Biomimicry Basics: How To Innovate Using Nature’s Strategies [online course]
starting 21 January 2016
Denise DeLuca and Vibrant OS have created an online course where you can learn a step-by-step method for turning nature’s strategies into innovative and sustainable design solutions.
You can access the course here.
01-03 April 2015 – Denise DeLuca will be joining Ilaria Mazzoleni and Tamsin Woolley-Barker to facilitate the workshop How Would Nature Design Adaptive Human Communities? Lessons from the Super Organism. After Illaria and Tamsin present applications of bio-inspired design to architecture and community, Denise will engage participants in bio-inspired design processes using Nature-inspired tools for creative innovation.
Learn more about Living Futures here.
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Ecobalance and Biomimicry: Inspired by Nature [online class]
starting 04 June 2014 – BCI’s Denise DeLuca and MCAD/SD’s Cindy Gilbert teach this 2-hour class for the Green Building Reserch Institute on biomimicry as applied to architecture.
To learn more about this class and GBRI click here.
Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit [Cleveland, OH]
15-17 October 2014 – During the conference, Denise DeLuca will be running a 90 minute highly interactive workshop The Nature of Resilience: Redesigning for Resilience (reflecting Giles Hutchins book of that name). This is a corporate-focused workshops on flourishing enterprise that provide immediate personal value and enhance organizational performance while re-aligning with Nature and human nature.
For more information on this conference, click here.
BCI at Portland Design Week [Portland, OR]
06 Oct 2014 - Lecture: Design + Biomimicry: Applying Whole-(eco)Systems Thinking
Stefanie Koehler and Denise DeLuca will provide an introduction to the ideas behind “Biomimicry Thinking” and how they can be applied as a process for innovation, used as a set of life-supporting principles, and brought to the core to your business and design practices. To learn more about the lecture click here.
07 Oct 2014 – Workshop: Tools for Using Bio-Aligned Design
Stefanie Koehler and Denise DeLuca will lead this fast-paced 2-hour hands-on workshop where you will learn a new set of bio-inspired tools to creatively solve challenges, foster conditions where creative juices can flow, and abstract lessons learned from Nature. We will introduce some big concepts, but mostly focus on applied activities you can start using immediately. To learm more about the workshop click here.
Creative Leadership [online course]
Fall 2014 – Denise DeLuca will teach a 15-week 3 credit Masters level course called Creative Leadership through the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) Sustainable Design Online (SDO) Masters Program. This course emerged from BCI’s Leadership Inspired by Nature, adapted to facilitate the future success of sustainable designers. This class is required for students enrolled in the SDO program, and is also open to the public.
To learn more about this class, click here.
BCI at BGI: Inspired by Nature workshops Series [Seattle, WA/USA]
Spring 2014 – Denise DeLuca facilitates an Inspired by Nature workshops series hosted by the Organization Systems Renewal (OSR) Graduate Program at BGI’s Pioneer Square campus in March, April, and May 2014.
Introduction to Biomimicry: Learning from Nature – 2 hours of learning the basic what, why, and how of biomimicry and get a chance to play with the tools in the context of organizational leadership. Thursday March 13, 2014. 6-8pm.
Bio-Inspired Tools for Radical Transformation - a fast-paced 2 hours learning a set of new bio-inspired tools to increase your organization’s creativity, co-creativity, and begin to transform a conventional culture into a culture of synergy, resilience, curioisty, trust, respect, and abundance. Friday April 11, 2014. 6-8pm.
Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation – a full day workshop that builds on and integrates concepts and tools presented in the two previous taster workshops in this Inspired by Nature series: Introduction to Biomimicry (March 13) and Bio-Inspired Tools for Radial Transformation (April 11). Friday May 09, 2014. 8:30am-5:00pm. This workshop will help you:
- Recognize the constraints of our conventional thinking
- Reveal and leverage your natural potential
- Gain new perspectives, learn new behaviors, and practice new tools
- Envision a resilient, adaptable, and innovative organization, inspired by Nature
- Choreograph long-term transformation while enhancing short-term performance
- Curate a culture of effective creative collaboration and personal well-being
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature lecture [Portland, OR/USA]
21 April 2014 – Stefanie Koehler shares how Nature’s principles can yield more resilient and adaptable organizational practices. Hosted by the PNW Cleantech Open team, this lecture provided insight to the various ways participants from the upcoming CleanTech Challenge can learn from Nature. Presented alongside, AskNature.org director, Ethan Smith from Biomimicry 3.8, these two designers aimed to paint a full picture of the vast use of biomimicry: How might we see and learn from Nature’s inspirations and technologies? + How might we apply these ideas into practical tools for our organizations and businesses when creating radically innovative (and sustainable) solutions?
