Inspired by Nature Tour (Australia)
brings us great pleasure to report that the ‘Innovation
Inspired by Nature Tour’, coordinated by The
Natural Edge Project and the Biomimicry Guide, was
a huge success. Touring with Janine
Benyus and Catherine
Bragdon was an amazing experience for the team
from TNEP. Over the two weeks, Janine captivated audiences
across the nation with facts, stories, case studies
and visual imagery of an emerging wave of sustainable
technological innovation made possible by the practice
of Biomimicry. Janine presented at sessions with governments,
businesses and universities in each of Brisbane, Townsville,
Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Some of
the many highlights include the Dinner Keynote at
the 7th Annual Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable
Development, the Live ABC National Press Club Address,
and the delivery of public lectures in each city to
introduce the concept of Biomimicry and its applications
in innovating sustainable solutions.
photos from the recent tour!
ECOS article - Biomimicry:
Innovation Inspired By Nature
Article (ABC) - Naturally
Inspired Design by Rebacca Martin
would like to extend our gratitude to the Janine,
Catherine and the Biomimicry Guild for partnering
with The Natural Edge Project to deliver the Innovation
Inspired by Nature, Australian Tour. It was
an honour and a privilege to have been able to support
you to present Biomimicry at the doorstep of Australia
's leading businesses, government departments and
universities. The Tour has succeeded in alerting the
Australian public of the amazing opportunities arising
from the application of Biomimicry, not to mention
the numerous examples of Biomimicry applied that are
native to our nation. The level of interest generated
amongst Tour partners will surely lead to future business
opportunities for the Biomimicry Guild and the Australian
would also like to extend most sincere thanks to our
Tour Partners (below), whom without their support
and enthusiasm this Tour would not have made the impact
that it has throughout Australia.
have once again brought a world-leading and inspirational
author and practitioner to Australia - this time
Janine Benyus , a truly remarkable scientist, creating
biological inspirations for the "hard"
sciences. Just as we now need social scientists
at our side, so too it seems, biology and biologists
must play a part in our engineering practice."
Philip Bangerter, Global Director-Sustainability,
Benyus presents an intuitively seductive idea that
adds an important piece to the sustainability jig
saw puzzle. It is inspiring and reassuring to know
that nature has already found many of the solutions.
Our challenge is to develop the skills to reveal
nature's secrets and adapt them to help us live
in harmony with the rest of nature." Tony
Kelly Managing Director Yarra Valley Water.
is a life sciences writer, innovation consultant and
author of six books, including her most recent--Biomimicry:
Innovation Inspired by Nature. In Biomimicry,
she names an emerging discipline that seeks sustainable
solutions by emulating nature's designs and processes.
Since the book’s 1997 release, Janine has evolved
the practice of Biomimicry, consulting with sustainable
business, academic and government leaders, serving
on the Eco-Dream Team at Interface, Inc. and conducting
seminars on what we can learn from the genius that
As a biologist,
the question for Janine is not whether our technology
is natural, but how well adapted it is to life on
earth over the long term. Janine is a graduate of
Rutgers University, New Jersey, with degrees in Natural
Resource Management and English Literature. Janine
co-founded the education and innovation practice known
as the Biomimicry Guild. Her international keynotes
have introduced tens of thousands of people to Biomimicry
and clients include Arup Engineers, Hewlett Packard,
HOK Architects, Interface, Patagonia, NASA, Novell
and Proctor and Gamble.
Janine has received several awards including the prestigious
Rachel Carson Environmental Ethics award. In addition
to her Biomimicry work, Janine, teaches interpretive
writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and
works towards restoring and protecting wild lands.
An educator at heart, she believes that the better
people understand the genius of the natural world,
the more they will want to protect it.
format provided a limited number sessions offering
a valuable opportunity to interact with the world’s
leading author and consultant in the area of Biomimicry.
The sessions provided an opportunity to explore a
range of exciting options to learn from nature and
innovate for creative solutions. The tour was based
on the material presented in Janine’s book,
Biomimicry - Innovation Inspired by Nature, enhanced
by the numerous projects Janine and her team have
been working on over the last 8 years since the book
was published. Following the tour from Janine and
subject to interest, the Biomimicry Guild’s
lead trainer, Dr Dayna Baumeister will be undertaking
a limited number of training sessions in the first
two weeks in August 2006 (and potentially returning
in January 2007) to follow on from the keynote tour
with introductory and advanced training sessions.
Bragdon, business catalyst at the Biomimicry Guild
was educated at St Lawrence University and at Rochester
Institute of Technology in textile design and materials
development, the architecture of how fabrics are made.
Trained as a master weaver, she led the textile department
at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and
founded CTD, a product design studio.
of systems, the environment and design brought her
to the commercial interiors industry where she has
held management positions at both Herman Miller, Inc.
and Interface, Inc., helping them develop innovative
materials and products with a focus on the development
of sustainable business strategies. As co-founder
of the Biomimicry Guild with Janine Benyus and Dr.
Dayna Baumeister, she assists companies in the practice
of Biomimicry as an innovation tool.
Partners and Supporters
was supported by a range of sponsors to deliver free
public events as part of th tour in the following
Higher Education Forum
This event was proudly
sponsored by GHD, Griffith University, Queensland
University of Technology and the University of Queensland.
16th May: Biomimicry: Learning
event was proudly sponsored by The Queensland EPA
Sustainable Industries Division and delivered as
part of the QPAC/QLD-EPA 'Envisioning a Sustainable
Queensland' events series.
May: Students Visioning
a Sustainable City of the Future
May: Innovation Inspired
by Nature Public Presentation
events were proudly presented by The Townsville
May: Seeking Sustainable
Solutions By Emulating Nature's Examples.
visit to South Australia was proudly supported by:
The Sustainability and Climate Change Division,
Department of the Premier and Cabinet, The Department
of Trade and Economic Development, The Department
of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology,
The Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies
- UniSA, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre
- UniSA, Engineers Australia SA Division, Association
of Consulting Engineers, Santos, SA Water, Palmerston
Projects Pty Ltd and Origin Energy.
May: Biomimicry: Innovation
Inspired by Nature.
public lecture in Melbourne was proudly supported
by: GHD, CSIRO,
Victorian Association of Forest Industries, KBR,
Department of Sustainability and Environment, RMIT,
Nanotechnology Victoria and Victoria University.
24th May: "Innovation Inspired by Nature:
The Opportunity for Australia’s Natural Advantage".
Janine presented the National Australia Bank National
Press Club Address which was televised live on the
article from Uniken)
May: Biomimicry: Innovation
Inspired by Nature.
event was proudly sponsored by Ove Arup and the