Mar13

Biomimicry in Your Pajamas! 7 Free Webinars for Social Innovators

Food Challenge webinars

The Biomimicry Institute is offering a series of 7 webinars, free and open to the public, focusing on how to apply biomimicry and nature’s regenerative patterns to solve global food system challenges.

The webinars are being offered as support for social innovators, entrepreneurs and those passionate about changing the world, who are participating in the annual Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, a competition sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation which will award $100,000 to the Challenge winners through their “Ray of Hope” prize.

March 17 and 18 webinar_Johnson

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Mar03

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Webinars

How can we make the biggest difference?

Join the Biomimicry Institute for the second in a series of FREE webinars!

The food system is large and incredibly complex. Where will you focus your efforts for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge?

Nathanael Johnson, author and food writer at Grist will join us for webinars on March 17 and 18 to provide an overview of the most pressing challenges for our food system. Afterward, experts from the Biomimicry Institute will discuss some important factors to consider as you zero in on a specific project for the 2015 Challenge, and share tips for starting your biomimicry design process.

Webinar #2: Food System Challenges and Opportunities

Session A: March 17 at 10am MDT (4pm GMT)
Session B: March 18 at 8pm MDT (*March 19, 10am China Standard Time)

Visit biomimicryinstitute.webex.com to join at either of the times listed above. Note: the same content will be presented in both sessions.

Jan20

Global Biomimicry Design Challenge Launches Today!

Biomimicry Design Challenge

A chance to re-invent the way we nourish ourselves & our planet. https://t.co/v29CZSDXG3 #Biomimicry #DesignChallenge #BGDC2015

How can nature inspire us to design a better, healthier food system? The Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation are inviting professionals and students from across the world to participate in a Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. Using biomimicry as a tool, participants are invited to tap into nature-inspired solutions to help solve key food and agriculture issues like food waste, food packaging, agricultural pest management, food distribution, energy use, and more.

Participants may be featured in high profile media and will have access to biomimicry experts, mentors, and valuable resources. Teams will be competing for cash prizes totaling $160,000, including the Ray C. Anderson Foundation $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize.

Many thanks to Louie Schwartzberg and his team at Moving Art, who generously donated their time and gorgeous cinematography for this video.

 

Info and video courtesy of The Biomimicry Institute.
Oct31

Mimicking the Salt Marsh for #ResilientCities

Dr. Anamarija Frankic

By Dr. Anamarija Frankic

In response to growing coastal challenges, including habitat degradation, loss of biodiversity, and climate change, efforts around the country and the world are increasingly embracing strategies and initiatives focused on promoting environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

The most significant impediment to sustaining our coastal natural and human built systems, and the goods and services they provide, is not a lack of technical knowledge but the need for all stakeholders to understand whole systems-level intricacies that true conservation, restoration and adaptation work requires.

Eastern oysters cleaning up to 50 gallons of water per day.

Eastern oysters clean up to 50 gallons of water per day.

 

My work is based on a biomimicry approach in addressing coastal issues. Natural coastal systems and local keystone species like oysters, and habitats such as shellfish beds, salt marshes and eelgrasses work together to stabilize our coasts, sediments, filter water of nutrients and pollutants, providing conditions conducive to life, which are resilient and adaptive to environmental changes.

Observing and learning from coastal systems leads naturally into a discussion on how to apply this wisdom in our human built environment.

The Design Charette I am teaching in November with BiomimicryNYC will explore ideas such as,

How can urban harbors accrete sediment and stop erosion like the salt marsh;

while improving water quality like the oyster reef;

and creating a habitat for other species like eel grass beds?

I’m looking forward to teaching and working with designers, engineers, architects and social entrepreneurs in this region, and excited to see what innovative ideas our teams produce.

If you’re interested in joining our Design Charette on November 17, 2014, please visit this page for more information.

(Frankic et al. 2011).

Oct28

Biomimicry + Urban Green Harbors Workshop

Urban Green Harbors and LivingLabs Logo

Urban Green Harbors Design Charette

How can urban harbors accrete sediment and stop erosion like the salt marsh;

while improving water quality like the oyster reef

and creating a habitat for other species like eel grass beds?

Two years since Superstorm Sandy, the world is a different place. Everyone is talking about “resilient coastal cities”, but what does that really mean? What can we learn from inherently sustainable and resilient natural systems? And how can we apply nature’s adaptive strategies to our urban harbors?

THE CHALLENGE 
How would nature design resilient breakwaters, supporting human and ecological services and functions?

OBJECTIVES 
Introduction to the science, philosophy and practice of Biomimicry and the 6 Biomimicry Principles.

PRACTICAL EXERCISE 
Design charrette of a local breakwater on Governor’s Island. Work with an interdisciplinary team of designers, biologists, architects, engineers and planners. Final designs will be presented to the NY Harbor School

WHEN     Monday, November 17th from 10AM to 5PM

WHERE   Pershing Hall, Governor’s Island – the Ferry leaves from the Battery Maritime Building (the historic green building to the left of the glass Staten Island Ferry bldg) promptly at 10 AM. Address: 10 South St, New York, NY 10004

COST      $60 per person, $40 for first 10 registrants, 2 student scholarships currently available

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LEAD INSTRUCTOR : DR. ANAMARIJA FRANKIC

Dr. Anamarija FrankicDr. Frankic is founder and director of the Green Harbors Project®. She is a Biomimicry Educational Fellow, and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zadar. Her background in biology, ecology, limnology and marine science guide her interdisciplinary work in coastal and watershed ecosystem stewardship and restoration. Anamarija founded the LivingLabs® program where students and local communities can ‘learn and teach by doing’ biomimicry, applying nature’s wisdom to be healthy, wealthy and resilient.