The Application of Biomimicry to Innovation and Sustainable Design: poster presentation at NCIIA conference [San Jose, CA/USA]
21 March 2014 – Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s MA in Sustainable Design program director Cindy Gilbert presents Stefanie Koehler’s poster illustrating the lessons learned using biomimicry methodologies for her MA thesis project. Presented at the 2014 National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance ‘s (NCIIA) OPEN Conference during a peer-review poster session. Co-authored by Stefanie Koehler, Denise DeLuca, and Cindy Gilbert.
Microsoft Net Impact Chapter: Co-Creativity for Disruptive Innovation [Seattle, WA]
19 March 2014 – Innovation emerges from skillfully blending creativity and productivity. Disruptive innovation emerges from skillfully choreographing the creativity and productivity of diverse thinkers and doers in a state of dynamic tension. Conventional business cultures and practices tend to promote productivity at the expense of creativity, and favor competition over co-creativity, making disruptive innovation rare if not impossible to achieve. Luckily if you are seeking new tools for disruptive innovation, or simply more effective creativity, co-creativity, and creative collaboration, you need look no further than your local pine tree. In this workshop you will learn a set of simple bio-inspired tools that you can use immediately to increase your creativity and co-creativity and also to begin a process of transforming your culture in to a culture of continuous innovation. (And you get to play with pinecones.)
Jay Harman: How Nature Inspires Innovation [Seattle, WA/USA]
16 October 2013 - Jay Harman is on tour giving inspiring and insightful lectures to share his new book The Shark’s Paintbrush. BCI was fortunate to share time with Jay and his partner Francesca Bertone during their visit to Seattle. His book is a must-read for anyone wanting to commercialize innovation inspired by nature, and a great read for those simply interested in how it works!
Schumacher College [Devon, England/UK]
8pm Monday 14th October – We live in transformational times, and we are in the midst of a profound paradigm shift. We are witnessing the disintegration of the current, outdated Western paradigm and the emergence of a new one in its embryonic stages of formation. Giles Hutchins – author of The Nature of Business – examines the inherent corruptions within our philosophical, scientific and cultural worldview. In identifying the root causes of our flawed worldview a new way of attending to life emerges free of contradiction: Natural Inclusionality.
Creative Leadership – online course
26th Aug 2013 to 13 Dec 2013 – Denise DeLuca will teach a 15-week 3 credit course called Creative Leadership through the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) Sustainable Design Online (SDO) Masters Program. This course emerged from BCI’s Leadership Inspired by Nature, adapted to facilitate the future success of sustainable designers. In addition to Creative Leadership, the MCAD SDO fall course offerings include Introduction to Sustainable Design (taught by Joshsua Foss), Design for Community, and Systems Thinking.
THESE COURSES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
More information on these courses as well how to register can be found HERE.
Business Inspired by Nature Webinar: Redesigning Business for Resilience
9th July, 2013 – Giles Hutchins will lead an online workshop for Transition United States. Information on how to sign up for the event can be found HERE.
MCAD: Biomimetic Design
3rd June, 2013 to 11th August,2013 – Denise DeLuca is teaching Biomimetic Design for the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) Sustainable Design Online Master’s program. You can learn more about this program HERE.
Green Team Webinar: The Nature of Business – Redesign for Resilience
25th April, 2013 – Giles Hutchins led a webinar on The Nature of Business for the Sustainability Learning Centre. More information on the event HERE.
Workshop at KaosPilots in Aarhus, Denmark
25th April, 2013 – Joshua Foss led a workshop for the KaosPilots, a unique and innovative educational program hubbed in Aarhus, Denmark that utilizes action-learning to develop social entrepreneurs. Josh will guide a team of students through a lecture and workshop that will explore regenerative development and ecological thinking as guiding approaches to bringing about meaningful change.
Exeter Business School: One Planet MBA
28th January, 2013 – Giles Hutchins lectures on ‘Leadership for the Future’ to executive MBA students
Smith Business School, Oxford
23rd January, 2013 – Giles Hutchins presents Business Inspired By Nature to business school students
Ashridge Business School
22nd January, 2013 – Giles Hutchins presents Firm of The Future to Ashridge Business School
VoiceAmerica – Business Reinvention
07 January 2013 – Denise DeLuca discusses Leadership Inspired by Nature on Business Reinvention with Nancy Lin. Live 16:00 Pacific Time, recorded for future access. Access HERE.
