From Sustainable to Regenerative Design

Posted by on 14 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, Regenerative Design


With a name like “Greenr” this site is dating itself:) Since adopting that monicker  in 2007 there’s been multiple waves, summed up well in this post

Building on the work of pioneers like John T. Lyle and William McDonough, the architect Bill Reed and his colleagues at the Regenesis Group have created a framework for regenerative design that transcends and includes green, sustainable and restorative approaches as stepping stones on our learning journey towards a regenerative human impact on Earth.


Otter-Inspired Wetsuits

Posted by on 12 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry

MIT Faux Fur

A team at MIT has figured out exactly how otter and beaver fur keeps the animals warm in cold water. Seals, whales and walruses all happily splash about in chilly ocean waters—kept warm by a thick layer of blubber. Sea otters, though just as happy zipping through cold waters, are relatively svelte in comparison. The reason? Their magnificent fur coats. The thick fuzz is roughly 1,000 times more dense than human hair and can trap air bubbles, which insulate the otters in frigid water.
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Muddy Knees and Virtual Reality Glasses: Citizen Biomimics Saving Humanity?

Posted by on 11 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events


Please join us on October 22nd…

The Biomimicry Institute cordially invites those obsessed with the future of the planet and humanity to an evening gathering of wine, botanical drinks, and showcase of the Institute’s groundbreaking biomimicry education, design challenges and latest AskNature interface in development.

This evening event will kick off The Biomimicry Institute’s “Global Biomimic” membership program in which ordinary citizens are engaged to find the solutions to humanity’s pressing challenges (e.g. climate change, food systems, transportation, energy, language preservation, etc.).

NASA’s Gecko-Inspired Robots Can Climb Pretty Much Anything

Posted by on 11 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: Uncategorized


Government funded research – in this case by way of NASA – can birth or give rise to the fundamental building blocks of industrial innovation. Wired covers an out of this world application for biomimicry…

Adhesion-wise, space presents a couple problems. First, robots typically struggle with uneven surfaces, let alone the kind of cliffs and crags you see on Mars. Second, space is kind of gravity challenged. “Out in zero gravity, even pushing tape against surfaces is difficult,” say Jaakko Karras, a robotics electrical engineer at JPL. Without gravity to anchor your feet to the ground, it’s easy to run afoul of Newton’s third law…

More gecko feet coverage in Zygote Quarterly #17.


7 Brilliant Nature-inspired Designs

Posted by on 10 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry


More biomimicry coverage care of Greenbiz…

The BIOcultivator is just one of seven nature-inspired food system innovations participating in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator, a program designed to help budding sustainable entrepreneurs bring their biomimicry design solutions from concept to the marketplace. Over the past year, these teams have been working to test and prototype their designs, and this month, at the National Bioneers Conference in California, will be vying for the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize.

In addition to the BIOcultivator, here are the other six Accelerator teams’ biomimetic solutions, poised to offer solutions to some of our toughest food system problems:

First Annual Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Pitch Event and Technology Showcase!

Posted by on 09 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events


This week, Thursday October 20th in San Francisco

This event will feature a panel of VIP judges for a fun, festive, biomimicry-themed pitch session, starring seven teams from the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator.

Don’t miss seeing nature-inspired innovation in action, as the teams showcase their food system design solutions. Enjoy heavy appetizers, a cash bar, and opportunities to meet and mingle with the Accelerator entrepreneurs.

Issue 17 of Zygote Quarterly

Posted by on 08 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry

Incredible! How do they keep doing this work without advertising and or subscription fee?!



Biomimicry at Bioneers

Posted by on 08 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry

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One of my favorite conferences returns to San Rafael, CA in two weeks. Janine Benyus and Paul Hawken are keynoting on Saturday 22nd in a session titled The Ultimate Symbiosis: Biomimicry as a Cooperative Inquiry

Be One of the First in the World to Earn a Master’s Degree in Biomimicry

Posted by on 11 Jan 2015 | Tagged as: biomimicry

Be One of the First in the World to
Earn a Master’s Degree in Biomimicry.

The wait is over!

We’re thrilled to announce the accreditation of the first Master’s of Science in Biomimicry through our new partnership with Arizona State University (ASU).