ABOUT THE DESIGN CHARETTE 
Each participant will be assigned to a diverse 5 person team, based on your background and experience. Volunteers from BiomimicryNYC and Biomimicry New England will be assigned to each team in order to provide guidance through the research phase and biomimicry design process.

WORKSHOP PARTNER : THE NY HARBOR SCHOOL 
Located in the heart of New York Harbor, Harbor School’s mission is to provide a college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience that instills in students the ethics of environmental stewardship and the skills associated with careers on the water.

Inquiries

Student scholarship applicants, please contact adiel@biomimicrynyc.com 

If you are interested in being a Community Partner or Event Sponsor, please contact Adiel Gavish adiel@biomimicrynyc.com.

Community Partner and Sponsor Packet_BiomimicryNYC_Urban Green Harbors

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Oct27

The Wisdom of Ancient Grains

Our most popular Tweet from the Omega Institute conference this weekend was a quote from Winona LaDuke, an American Indian activist, environmentalist and writer, “The corn they are making now isn’t intelligent. They’ve stripped away it’s innate wisdom, cultivated over hundreds of years. Corn made with chemicals is dumb. My corn is intelligent, it has spirit.”

She and Vandana Shiva both discussed the embedded wisdom found in the soil and seeds of corn and rice and how that wisdom is lost through genetic manipulation. Seeds that have undergone genetic engineering are deprived the ability to evolve, and therefore become resilent in conjunction with the ecosystem of which it is an integral part.

Vandana

Vandana explained that “seed freedom is the freedom of seeds to evolve.” That without evolution, no seed can become resilient to changing environmental conditions. And that when you work with evolution, you protect diversity. She encouraged farmers to work towards embedding health per acre, as opposed to other shorter term economic goals.

“The world is a brilliant flow of evolutionary potential.” ~ Vandana Shiva

Both speakers were awe inspiring, as they shared their stories of perseverance and grassroots advocacy. We encourage you to visit the Omega website and listen to their stories (video link to come).

Sep05

Workshop: Women’s Leadership Lessons from Nature

Women’s Leadership Lessons From the Living Earth

Women leading change in these dynamic times are tuning into new sources of inspiration—personally, socially, and globally. They are seeking guidance in how to be more adaptive, resilient, networked, and systemic—all things we can learn from the natural world around us.

During the weekend, participants will learn to integrate biomimicry methods with leadership practices. What might we learn about cooperation from a forest ecosystem? How can nature’s feedback loops inspire us in cultivating our networks? How can bee colonies mentor us for self-organizing within a community? 

WHAT: Women’s Leadership Lessons From the Living Earth

WHEN: October 10, 2014 – October 12, 2014

WHERE: The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York

REGISTER HERE

Lead by:

Toby Herzlich, founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation, is a Senior Trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute and cofounder of Cultivating Women’s Leadership. She’s taught women to be effective, heartfelt, nature-inspired leaders in Israel, Bosnia, the US and Canada. bio-sis.net

Dayna Baumeister, PhDdevoted biologist and educator, is cofounder of the Biomimicry Institute and Biomimicry 3.8. She guides leaders globally to learn from nature as mentor in solving the world’s sustainability challenges. biomimicryinstitute.org 

Aug21

Biomimicry Professionals to Speak at ASID GO PRO/NYC

ASID GO PRO NY Event

BiomimicryNYC board member and Biomimicry Chemist Mark Dorfman, as well as Founding Member and architect Janus Welton will speak to emerging design professionals at the ASID (American Association of Interior Designers) event this September.

Mark and Janus will share their experience as biomimicry practitioners in the fields of materials and design and architecture. As a biomimicry chemist, Mark has worked with companies looking to improve material performance and increase sustainability by taking cues from nature’s life-friendly chemistry. He will give an overview of biomimicry, describe the methodology he uses to find nature-inspired solutions to real-life challenges, provide some case examples, and paint a picture of where the field is heading.

Janus, a LEED certified architect, interior designer and educator will discuss nature’s time-tested designs that inspire innovation in the design process. She will share biomimicry products, case studies of biomimicry applied to the built environment and challenge you with a new design paradigm based on Nature’s forms, processes and systems.

RSVP here

 

Aug08

Expedition in Costa Rica w Dr. Dayna Baumeister

Discovering Nature’s Genius

December 9 – 14, 2014 | La Cusinga Lodge, Uvita, Costa Rica with Biomimicry 3.8

More Info / Register

This program held by Biomimicry 3.8 will empower you in the practice of biomimicry by strengthening your ability to use the biomimicry process for discovering nature’s amazing adaptations developed over 3.8 billion years of evolution. Your program leaders will guide your discovery into how life’s strategies can help humanity solve its own challenges in design, business, engineering, and beyond.

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Feb19

Students United by Biomimicry

Student Design Challenge Winners: Dromedarily Sustainable

Treehugger held a Tweet Chat today with Ask Nature on the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge: Life Friendly Transportation Solutions.

We were thrilled to hear that 170 teams from 22 countries are signed up to be a part of this exciting challenge.

Students from around the globe are participating in this year’s challenge. Represented countries include Spain, Botswana, Brazil, Hawai’i, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Finland, China, Australia and Indonesia.

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