We are a biomimicry design collective in Boulder, Colorado. Our mission is to promote biomimicry design through education, outreach, and projects.
As biomimics, we are committed to creating a more seamless connection between the human and natural worlds by consulting nature when addressing global challenges. We believe that the future success of human beings and the ecosystems of which we are a part is contingent on this commitment. Biomimicry, then, is not a science, or even a field of study, but a way of looking at the world that can be applied to many disciplines. At its foundation, biomimicry relies on the principles of sustainability, adaptability, and ingenuity, three fundamental characteristics of living systems. Using this approach, we open our eyes to the enormous diversity of form and function that has spontaneously assembled on the Earth after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Everything around us becomes both model and toolbox.
The community of biomimics is increasing rapidly in size, scope, and impact. Astonishingly, based on an approximation from viewing Google ngrams, the usage of the word ‘biomimicry’ in published books doubled every 2.8 years 1994 to 2008 (the last year for which data is currently available). We believe that human society today has three primary challenges: protecting environmental stability in the face of climate change and other threats; ensuring equal and abundant access to food and water; and promoting international stability and cooperation in an increasingly connected world. Biomimicry can give insights into each of these arenas.
As a simplified view, we can identify two distinct approaches to biomimicry: we may identify a challenge and then brainstorm biological systems which may have evolved to address the same challenge, or we can turn that process on its head and identify a living system that is particularly fascinating, study that system, and cross our fingers that practical applications fall out. In practice, the distinction is rarely so black and white as this, and often, these two approaches feed into one another. Part of the thrill of biomimicry is observing this process and the evolution of a project from the round table to the field and back again. Biomimicry always involves working in a team with diverse backgrounds, facilitating creative growth and critical deliberation.