Account of the nexxworks bio-inspiration workshop for business written by Frederik Simoen

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LEEN GORISSEN – BIOMIMICRY: HOW CAN NATURE INSPIRE US TO SOLVE PROBLEMS?

Leen introduced the bootcampers to biomimicry, an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. One of its applications is the use of fabric imitating shark skin in hospitals, because it is antimicrobial. Another example is scheduling new routes for public transportation inspired by the patterns in which molds grow. The rainforest Peter talked about on Monday is a perfect example of what biomimicry is teaching! Forests can grow because of cooperation, not because of competition. Tree roots are tangled under the ground. When a storm hits the woods, all trees take on the immense forces together. And did you know trees share information via the wood wide web? When one tree is attacked by an insect, it will send rescue signals to its neighbors. They will in turn send out signals attracting predators who will  come to eat the insect.

In nature, 99.9% of innovations fail. This means we can learn a lot from the 0,1% success stories. Ants have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, they have been able to surf the waves of change. Ants have never been building wealth, they have been improving their environment. Ant colonies have no traffic jams, no slums, no pollution, no unemployment. How have they been able to evolve to such a society? We, humans, still have to discover how to live sustainably. We have to see change as an opportunity for creation!

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