Biomimicry- a kind of permaculture?

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  1. Michaelangelica

    Michaelangelica Junior Member

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    Biomimicry
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    https://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/about-us/what-is-biomimicry.html

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    How does biomimicry differ from other bio-approaches?


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    https://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/about-us/what-do-you-mean-by-the-term-biomimicry.html




    The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry
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    Nick Huggins GC Qld Junior Member

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    Sounds like Permaculture to me.
     
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    its a technology compatible with permaculture design ethics

    which is what PC is, its what makes it different

    i spend time looking at sustaibnable systems natural and man made and i know they are not permaculture

    without intentional design that seeks to satisy the there ethics, it just not PC (;))

    Biomimicry could be used to make bioweapons or military hardware thatd make you wet the bed at age 40 if you thought it was after you

    it could help build networks that responds to humans as if they were ants, treating each worker as if disposable
    thats not PC

    its all tools
    but without a simple inclusive decent ethos to guide the hand, then what might we do???
     
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    Biomimicry isn't specialized to one field or another,rather it's relevant to many different industries and professions.Biomimicry introduces an era based not on what we can extract from organisms and their ecosystems,but on what we can learn from them.Biomimicry could be used to make bioweapons or military hardware thatd make you wet the bed at age 40 if you thought it was after you.
     
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    Last Chance to Enroll
    Now accepting participants to the 2012 Biomimicry Specialist certification program until March 2, 2012
    Eastern North American and Western North American cohorts will form in the 2012 Biomimicry Specialist (BSpecialist) certification program and welcome participants from all over the world from a wide range of backgrounds. This eight-month intensive training program results in an official certification and is a unique opportunity to gain the critical orientation to biomimicry to jump-start the ability to offer biomimicry to your company, clients, or students as a specialty skill within your discipline. >> See how 2011 BSpecialist alumni, Thomas Knittel of HOK, has incorporated his biomimicry training into the design of a Haitian children's center here

    Online coursework includes Seeds of Biomimicry, Life's Principles, and Integrating Biology in Design as well as a Virtual Design Lab, in which you will tackle a biomimicry challenge with the support and guidance of your instructors. Three in-person sessions provide hands-on experience in orienting to, reading, and learning from an ecosystem in addition to time building community relationships within the cohort.

    Want to help us develop a regional biomimicry network in your community? If so, this could make the experience even more rewarding. We’re now offering a 10% reduction on BSpecialist tuition to friends or colleagues who apply to take the course together and are ultimately accepted into the next cohort. We’re calling it our BFriends offer. We’re also offering the same tuition incentive to our friends in the USGBC community who are LEED APs and Green Associates. >> Learn more and even complete your 2012 BSpecialist application online here


    Evolve Our World as a Biomimicry Professional
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    At Biomimicry 3.8, we believe there exists in the natural world a wisdom that can uniquely inform the way we approach and solve problems to make our human world uniquely well-adapted to life on Earth. We've spent the last 13 years developing the sustainable innovation framework and tools to bring nature's genius to the solution space.

    Since 2008, a select group of biologists, designers, engineers, and businesspeople have been receiving deep biomimicry training led by Dr. Dayna Baumeister, Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder, in an intense two-year Biomimicry Professional certification program. Future biomimics in this exclusive cohort learn to apply the biomimicry methodology and tools for any type of challenge. Soon they will transform an evolved vision for and pathway to success across industries of all types and develop critical roadmaps for getting there using the natural world as the model of performance.

    The world needs highly skilled biomimics to bring nature's genius into the solution space with integrity. If you're an early adopter, innovator, or change agent with a background in biology, design, engineering, and/or business, and you're interested in evolving human solutions towards well-adaptation through innovation, >> learn more about (and even apply online) for this innovative and transformative learning journey here


    Upcoming Workshops
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    3-Day Backyard Biomimicry Workshop | Co-hosted with Biomimicry Colombia
    Led by Melina Angel, Certified Biomimicry Professional (taught entirely in Spanish)
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    Every day I watch and research the natural world. I’m always viewing life differently because of biomimicry, and asking myself how might we learn from nature's designs to sustain ourselves on Earth while protecting and restoring what's still here?

