Biomimicry Thinking October 22-27, 2017 | Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
Join us among Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains for an eye-opening learning experience designed to equip you with the framework to help conceive, create, and implement innovation ideas inspired by nature’s genius.
Set against the backdrop of the Appalachian forest, this five-day deep dive into the Biomimicry Thinking methodology explores how intelligence from nature can elevate your design process, leading to innovation that is cutting edge, effective, elegant, and inherently sustainable.
Re-frame and refresh your approach to problem solving by adding the Biomimicry Thinking methodology to your design process. A science-based approach implemented by Fortune 500 corporations and nonprofits alike, Biomimicry Thinking harnesses the power of asking: “How would nature..?” and this workshop will equip you with tools and knowledge of this methodology so you can translate biology to application. Activities will include practicing with interdisciplinary teams on design challenges based on real-world questions.
Who Is It For
The workshop is for creative problem solvers searching for a way to re-frame and elevate their innovation and design processes. You’ll join a motivated, hopeful, interdisciplinary crew of participants to discover how biomimicry can unlock a new way of thinking about your toughest challenges. Past workshop participants have included CEOs, engineers, interior designers, professors, high school teachers, directors of innovation, architects, university students, entrepreneurs, and more! No prior experience with biomimicry is required – all skill levels welcome.
Where Is It
Elohee Center is located in the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains on 220 acres of undeveloped land two hours from Atlanta, Georgia. The idyllic setting allows you to (re)connect with nature while getting up-close-and-personal with the local ecosystem and mentor organisms that exemplify the genius design part that is nature.
The Elohee campus includes a pond and amazing views of surrounding landscapes.
Workshop activities allow participants to practice biomimicry in a collaborative setting with people from other disciplines.
A local naturalist will join the workshop to teach us about adaptations that allow local organisms to do things like stay dry, harvest water, create color, create structure, communicate, etc.– all functions often sought in humans designs.
You'll learn about Life’s Principles–the deep patterns behind the way life works–both in the classroom and outside in the local ecosystem.
The cottages at Elohee provide a variety of room options to fit your needs and budget.
You will employ Biomimicry Thinking with an interdisciplinary team on a real world design challenge.
October is the peak of fall foliage in northern Georgia. Photo: flickr.com | zuofab
The workshop provides many opportunities to (re)connect with nature.
Mandala Hall, a sustainably built and energy efficiency building, will be our main meeting area.
Shared rooms at Elohee include a private en suite bathroom.
What to Expect
Each day is brimming with content and exploration, see a preview of what attendees in Georgia experienced.
Each workshop includes a team design challenge that allows participants to employ Biomimicry Thinking to brainstorm nature-inspired solutions to real-world challenges. One past team took on the challenge of designing environments that support employee wellbeing.
Each workshop includes a team design challenge that allows participants to employ Biomimicry Thinking to brainstorm nature-inspired solutions to real-world challenges. One past team took on the challenge of purifying water of heavy metals, particulates, and pathogens.
Each workshop includes a team design challenge that allows participants to employ Biomimicry Thinking to brainstorm nature-inspired solutions to real-world challenges. One past team took on the challenge of utility efficiency, aiming to design a high use building focusing on waste management with no water supply.
This is by far one of the best workshops I have ever attended. Biomimicry is the missing link for the next generation of innovations. Be prepared to be amazed!