Biomimicry has ratings and reviews. Smellsofbikes said: I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. I enjoy reading all t. Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired. Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies.

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Nov 22, Giorgi Burduli rated it it was amazing. And biologists do not work at these companies, primarily.

And then we go through the biological literature, finding not the answer, but answers — how nature has solved that problem over and over and over again. How does nature shape and maintain community? I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses.

This is the difficult truth: 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 are too many brilliant models in the book of your people are boimimicry things right. Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages. What was even more perplexing to me is the fact that, after all this technological talk, Benyus wrapped up the book by talking about how we should get back to nature, Iroquois style. Additionally, I thought the chapter on computing was a bit odd.

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It is about that. Over time, it got to be four file folders. And then I picked up Fortune in March. I was introduced to the work of Janine Benyus by a student of mine about a year and a half ago, and have been meaning to read this book, Biomimicry: Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize fundamental truths about design and creation that were staring her in the face and that were pain I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.

Dayna Baumeister, the Innovation Consultancywhich helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models in order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life.

Water cleaner than it came in; air cleaner than it came in; biodiversity supported; soil held instead of eroded. How do we do net-positive products?

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After having finished this it, I feel overwhelmed by the new vision which compliments my sight. We humans biomimicrj hitting the same limits that organisms have already hit, and that already figured out how to dance within those limits — being as efficient as you can with energy, working or bartering for everything you get.

I’d biomimiry to think that they’ll be solving more complex problems than our computers today solve, where there is likely no “right” answer. The author does bring out some good points about the drawbacks of conventional computing and there are some fantastic ideas, such as biomikicry computing, evolving computer code, using a molecule from bacteria to compute based on light input, and solving difficult problems with tubes of DNA.

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. That said, the whole book was great. How does nature heal? The Land Institute, http: Benyus born in New Jersey is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. On the occasion of Biomimicry’s 20th anniversary, I recently spoke with Benyus, who I’ve known for most of those 20 years, to get a progress report bikmimicry the state of biomimicry.

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A well developed look into how biology can shape the world around us. When you hear this optimistic soon-utopia-to-be tone ofwhen it was written, you can’t help but look at what’s happening now and see that nothing much has changed. I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders on condescension. If you go back to the original circular biomimiry document, the McKinsey document PDFthere were two fundamental pieces of work that they based circular economy on, one of which was biomimicry.

Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really biomimmicry it. I appreciate natural beauty and an elegant design solution as much as the next guy, and clearly natural designs often demonstrate extreme economy of necessity. With Benyus’s humor and wit you will find this compendium of technologies very palatable and informational if not inspiring; be forewarned there is a good amount of information in this book, do take a week to read it for maximum enjoyment!

I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot. Didi mentioned that, biomimicyr addition to smoking elephant dung! We have much to learn and biommicry book drives the point home by elucidating the amazing ways of nature that we could decide to emulate instead of tromp upon.


There have been fads about all kinds of plants that were supposed to provide medicines some have and beyus our reliance on hydrocarbons they haven’tand renewable energy bneyus to have a fairly pitiful total share of our energy sources even today while fracking has given fossil fuels a new lease on life. However, I tire fairly easily of the patronizing tone of the “environmentally enlightened” and do not enjoy when authors shrug off religious ideas biomimkcry if they were relics.

How will we heal ourselves was awesome. All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor anyone else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely.

Really fascinating thinking and exciting to realize that there are more and more scientists who are starting blomimicry use this sort of technique. This was where I started to feel like I was in a time warp, as she talked about the biological computers and suggested that early version may be available in the next 5 years or so To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs and Biomimicry in action.

And one your many contributions over the past 20 years has been the website AskNature. So, the biomimicrj question is: If we decide to enclose ourselves within concrete walls, we have only temporarily separated ourselves. Everything from the technical product or process challenge, all the way up to organizational challenges, how we network ourselves together.

The innovation play for biomimicry is very big there. I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering. But the science that has come out is not in the public bebyus.