The Business of Biomimicry

Biomimicry is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems. From product design to business processes, biomimicry is an increasingly popular and effective technique.

Read on to hear about how business and designers are using biomimicry.


Be Part of a Movement: The Biomimicry Track at SXSW Eco

What if biomimicry influenced as many areas of human endeavor as possible, from urban renaissance, to food security, to CO2 drawdown? Janine Benyus…
Kernza bales show the variation of harvest height and swather height.

The Land Institute Ahead of Schedule in its Quest to Revolutionize Agriculture

The Land Institute estimated it would take 100 years to fulfill its vision of a synergistic perennial polyculture. Forty years in, “we now…

Biodegradable Batteries … For Real?

Biodegradable batteries are all-natural, nontoxic, and compatible with smartphones, laptops, wearable electronics and medical devices. But when will they find commercial success?

A Better Way of Doing Business

Much of today’s organizational management mindset (whether corporate, nonprofit, government institution or startup) is rooted in a flawed logic about how the world…

Video: Darren Beck, Sprint on “The ROI of Sustainability”

At Sustainable Brands 2015 we asked thought leaders to define the "ROI of Sustainability" in their words. In this video, Darren Beck of…

The Next Stage of Organizational Evolution

The current shift in business is what biomimicry expert Giles Hutchins refers to as a shift from ‘firms of the past’ to firms…

Biomimicry: Mining Nature for Ideas

March 3 marks the launch of ASU’s new Biomimicry Center, established in partnership with Montana-based Biomimicry 3.8, and co-directed by Prasad Boradkar. In…
butterfly true

Radical Transformation in Business and Beyond

The indigenous elders of Peru explain the complete cycle of humanity as going through three movements: time of creation, time of conservation and…

Startup Uses Biomimicry to Create High-Performance Metal Alloys

Used widely in nature, lamination – the deposition of fine layers of materials on top of one another – has long been known…

The Future of Business: From Mechanical to Natural

This shift in management thinking to a more emergent, collaborative, relational logic is the most profound challenge facing organizations today.

A Metamorphosis in Our Midst

Economic and cultural shifts are metamorphosing our prevalent paradigm into something as different in look and feel as a butterfly is from a…

Embracing Natural Wisdom in a Volatile World

Organizations must redesign for resilience in order to flourish in the volatile times ahead.

The Illusion of Separation from Nature

This sense of separateness corrupts our basic need for intimate relationships. Enter the ethical and ecological corruption in our midst.
Bath Water Lily

Creating Constructive Futures in Business and Beyond

By drawing inspiration from nature, we may step beyond our narrowed-down view of life and recognize the intrinsic patterns and reciprocal relations in…

Volkswagen Wins EPA Rain-Catcher Award for Chattanooga Plant

Cost-effective and sustainable, restoring or mimicking natural ecosystems, such as wetlands, is proving to be an excellent means of water resource management and…