Blog: Biomimicry: Nature’s Secrets: Hidden Unity and Instructions

I am so inspired by the work of this Institute and their vision. Posing challenges with the intent of looking for nature-inspired solutions creates innovation from the most unlikely of species and functions in nature. Jeanine Benyus asks these questions: How would nature solve this? How does nature optimize energy usage? How does nature create multiple functions?

She leaves us with these thoughts:

  • “The best ideas may not be ours.”
  • Life runs on sunlight and wastes nothing.
  • Everything is upcycled.
  • We are a very young species. What would happen if we saw ourselves as apprentices?

My podcast guest this week, Erika Harrison, principal of Eco-Tone Advisors and president of the Board of Directors for the Biomimicry Institute, ignited my sense of curiosity with her passion for the innovation and possibilities this Institute generates. She reminds me how intelligent nature is. As Jeanine says, “If we could quiet our clevermind”, what wonders would we witness and what solutions could we create? I highly recommend their website. Many challenges are explained and how nature provided solutions. Inspiring. Provocative. Engaging. Timely.

Enjoy and please share. Your comments are appreciated.

Judith

Podcast: Erika Harrison, President, Board of Directors Biomimicry Institute

Description: The Biomimicry Institue is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. This Institute works to create a new generation of sustainability innovators by focusing on education and entrepreneurship through youth education, global design challenges, and AskNature. Erika gives us several examples of innovative designs created through observing and applying functions to our problems. Intrigued? I am. I hope you join us for this provocative and timely discussion. All comments are appreciated!

About My Guest: “Erika is President of the Board of Directors with the Biomimicry Institute – a nonprofit organization empowering people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. The Biomimicry Institute works to create a new generation of sustainability innovators by focusing on education and entrepreneurship through youth education, Global Design Challenges, and AskNature. Erika is also principal of EcoTone Advisors – a boutique strategy, coaching, and consulting firm serving leadership teams, executives, and philanthropists creating personal legacies and purpose-driven organizations for the greater good. Erika earned her MA in Communication & Culture and BA in Cultural Anthropology & Environmental Studies. She is certified in applied Knowledge Management and participatory adult education and integrates strategies inspired by nature in her work, life, and play”. Principal, Ecotone Advisors

Transcript:  #24 Erika Harrison