, and with support from the wonders of nature, the future is looking less bleak the closer we get to it.
To learn more about Biomimicry 3.8, visit their website at