Guardian Roundtable Forum – Sustainable Business
15th November 2012 – Giles Hutchins takes part in an expert roundtable on sustainable business transformation
Net Impact – An evening on Business Inspired By Nature
14th November 2012 – Net Impact, along with Interface and Giles Hutchins explore Business Inspired By Nature at Interface’s London showroom
Hult Business School, London
9th November 2012 – Dr Michael Edwards and Giles Hutchins present Firm of The Future & Leadership of the Future in London
Sustentare Business School, Joinville, Brazil
8th November 2012 – Simon Robinson facilitates the ‘International Lecture: Making Sense in a Complex World’
1st November 2012 – Giles Hutchins presents ‘The Nature of Business’ to INSEAD MBA students in Paris.
Union College (New York, USA)
2-3 November 2012 – Denise DeLuca introduces Biomimicry for Creative Innovation to Union College’s up-and-coming Creativity SWAT Team.
25th October 2012 – Giles Hutchins presents ‘Redesigning for resilience in a volatile world: Business inspired by nature’
London School of Economics
24th October 2012 – Giles Hutchins presents the case for ‘Business Inspired By Nature’ supported by Kelly Grainger from InterfaceFLOR who will examine the business practicalities.
Hult Business School, San Francisco & London
October- December 2012 – Dr Mike Edwards lectures ‘Global Crises’ at Hult International Business School in London about the situation in which we, the human species, find ourselves at the beginning of the 21st Century.
October 2012 – Dr Mike Edwards runs a series of ‘Leadership Inspired by Nature’ lectures in London.
Fundação Instituto de Administração, São Paulo, Brazil
25 September, 2012 – Simon Robinson presents Business Inspired By Nature & Complexity Theory.
UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil
15th September, 2012 – Simon Robinson runs a workshop on Chaos, Complexity, Creativity and Innovation
Leadership Inspired by Nature: Green Team Lunch & Learn Webinar
The Do Lectures
September 2012 – Andy Middleton hosts another brilliant line up at The Do Lectures where sustainable innovators share inspiring stories of transformation.
August 23rd-26th, 2012 – Joshua Foss is a featured presenter and contributor at FuturePerfect, a unique sustainability-focused festival in Stockholm, Sweden.
August 1, 2012 – Denise DeLuca speaks at a fantastic salon hosted by the Antonia Ax:son Johnson Foundation for the Environment where a diversity of thinkers discussed how expanding our understanding of human nature can help us achieve sustainable development.
Natures at Wilderness Festival
August 2012 – Louise Carver hosts a unique ‘Natures’ weekend session at The Wilderness Festival, with engaging presentations from experts in the field of ‘nature’s inspiration’.
Nesta Hot Topics: Biomimicry
05 July 2012 – Denise DeLuca joins a panel of speakers for a lively discuccion of Biomimicry: Biology Inspired Innovation. See videos and interviews HERE.
Hay Festival, Hay Festival, Wales
30 May- 10 June 2012 – Andy Middleton hosts the Hay on Earth Green Dragon’s Den at the Hay Festival, including projects demonstrating leadership and innovation on sustainability. Louise Carver hosts ‘Natures’ which explores the interconnections between human nature and nature.
More information at www.hayfestival.com
Ecoliteracy Module, One Planet MBA, Exeter University Business School
28-31 May 2012 – Giles Hutchins shares concepts and activities on Firm of the Future, Business Inspired by Nature as part of Exeter University’s new One Planet MBA program. Learn more about the program HERE.
Online Creative Leadership course
29 May – 06 August 2012 – Economic, environmental, and ethical crises present leaders with new and complex challenges. Effective, resilient, and agile leaders employ a diversity of skills, experience, and resources to respond to humanity’s greatest challenges with creative, innovative, and humane solutions. Students will build their capacities to become creative leaders and to work constructively as part of dynamic and collaborative teams through the integration of an ecological perspective for their work, organizations, communities, and the planet. Learn more about the program HERE.
Planet Under Pressure Conference, London
March 2012 – Mike Edwards hosts three sessions Visioning a Truly Sustainable World at Planet under Pressure.
Giles Hutchins as expert panellist contributes to the BRAVE vision.
Over 3000 delegates were registered with plenary and up to 15 parallel sessions organised at any one time. For more info on BRAVE bravecollaboration.tumblr.com contains the video we used and other related materials which are available for use.
Tomorrow’s Natural Business Conference, London
11 November 2011 – Tomorrow’s Company, in partnership with BCI and Atos, hosted a full day conference on Tomorrow’s Natural Business. They explored how companies can inspire themselves by and through nature, developing and implementing ‘natural business strategies’ into their business models to become both sustainable and successful in an increasingly challenging and uncertain global climate.
