Biomimicry 3.8 Institute

The Biomimicry Institute is a not-for-profit organization that is building a movement of people who view nature not as a warehouse of goods but as a storehouse of knowledge and inspiration for sustainable innovation. Our mission is making the act of asking nature’s advice a normal part of everyday inventing.

Biomimicry is fundamentally about cultivating deep respect for the natural world. As such, we hope that teaching problem solvers to see nature differently will also lead to their ardent desire to protect and conserve it. 

The Institute was founded in 2006 by science writer and consultant Janine Benyus in response to overwhelming interest in the subject following the publication of her book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.  See Janine’s TED Talk video for her groundbreaking introduction to biomimicry.

Today, the Biomimicry Institute focuses on three core areas:

    • Developing our online database of nature’s solutions, AskNature.org.
    • Hosting biomimicry design challenges, including our annual global Design Challenge.
    • Growing our Global Network of regional biomimicry practitioners.

See examples of biomimicry in action!

Meet executive director Beth Rattner, our staff, and the Institute board.

View our 2011-2012 Annual Report. View the Biomimicry Institute 2010 990 form.