Biomimicry Institute research articles from Innovation Toronto
We accomplish this by tackling critical sustainability problems through collaborative design challenges and providing innovators with the tools and support they need to develop nature-inspired solutions.
The Institute was formed in 2006 by science writer Janine Benyus to promote biomimicry as a powerful framework for solving 21st century challenges. Biomimicry is a design approach that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time tested patterns and strategies. Biomimicry is fundamentally about cultivating deep respect for the natural world, which means not just emulating it, but also protecting and conserving it. We have three core programs that work coherently toward one goal: empowering people to create sustainable products and services using biomimicry.
The Biomimicry Global Network is a network of nearly 20,000 educators, practitioners, and professional innovators who work to promote and practice biomimicry as an answer to some of the world’s most challenging issues. The Global Network is comprised of regional and professional networks. Regional networks are localized groups of individuals working to address place-based challenges through biomimetic solutions. The Biomimicry Educators Network includes educators working with youth, university students, and informal student groups to bring biomimicry into the classroom and facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices.
Biomimicry Design Challenges are competitions that bring tangible solutions to real-world problems and teach biomimicry in the process. The Institute currently hosts three types of design challenges: the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, University-Corporate Challenges, and Partner Challenges. The Global Design Challenge invites students and professional to design and prototype biomimicry solutions to tackle one massive sustainability problem. University-Corporate Challenges match our partner universities with corporate partners to design solutions within an industry. Finally, our Partner Challenges bring biomimicry design to like-minded organizations to find industry and regionally specific nature-inspired solutions.
AskNature.org, the world’s leading resource for understanding nature’s survival strategies and their potential to inspire sustainable human designs, is changing the way the world innovates. It’s the only tool that gathers the world’s biological intelligence, organizes it by function, and presents it using non-technical language and visuals. Recognized as a 2014 Fuller Challenge semi-finalist, AskNature has brought a life-centered design approach to more than 2 million professionals, educators, and students around the globe. You can explore it yourself here: http://www.asknature.org/
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