Be Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry!
Stop by Faneuil Hall to see the Biomimicry Exhibit from Friday to Sunday, August 19-21 and listen to a talk about Biomimicry by Mr. Peter Lawrence, Executive Director of Biomimicry New England, on Friday afternoon between 3-5 pm.
The Biomimicry Institute defines Biomimicry as "an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies. 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." Therefore, the mission of Biomimicry New England is to establish nature and natural systems as an important resource for education and innovation in New England.
An example biomimicry brings to business is the relationship between the clownfish and anemone. This is a model for collaboration. Cited in the online encyclopedia of the Biomimicry Institute: "In a yet-to-be resolved biological mystery, clownfish have mucus on their skin that somehow protects them against the sting of their host anemone. As a result, the clownfish are able to stick near their host which is avoided by most other fish in the sea. The clownfish gets protection by hiding sting-free among the tentacles. If you remove the clownfish, large butterfly fishes will eat the anemone." (Roach 2003)