Janine Benyus: Nature's 100 Best Solutions

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The brilliant naturalist, author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, and founder of the Biomimicry Institute, Janine Benyus, reminds us that our prime directive as living beings is to seek to create conditions conducive to life. What are Nature's 100 Best revolutionary solutions to the world's most vexing challenges? Her talk starts at the 6:20 mark, though the introduction is worth listening to as well.

Bioneers Conference Plenary 2008, with Janine Benyus

A Quick Summary of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

3.8 billion years of research and development
10-30 million species
Well- adapted solutions

Biomimicry is the conscious emulation of life’s genius

What should we ask?

How does life make things? ( Without Heat, Beat and Treat?)

How does life make the most of things? (By Adding Information to Matter)

How does life make “Things” disappear into systems?

12 Big Ideas from Biology:

  1. Self Assembly
  2. CO2 as a Feedstock
  3. Solar Transformation
  4. The Power of Shape
  5. Quenching Thirst
  6. Metals without Mining
  7. Green Chemistry
  8. Timed Degradation
  9. Resilience and Healing
  10. Sensing and Responding
  11. Growing Fertility
  12. Life Creates Conditions Conducive to Life

 

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