• We are learning to live sustainably on Planet Earth.

    Let’s gather insight from Life itself and her 3.8 billion years of evolutionary success.

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  • Let’s transform the way we approach problems

    How can we lead our organizations, businesses, and social movements to operate more like ecosystems?

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    to become more adaptive, collaborative, resilient, networked?

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  • “A sustainable world already exists. It’s all around us…”

    – Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 3.8

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WELCOME TO BIOMIMICRY FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION

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“Our purpose is to turn toward nature, to learn to become a welcome species on this home that is ours, but not ours alone.” 

– Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 3.8

Biomimicry is a design discipline that discovers sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, evolved elegantly over 3.8 billion years.

For example, biomimicry is the pathway for creating a solar cell that functions like a leaf, or a non-toxic adhesive inspired by gecko’s feet. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on Earth over the long haul.

Read “A Biomimicry Primer” by Janine Benyus.

Watch “Biomimicry” – a 20 minute film by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tree Media.

Biomimicry 3.8 is the global thought-leader in the field, and has provided the inspiration and training foundational to a global movement of innovators.   Biomimicry for Social Innovation focuses specifically on developing an ecosystem of practices and practitioners applying nature’s intelligence to transform the ways we lead organizational and societal change.

Biomimicry for Social Innovation is a platform for the exchange of ideas, insights, and services for applying nature’s intelligence toward a thriving and regenerative human society.

We are part of a growing global network of innovators, designers, biologists, and leaders who are emulating the genius of the natural world to create conditions conducive to life.

Our niche builds on Biomimicry’s design and engineering successes, focusing on social transformation, business / organizational leadership, and culture change.

We work closely with Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute, translating biological knowledge and ecosystem success strategies into tools and practices for the social sector…

Toby Herzlich

TOBY HERZLICH

Founder, Biomimicry for Social Innovation

Toby is the Founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation. As a Certified Biomimicry Specialist through Biomimicry 3.8, her focus is on applying nature’s genius to leadership, social change, and organizational innovation. Toby is a Senior Trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute and co-founder of the Cultivating Women’s Leadership training intensives…


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