Living Future 2009: The UnConference for Deep Green Professionals - Day One

| 5/8/2009 10:38:43 AM

Blogger Laurie Dickson is blogging from the Living Future "unconference" in Portland, Oregon, this weekend. Living Future is devoted to promoting innovative green design that focuses on real solutions for real planetary problems.

Day One: May 7

8 a.m.
Janine Benyus

How do you write in just a few short paragraphs the inspirational presentations of the sustainable world’s leading thinkers? Let’s back up and review last night with Janine Benyus. If you haven’t heard of Biomimicry and the Biomimicry Institute, check it out online.

Janine Benyus, founder of of the Biomimicry Guild, has led the world with her challenge for all of us to not just learn about nature, but to also learn from nature.  “How does a gecko stick to a wall…why are spider webs so strong…how can we use photosynthesis for our next generation of solar designs?”

Here is a scientist who reaches beyond the science and into the passionate realms of nature inspiring and educating our designs. “We need a change of heart which is not one of pity towards nature but instead respect," Janine says. When we ask the question, “How would nature solve this problem?” then we search the world’s creatures and ecosystems for the answers.

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