We are reaching the end of an era, and are ready to envision and create a new era inspired by and in harmony with nature. BCI explains the need for transformation through a series pieces including Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation, Leadership Inspired by Nature, Biomimicry for Business, and Getting Engaged… with Nature.
Life-Centered: Biomimicry and Beyond
Welcome to Life-Centered, a podcast about how looking to the natural world is impacting technology, society, and how we live our lives.
In this episode Amelia Tracy and I had a chance to catch up with Denise DeLuca. Denise has been an inspiration and instructor to many over the years as both a faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and Design as well as co-founder of several organizations including Biomimicry for Creative Innovation. Today we learned more about her journey with biomimicry, her thoughts on biomimicry as a tool for social innovation, and the tools she has developed over the years that she has seen make a big impact.
This episode dives into fascinating details of biomimicry and challenges in the field. If you love the ‘how to’ of biomimicry this is the episode for you.
Listen to the podcast here: Life-Centered, Episode 3 with Denise DeLuca
Biomimicry for Better Design
Nature is proving to be humankind’s best teacher when it comes to lessons on good design, and today’s leaders can improve performance by learning how nature manages change, pressures and adaptation and then apply those lessons to their own organisations to get better results with less resources.
In this talk given at TEDx Bedford, I share ideas developed with my colleague Denise DeLuca from Biomimicry for Creative Innovation. We we ask leaders and agents of change to start their quests and action by asking the question “fully taking emerging trends such as climate change, biodiversity loss, demographic shift, population increase and resource scarcity into account, what would the best outcome be, regardless of the resources needed to achieve it, or the know how to get there?” By starting with an ‘R10′ outcome such as ‘teach every child in my city to grow and cook food by the time that they’re 14′, we get reminded of the scale of epic change rather than the ‘stuckness’ of our current situation.
The lenses of Optimising, Resilient, Adaptive, Life-Supporting, Systems Based and Values Based can be used by leaders of communities, businesses or government as well as in our day to day lives as guiding principles to remind us of the things that count most when we’re building anything to last.
Watch Andy’s talk here: Biomimicry for Better Design
Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation
We are beginning to realize that our old business models are not sustainable, and we already know that our manufacturing models are not sustainable. We are reaching the end of an era, and are ready to envision and create a new era, an era of sustainability. In this paper, we explore why and how e can learn from nature how to use ecological thinking for radical transformation.
The Nature of Business: redesign for resilience (webinar)
Giles Hutchins shares startling facts and provokative insights drawn from his book, The Nature of Business, in this hour-long webinar hosted by The Sustainability Learning Centre.
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Leadership Inspired by Nature
The decade in which we are now living (2010-2020) has been dubbed the Decade of Fear, the Decade of Volatility, the Decade of Transparency, the Decade of Creative Destruction, and the Decade of Transformation. Whatever it is called, the message is clear: change is happening, it is volatile, it will be transformative, and conventional leadership models are unfit to handle it, unfit to lead into an era of sustainability. What we need now, and into an era of sustainability, is what we are calling Leadership Inspired by Nature.
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The Nature of Business
A perfect storm of social, economic and environmental factors mean increased volatility for our working environments. In these transformational times our organisations are being challenged to ‘redesign for resilience’. In his book ‘The Nature of Business’, Giles Hutchins explores how organisations that seek out opportunities in these challenging times by redesigning for resilience are best able to survive and thrive the volatile times ahead.
The Future of Business
What’s your brave challenge to the world? The one we need to see address to a truly sustainable earth. Listen to Giles Hutchins talk about the solution to our crisis of relationships, crisis of resources, and our fundamental crisis of spirit – what the future of business needs to become.
View this 3 minute video clip HERE.
A Search for Roaring Dragons: Stories of fire, passion and imagination
In this inspiring TEDx talk, Andy Middleton talks about one small county’s commitment to sustainability. Andy’s experiences from delivery of UK and international projects and conferences on leadership, sustainability and innovation confirm the need for big changes in the way the world of life, work and government is taught and designed. He’s convinced that this is possible using tools, ideas and knowledge we already have.
This video clip can be accessed HERE.
Biomimicry for Business?
Eric Dargent, as part of the Exeter One Planet MBA, critically examines the application of biomimicry to business.
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Getting Engaged… with Nature
Mei Wong, as part of the Exeter One Planet MBA, critically explores how inspiration from nature can help stakeholder engagement within a business context.
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