Immersion Workshop | Discover Nature’s Genius in Montana
August 2 – 7, 2015
Blacktail Ranch, Wolf Creek, MT
Turn your observations of nature into creative solutions for human challenges.
Whether you’re new to biomimicry or expanding your biomimicry skill set, this Immersion Workshop in beautiful Wolf Creek, Montana, will elevate your ability to discover nature’s genius and use it as the special ingredient for innovation.
It offers a method for going beyond simply appreciating nature to actually tapping into its successful strategies to elevate the way we approach and solve human challenges.
The workshop will be lead by Jamie Dwyer, Biomimicry 3.8 Biologist & Design Strategist, and Karen Allen, Restoration Ecologist, both of whom are Certified Biomimicry Professionals and deeply experienced biologists with lengthy knowledge of Montana’s ecosystems and biomimetic interpretations.
This workshop offers credit for both the Biomimicry Specialist and Biomimicry Professional certifications.
Plus, the first five registrants will receive a $235 early registration discount.
Feb 15, 2015
New Biomimicry Center Puts ASU at the Forefront of Emerging Discipline
Launch symposium on March 3 will feature Janine Benyus and ASU President Michael Crow.
A new cooperative venture at Arizona State University aims to make ASU a key academic hub for the emerging discipline of biomimicry.
Since Janine Benyus first observed and named the field in her 1997 book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, designers, engineers, businesses and other innovators have increasingly turned to nature in search of inspired ideas.
The Biomimicry Center at ASU, which officially launches with a symposium on March 3, is a co-branded collaboration between ASU and Biomimicry 3.8—the consulting and training firm co-founded by Benyus and Dr. Dayna Baumeister.
“The primary mission of the Biomimicry Center is to enhance academia’s ability to address a variety of sustainability challenges using strategies inspired by nature,” said Baumeister, who will serve as co-director of the new center along with Professor Prasad Boradkar of The Design School in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
The practice of biomimicry is transdisciplinary by nature, bringing biologists into collaboration with disciplines as diverse as architecture, management, engineering and even psychology. ASU has embraced biomimicry in recent years as part of the university’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. The Biomimicry Center will coordinate new and ongoing research and curriculum initiatives amongst campus institutions and the fast-growing global network of companies and consultants practicing biomimicry.
“Biomimicry has the unique ability to inspire and synchronize the work of diverse disciplines to mirror the unification of nature,” ASU President Michael Crow said. “The Biomimicry Center will serve a similar function within the ASU community while preparing students to apply their skills and interests to solving society’s most complex challenges.”
The Center is supported by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Sustainability, W. P. Carey School of Business, School of Life Sciences, and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, as well as the Office of Knowledge and Enterprise Development and the Provost’s Office.
In addition to coordinating broad sustainability initiatives related to biomimicry, the Biomimicry Center also will offer the first-ever Master’s of Science in Biomimicry and the first-ever Graduate Certificate in Biomimicry. These online programs are accredited versions of professional training programs developed by Biomimicry 3.8 since 2008. Both the master’s and certificate programs have begun accepting applicants through ASU Online, and development of an on-campus master’s program is underway.
“Biomimicry thinking is a skill set for 21st century careers,” Boradkar said. “It allows professionals in any field to contribute to sustainable solutions through systems-thinking, creativity, and interdisciplinary collaboration.”
The Center officially launches on March 3 with an interactive symposium on ASU’s Tempe campus. The event will feature TED-style talks, hands-on activities, artistic performances, and a discussion between Janine Benyus and ASU President Michael Crow about the role biomimicry can play in generating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges.
About The Biomimicry Center
The Biomimicry Center is a joint effort between Arizona State University and Biomimicry 3.8 (B3.8) that facilitates education and research endeavors to create sustainable solutions by emulating biological forms and strategies. The Center fuses the intellectual disciplines and work of biologists, designers, engineers, business professionals, communicators, material scientists, chemists and others to address system-level opportunities and challenges.
Ecosystems contain thousands of reinforcing and balancing feedback loops. In fact, one of nature’s primary design lessons—from a collection we call Life’s Principles—is to be locally attuned and responsive through the use of feedback loops.
The Feedback Loop is our version of nutrient-dense humus. It’s rich information about our work and research that supports our clients, professional training programs and the meme of biomimicry.
Here’s what’s inside…
- Introduction by Janine Benyus
- Integrate Development with Growth: A lesson from Nature
- Development and Growth at Biomimicry 3.8: A Banner Year
- Biomimicry and Packaging Design for Natura: A Case Study
- Teaching the Practice of Biomimicry
- Upcoming Immersion Programs in 2015
- Special Announcement: The Biomimicry Center at ASU
- Launch of Biomimicry Graduate Degrees
The biomimicry design website AskNature has been announced as a 2014 Semi-Finalist in the Fuller Challenge, a prestigious annual competition named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award.” Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute invites scientists, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.Continue reading
Chris Allen, former Biomimicry 3.8 CEO, takes on a new role with us
Chris Allen, who joined with Janine Benyus and Dayna Baumeister to found Biomimicry 3.8, has moved to San Francisco to focus on new business development, bringing Biomimicry 3.8’s award-winning services to architecture, development, and planning.Continue reading
As a participant in the 2012-2013 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge, Stephanie Koehler and her team from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design created a solar purification device that garnered her team finalist status in both round one and round two of the global competition. Since that experience, Stephanie has launched a career as a sustainability design strategist. She describes her journey in a three-part article series in Core77.Continue reading