Tomorrow’s Natural Business follows the practices and methods developed by nature, arguing that its 3 billion years experience has allowed it to create very strong strategies for success!
Live Discussion: What is Biomimicry?
Wednesday 5 October, 2 – 4 – Hosted by The Guardian – Sustainable Business. To explore the principles of biomimicry, how they can be applied to sustainable business and many more questions, join our expert panel on Wednesday 5 October, 2-4pm (BST). Please feel free to post your thoughts and questions beforehand in the comments section below. To do this you will need to sign up here. Panelists: Nigel Stansfield senior vice president of product and innovation atInterfaceFLOR, Denise DeLuca project lead for Swedish Biomimetics 3000 and co-founder of BCI, Giles Hutchins global director of Sustainability Solutions at Atos and co-founder of BCI, and Michael Pawlyn founder of Exploration in 2007. More information can be found HERE.
Tomorrow’s Natural Business, London
5 July 2011 – Denise DeLuca, Giles Hutchins & Andy Middleton join Ramon Arratia from InterfaceFLOR and Tomorrow’s Company’s Tony Manwaring at the Interface showroom for the launch of ‘Tomorrow’s Natural Business’ – a pathway to sustainable transformation based on biomimicry and innovation.
Net Impact, London
8 June 2011 – Giles Hutchins, Andy Middleton, and Louise Carver will be discussing biomimicry, the possibilities of firms inspired by nature, and business & nature. Net Impact London presents a range of speakers who want to walk you through this transformation. More details can be found HERE.
Cafe Scientifique, Bangor
8 June 2011 – Denise DeLuca will give a lecture on Biomimicry for Design at the June gathering of Cafe Scientifique taking place at the Blue Sky Cafe on High Street in Bangor (North Wales). More details can be found HERE.
6 June 2011 – Andy Middleton joins panellists from Microsoft, Welsh Government, Scottish & Southern Electricity & investment houses to pitch and discuss ideas on what ‘R.10 transformation’ could do for a whole county engaged in change.
Hay Festival, Wales
31 May-3 June 2011 – Andy Middleton is hosting the Hay on Earth Green Dragon’s Den at the Hay Festival, including a £10k grant each day to projects demonstrating leadership and innovation on sustainability. More information at www.hayfestival.com
Ecoliteracy module, One Planet MBA, Exeter University Business School
17-18 May 2011 – Giles Hutchins will be sharing concepts and activities on Firm of the Future, Business Inspired by Nature as part of Exeter University’s new One Planet MBA program. Learn more about the program HERE.
Firm of the Future, Amsterdam
December 2010 – In partnership with Atos-NL, BCI delivered a Thought Leadership Workshop on the subject of Business Inspired by Nature to CxO and Senior Business Managers. Key components included Keynotes, Workshops and Socratic Enquiry. The subject-matter included the Firm of the Future, Resilience and Business Ecosystems.
Transformational Change at Schumacher College
November 2010 – BCI led a 1-week course on transformative leadership during which they built the template interventions needed to help organisations ‘go to scale’ on embedding sustainability. More information can be found HERE.
World Applied Improvisation Network, Amsterdam
September 2010 - Belina Raffy and Andy Middleton ran a workshop to introduce biomimicry to conference participant who already use applied improvisation, emergence, collaboration and creativity in their day to day work. The results, network and people were magical.
Do Lectures, Wales
September 2010 – Members of the BCI team facilitated and otherwise enjoyed The 2010 Do Lectures. The Do Lectures are all about getting a handful of speakers together in one place, in the hope that they may inspire you to go Do something. To give you the tools and the desire to change the things you care about. To learn more, click HERE.
The Global Business of Biodiversity, London
July 2010 – Denise DeLuca, Giles Hutchins, Andy Middleton, Belina Raffy and Michael Pawlyn ran a workshop at the first Global Business of Biodiversity Symposium at Excel in London. Learn more HERE.
Hay Festival, Wales
June 2010 – Andy Middleton and BCI colleagues used bimimicry to help communities accelerate change for sustainability.
SAP Sapphire, USA
May 2010 – Giles Hutchins talked on Biomimicry: Business Inspired by Nature
Royal Botanic Gardens, London
May 2010 – Team BCI worked with partners at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, Prof Monique Simmonds and colleagues, to launch Kew’s Biomimicry Innovation Centre. Follow the blog HERE.
WWF One Planet Leadership, Zurich
April 2010 – Denise DeLuca worked with WWF on their One Planet Leadership Programme. Learn more about their program at: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/how_we_work/businesses/training/