What is Biomimicry?

A definition of Biomimicry

Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline, based on an ancient practice, aiming at investigating Nature to discover its best ideas and translate them into applicable design principles to solve human challenges.
We can think of it as "innovation inspired by Nature" and refer to Leonardo da Vinci as an example of renowned Biomimicry practitioner.

Why to look at

During the last 3.8 billion years of evolution, Nature had to face challenges similar to the ones we are struggling with; such as: water scarcity, responding to disturbances and collecting energy and nutrients.
Through a continuous process of trail and errors, Nature evolved and thrived adapting to changing conditions, using locally available renewable resources and doing it in an efficient and resilient way. Nature goes beyond the concept of sustainability, it creates conditions conducive to Life.

Difference from other bio-approaches

Instead of harvesting organisms, or domesticating them to accomplish a function for us, Biomimicry differs from other "bio-approaches" by consulting organisms and ecosystems (looking at natural forms, processes and systems) and applying the underlying design principles to our innovations.

Why to consider Biomimicry

This approach introduces a new realm for entrepreneurship that can contribute not only to generate innovative designs and solutions to our problems but also to awake people to the importance of conserving the biodiversity on Earth that has so much yet to teach us.

Biomimicry Thinking approach