    By co-teaching the eight-month Biomimicry Specialist (BSpecialist) Certification Program and other workshops, I am graced with the opportunity to share life's strategies and deep patterns with bright, curious, innovative people. The ideas that the innovators of our world – architects, product designers, organizational change consultants, and others – come up with by integrating biology into their designs, consistently inspire me and give me hope for the future.

    I regularly envision human systems functioning according to Life's Principles, and frequently give biomimicry talks to share the meme. Presently I’m preparing to teach a one-day biomimicry workshop at Willamette University's Sustainable Enterprise Certificate Program and helping launch Biomimicry Oregon, a Biomimicry 3.8 regional network alliance.

    What will you "ask nature" next?

    I'm exploring, with my colleague Toby Herzlich, how to apply biomimicry to organizational change through our work on a project with the Central Oregon Environmental Center in Bend, Oregon. What are the deep ecosystem patterns and principles that apply to human systems? How does nature cooperate? What makes mutualisms successful? How is nature poised to respond to change? How can nature's systems (ecosystems) inform human systems? How can nature's design lessons (Life's Principles) apply to organizational challenges? We’re eager to find out.

    Karen Allen
    Certified Biomimicry Professional (2008 Cohort)
    Biologist at the Design Table (BaDT) | Biomimicry 3.8
    Restoration Ecologist, Aequinox
    [email protected]
     
  7. Pakanohida

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    I would rather them teach Permaculture since this would and is IMO a subset of Permaculture skills since it would fall under "nature patterns and designs" in the PDM.

    Ag companies all across OR are attempting to do Permaculture without ethics, and are researching what has already been proven with Permaculture. For example, a few weeks ago in AgWeekly I read that the USDA or some other bull compost agency spent MILLIONS to determine if tilling actually does compact the soil.

    I dunno, maybe its just me, I keep seeing a lot of bullshit occur in the US with regards to food and water and no one seems to care except when it has made someone sick or dead.
     
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    Nonsense. You graze herbivores on the prairie, and eat the animals.

    I like Jackson's work with perennial grains; there's a promising future there. But humans don't need carbohydrates as much as we need protein.

    Oddly enough, the marginal lands (sandy, alkaline, little rain) that make up pretty much everything from the Rocky Mountains east for 2-300 miles produce better, more nutritious grass for grazing than do the deep black soils further east. Grazing is the appropriate agriculture model here.
     
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    Doesnt really matter if its Permaculture or not.
    Its Aim and Purpose seems to be heading the same way.
    Thats got to be a good thing with 'scientific','uni trained specialists', the common man usually listen more readily.
    Be worth watching to see how they get on.
    A rose is a rose whether it crawls along the ground or leaps into the trees.
     
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    There are prairie plants edible by humans. Prairies aren't just grass....
     
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    I wasn't the one who made the statement "you can't eat prairies."

    Nevertheless, Mollison is quite clear when he speaks of vegetarians. If people eat the plants, the fertility (poo) is not being returned to the land. All that nutrient is getting flushed down the city sewer. Even in the most permaculture, organic, bio-dynamic system, vegetarianism amounts to mining the soil of nutrients, if only at a marginally slower pace than industrial monoculture is doing it.

    Whereas by grazing, the animals fertilize the soil as they go. No fertility is lost when the meat is sold off the farm. Hence, as Mollison's father said (paraphrased), "never sell anything off the farm that can't walk, swim, or fly off."
     
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    Sorry I responded to the wrong quote. I agree with you that eating herbivores is probably the simplest way of getting food from a prairie. But someone saying "you can't eat a prairie" is like someone saying "you can't eat a forest." It is a fact that edible plants grow in prairies and you can eat them, just as edible plants grow in forests and you can eat them. By saying that there are plants edible to humans in the prairie, I am not saying people should be vegetarians.
     
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    One of the saddest things I ever heard from this area (the prairies), was how a farmer decided to pull down an old barn that was made with bales of prairie grass complete with seed and let his cows eat it knowing that perhaps some of the seed may infact be of types of grass thought to be extinct.
    I dont know if it was actually true, it was absolutely years ago but reading it made me want to weep at the sheer stupidity and thoughtlessness.
     

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