If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage . Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Janine M. Benyus and others published Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature }.

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Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Perhaps the weakest chapter was the final one, examining business and economics “like a redwood forest”. The book mentions the buying and selling of pollution permits which had just gone into effect when the book was piblished as the ah-ha moment that was going to change industry, and now, looking back, we know that is not the case.

Also, I’m an economist, and I was a bit miffed that Benyus only focused on interviewing “industrial ecologists” – a field I’m unfamiliar with, but that sounded a lot like environmental economics. We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so.

Loved reading about the physical structure of Abalone shells, and the way animals ate to heal themselves. There were several technologies and practices mentioned that I didn’t know took inspiration from nature or simply just didn’t know they existed.

I found the conducting business section particularly fascinating. That said, I was dying for an update; most of this stuff is 20 years out of date. She serves on a number of land use committees Janine M. Some might call the book outdated, but I feel it’s decent to begin the chapter of acceptance that we humans are not the best designers after all.

I enjoyed it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it. The book Biomimicry was written in and the science is a little stale, but the idea is still very interesting.

That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool.


The first thing I have to say about this book is that the concepts behind it are fabulous In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs.

Didi mentioned that, in addition to smoking elephant dung! However, I tire fairly easily of the patronizing tone of the “environmentally enlightened” and do not enjoy when authors shrug off religious ideas as if they were relics.

Dec 26, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: The section on how will inovation make things again had some interesting ideas again had some fascinating concepts, like talking about how mussels adhere to rocks underwater and how spider silk is stronger than steel yet made without intense heat, pressure, or nasty chemicals.

I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. She serves on a number of land use committees in her rural county, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated to place-based living and learning.

Using hacks that evolution developed over its history. Mar 12, Anggia Widhi rated it liked it. Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. These are all questions that we will likely be presented with in the forseeable future if we continue to pollute and use resources at current rates.

Open Preview See a Problem? I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive. That said, the whole book was great. Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest. I think some of the intensive details coul This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature.

InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild, the Innovation Consultancy, which helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models in order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life. Benyus writes eloquently and presents many ideas to learn from.

View all 4 comments. See 2 questions about Biomimicry…. Some parts of it I found really interesting, some not enough developped or a little bit too far fetched, only full of descriptions of new d Reading this book was depressing. There is no such thing as a permament separation for as long as we reside on this planet. Jun 17, Lizzy rated it liked it. Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach.


A fantastic book about the possibilities available for biomimicry. The Land Institute, http: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Viewing creation as a model, measure, and mentor, the author praises shamans and holds to the ridiculous myths of noble savages that have been around since at least the French Enlightenment of the 18th century.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world. The second thing is that this book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published. Just check out a DVD from the library or rent one from your local video store if you don’t believe me. My favorite chapter of this book. There have not been enough psychological studies on ownership to assume that everyone janinw function successfully in such a world without creating even more waste.

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Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. In many cases, these technologies are in insired sight: Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe.

The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts.

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This book was a revelation for me. The last part of the book is pretty dry philosophizing except for a few ideas such as companies that are taking back their products for recycling and laws requiring them to do so. I enjoy reading all the gee-whiz almost-there projects that are going to ebnyus petroleum-based agriculture, energy, and the like, any day now.