Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this book she. 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. 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.

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When I finally had to name it, I went to the dictionary henyus I looked up the Greek for bio and mimesis and I came up with biomimicry.

Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

I understood the basic concepts she was getting at, but some of the higher-level scientific jargon or in-depth explanations kind of deterred beynus from finishing it as quickly as I could have. I loved the understanding that it is we humans who bestow the title of “computer” upon an object which in our case is a silicon based piece of electrical hardware. Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read her account of the energy dynamics of nature’s building method’s and sustainability strategies.

You hear them called regenerative principles, or living systems principles.

What have you learned about asking the right questions? That wording is the sort of institutional bias that runs rampant in bsnyus book, and in many other books and magazines in the future-utopia genre, and it never fails to irritate me, in exactly the same way that the phrase “unborn people” irritates me.

Companies not only get a breakthrough product or process, but they wind up saving money. 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.


I think some of the intensive details could have been omitted. Ecosystems are completely efficient role models and after reading this, I am certainly questioning how we got so far off the right path, and what it will take for our development to get back on the correct path and to follow the designs of nature.

But actually, boomimicry only pigment is brown. See 2 questions about Biomimicry…. We say we understand living systems thinking, but the latest science in the last 20 years is shocking even to me. The rainwater balls biomomicry away, pearls them away. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. How do we do net-positive products? But benyis science that has come out is not in the public vernacular.

Janine Benyus

The interview took place while Benyus, characteristically, was enjoying a four-mile hike near her home in the Bitterroot Valley, south of Missoula, Montana, between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks. Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature. She basically touches on the main points of negative externalities, and trying to embed social and environmental costs into market prices, and the role of government in doing that, but it just felt uninspired and a bit blah.

Moreover, we are barely able to map how photosynthesis works on an atomic level – we have a long way to go. She serves on a number of land use committees in her rural county, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated to place-based living and learning. Initial chapters on Agriculture and Sunlight didnt intrest me as much as the workings of Computers and the Brain or Diet did, but this was just my personal preference. You should still pick up this book. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to This book was a revelation for me.


How does nature heal? Benyus is at her best describing the elegance of certain natural processes and how scientists in some fields are using nature as a model and nature as mentor.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action – AskNature

And they can make a plan and start to do design interventions that create positive outcomes, and then start counting them. You can make all kinds behyus plastics out of carbon dioxide, out of methane, out of greenhouse gases.

It is really interesting but also very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!! Mar 12, Anggia Widhi rated it liked it. The last section on conducting business was again a biomikicry outdated. We call ourselves BADT — biologists at the design table.

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

Quite ofte Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest. The watchword right now is resilience in the face of change.

There is also a part about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn.