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The Biology of Corporate Survival

The Biology of Corporate Survival | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
"Some business thinkers have argued that companies are like biological species and have tried to extract business lessons from biology, with uneven success. We stress that companies are identical to biological species in an important respect: Both are what’s known as complex adaptive systems. Therefore, the principles that confer robustness in these systems, whether natural or manmade, are directly applicable to business."
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From Hedgehogs to Whole Systems: An Evolution in Business Principles

From Hedgehogs to Whole Systems: An Evolution in Business Principles | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"If we take the time to look, we realize that nature provides us with a time-tested R&D lab for re-imagined industry and its contributing forces. The natural world has already mastered renewable energy use, closed production cycles, collaborative networks, sustainable materials, and green chemistry. Underlying these proven successes are principles [...] including rampant resource efficiency, real-time responsiveness, and systems intelligence, among others.  These principles enable entire natural "economies" to be not merely productive but resilient and regenerative.  "

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Arjen ten Have's curator insight, March 12, 2014 8:22 AM

Yet another way to use insights from biological evolution into society, here in terms of business development.

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StartupNectar-The Biommimicry Business Incubator

StartupNectar-The Biommimicry Business Incubator | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"StartupNectar enables early-stage, biomimicry-based ventures to access resources and gain traction in the marketplace. The incubation model is informed by nature’s strategies for creating conditions conducive to life".

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What Honeybees Can Teach Marketers

What Honeybees Can Teach Marketers | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Honeybees are social insects, always exchanging information with each other for the success of the hive. When a bee finds an attractive new flower with a good supply of pollen, it flies back to the hive and performs a sophisticated waggle dance for the other bees, communicating the distance and direction of the flower from the hive, the type of flower it is, and the potential magnitude of the find. Other bees watch this dance, then navigate to the flower themselves to harvest more of its pollen, which is good because producing a single pound of honey requires roughly two million bee-loads of pollen.

So now imagine for a moment that your company operates a flowerbed, and you are in the business of “selling” your pollen to bees. Your first task is to attract an exploring bee to land and take a look, and for that you need to be sure that your colors are bright and your scent is attractive. That’s advertising.

But the bee is part of a social network, so when it returns to the hive after visiting your flower it’s only going to send for the other bees if your pollen was good. And that’s customer experience."

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Linus Ridge's comment, August 14, 2013 5:00 PM
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7 Start-Ups Imitating Mother Nature

7 Start-Ups Imitating Mother Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Biomimicry can lead to innovation and efficiency. These companies are taking their inspiration from all over the planet.
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Defeat Hackers with Biomimicry

Defeat Hackers with Biomimicry | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"From denial of service attacks to server crashes to day-long disruptions of Google Drive, almost all organizations are familiar with threats to their information security. Given that digital information is more central than ever, it's worrisome that the history of data security is littered with failure. Organizations seeking to be better prepared for and more resilient in response to information threats may want to draw on a far larger and older source of lessons on information security — the 3.5 billion year history of life. Tapping into biology's security database — which was developed by millions of species in response to extremely complex natural security problems — gives us first a wakeup call, then some practical guidance on how to keep our information secure."

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Statement on Transforming Finance Based on Ethics and Life's Principles

Statement on Transforming Finance Based on Ethics and Life's Principles | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"We the signers hold this biological truth to be self-evident that the human species is interdependent with all other life forms on Planet Earth. Therefore, human societies, cultures, values and belief systems that are informed by and modeled on the following Life’s Principles, which are strategies universal to all organisms, should provide the basis for all production and exchange of goods, community structures and services."

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A Bug's Life: What Managers Can Learn From Ants

A Bug's Life: What Managers Can Learn From Ants | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"...by using a tracking system to continuously monitor individually tagged ants in six colonies over 41 days, [...] scientists discovered that the insects have created a very orderly career ladder—one that focuses them on the task at hand, not on what lies ahead. Specifically, the ants perform three distinct functions and typically move from one work group to the next as they age. The youngest tend to serve as nurses to the queen, with the next oldest acting as cleaners and the elders going out, foraging for food and other resources."