This new program incorporates the online coursework that’s already proven successful through our two-year Biomimicry Professional Certification program. The MS will continue to be taught by Biomimicry 3.8’s experienced cadre of instructors, but will be accredited by ASU, and delivered via ASU Online.

Now prospective biomimicry students will be able to apply for financial aid, scholarships or even be eligible for employer reimbursement. And upon completion of 30 credit hours, students beginning classes in Fall 2015 will receive ta MS in biomimicry as early as Fall of 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for the Fall 2015 semester is March 16, 2015.

What’s Happening to the Biomimicry Professional Certification?

Nothing. All we’ve done is move the online coursework to ASU Online to make it available to more people around the world, on their schedule and their timeline.

The in-person, intensive trainings will still be offered separately (and simultaneously) by Biomimicry 3.8 to a select cohort of 20 individuals. Upon successful completion of both programs, these individuals will have earned both a master’s degree from ASU and the Biomimicry Professional Certification from Biomimicry 3.8.

Application to the Biomimicry Professional program is highly selective and begins in summer of 2015. After successful admittance to the MS through ASU Online, interested individuals should apply directly through our website. Don’t worry, we’ll send a reminder out in late spring once the MS acceptance process is complete!

SuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster, Smarter, More Valuable Companies

Posted by on 19 Nov 2014 | Tagged as: biomimicry, books

Please consider supporting this upcoming book by Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker:
Hi David,

As you probably know by now, I’ve been hard at work writing a book. It is called SuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster, Smarter, More Valuable Companies, and it asks the question, “How would nature design a company?” (or a community, or a collaborative endeavor of any kind). I’m crowd-funding publication using Kickstarter, and I have been beyond thrilled and delighted at the level of support from so many of you! Thank you SO much, each and every one of you (and don’t worry, this is my last email on the subject)!

For those of you who don’t know, I’m an evolutionary biologist and primatologist. I’ve spent 25 years studying the evolution of social systems. I know the simple rules used by ants, honeybees and other animal collaborators, and also how apes and monkeys (and people) think. My experiences have coalesced into a set of principles that living creatures use to accelerate adaptation and create collaboration. These principles apply nicely to our own societies: not just metaphorically, but in tangible, applicable, powerful ways.

Success is tantalizingly within reach for this book! As of today, I am 85% funded ($13k), with a little over $2,000 to go before November 25. If I meet my goal ($15K), I produce the book now. If I don’t, I get nothing, and the book stays on my desktop until I regroup.

If you haven’t yet, would you consider contributing, or pre-ordering the book, or sharing this with your network? Your support in this final week means a tremendous amount to me.

I have a second announcement as well! This effort has attracted a lot of interest from a variety of change-makers, and many exciting collaborative projects are underway. Among the most exciting is this:

John McDonald, CEO at Partners for Innovative Community, Inc., a community-based non-profit, has agreed that he will join me as co-editor (and a co-author) of this book, with the full backing and blessing of the Partners.

This collaboration is extremely exciting to me, because it means this book will be much richer and deeper than originally conceived. My principles of collaboration from super-organisms will be complemented by John and the Partners’ ability and commitment to actually implement them! The result will be a book that delivers theory, a technology platform, bio-inspired GatheringPlacesTM, and a tangible set of actionable tools to create the kinds of powerful and sustainable collaborative ecosystems that take hundreds of millions of years to evolve genetically.

John’s commitment to and success in enabling innovative communities is deep and proven. He has 50 years experience working with for-profit and not-for-profit companies and communities organizing, creating, and managing successful large-scale private-public collaborative infrastructures. He is a true visionary and a tireless advocate for social justice and innovation.

I hope you find these announcements as exciting as I do! If you find our project compelling, please consider supporting us on Kickstarter, or send out a quick email or post to your social network to spread the word.

I believe the human revolution starts from hundreds of tiny local actions like this one, and I hope you will join in! Thanks for all your amazing support!

Best wishes,
Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker

PS. If you would like to know more about my work, please visit my blog at, read any of my articles at, or watch these videos I recently recorded for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation: For more on John McDonald and the Partners for Innovative Community, Inc. please visit


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