Janine Benyus March 3, 2009

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Natural sciences writer and innovation consultant Janine Benyus envisions solar cells that mimic leaves, agriculture that models a prairie, and businesses that run like redwood forests. These and other sustainable solutions created by emulating nature’s designs and processes are imagined within biomimicry. Benyus’s book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature (HarperCollins, 1997) established biomimicry as an emerging discipline. Benyus is the co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild, a global ecosystem of individuals and organizations dedicated to helping innovators learn from and emulate natural models, and to create products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life. A multimedia presentation will accompany Benyus’ lecture.