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Three Ways to Bring Nature-Inspired Ideas to Market

Three Ways to Bring Nature-Inspired Ideas to Market | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Creating products from bio-inspired ideas isn't easy, but three groups have found ways to bridge the development gap.
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Companies that Mimic Nature Out-perform Those That Do Not

Companies that Mimic Nature Out-perform Those That Do Not | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Companies that mimic living systems have been gaining market share over more traditionally managed firms, which generally model themselves on mechanical systems. Firms that mimic living systems have an existential awareness that they are living communities of people, committed to serving other people, and that they all depend on Nature for their sustenance. This fundamental recognition creates spontaneous demands within the firm to live harmoniously and respectfully with the larger living systems on which we all depend (biosphere, society, markets).

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Biomimicry and Its Role in Business Evolution

Biomimicry and Its Role in Business Evolution | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

In 2010, a group of specialists in the UK set up a collaborative called BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation on the following premises: business models and practices need transforming to become fit-for-purpose for the world we now live in; the knowledge, understanding and tools we need for business transformation can be found in nature; and business can create the conditions conducive for life (not just reduce its negative impact on life) and so business can ‘sustain’ and also ‘thrive’ in our lifetime and beyond. BCI’s strap line is ’ecological thinking for radical transformation’.

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Management Innovation According to Nature’s Genius

Management Innovation According to Nature’s Genius | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The current industry model is broken. Our economy is built on a ‘take make waste’ model that negatively impacts environmental and human systems and is not tenable in the long term. It is time to reinvent. We are gifted with an array of genius examples in nature – mechanism and ecosystems that have evolved over 3.8 billion years and provide a blueprint for products, processes, and system organization that can be truly effective toward a healthier, resilient future. We propose that companies mimic nature and reinvent themselves around the fundamental science of Biomimicry’s seven Life’s Principles. This is Management Innovation According to Nature’s Genius."

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What Investors Can Learn From Sea Slugs

What Investors Can Learn From Sea Slugs | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"We all know that crystal clear feeling that comes after a spell of unplugged time, especially if that time is spent outdoors.  For over 20 years as a professional investor, I've relished these small windows of escape, and my work has benefitted from the clarity that they bring.  More recently I've wondered, what if that clarity could last longer than my sunburn does?  What if instead of being a place to escape, nature could become my personal and professional mentor?"

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Emulating Ecosystems: A Story About Beer

Emulating Ecosystems: A Story About Beer | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"In nature, there are communities of organisms that interact with each other and the nonliving parts of their environment. That’s what an ecosystem is. Living organisms include plants, animals, bacteria, fungi, and more. We humans are part of the ecosystems we live in, but we don’t always contribute as much to the community as we could. Let’s look at ways some businesses have learned to start behaving more like cooperative members of nature. This story is about beer but can be applied to any business because it’s about how emulating an ecosystem can lead to less waste while supporting various industries."

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Why Organizations Should Embrace Randomness Like Ant Colonies

Why Organizations Should Embrace Randomness Like Ant Colonies | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Consider the common ant. Each one is by genetic design capable of only a few simple behaviors and binary choices, making it a pretty dumb, rigid, inflexible being. Yet the collective behavior of an ant colony is adaptive, flexible and even creative; it’s a highly structured social organization. Now consider your average human. Most of us are individually adaptive, flexible and very creative. Yet the large organizations in which we work are often inflexible and incapable of adaptation and true innovation. Why are ant colonies so much better than the sum of their parts, while governments and companies are so often much worse?"

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Research and Markets: Biomimicry: Report States a Small but Growing Number of Products Now Imitate Natural Plants and Animals, with Untapped Opportunity for Manufacturers

Research and Markets: Biomimicry: Report States a Small but Growing Number of Products Now Imitate Natural Plants and Animals, with Untapped Opportunity for Manufacturers | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ForeSights: Biomimicry report to their offering. Biomimicry is the practice of drawing inspiration from nature to solve human problems and inspire innovation. A small but growing number of products now imitate natural plants and animals, with untapped opportunity for manufacturers to acknowledge the potential application of biomimetic techniques in their processes and products."


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With Biomimicry: A Regenerative Economy Free From Environmental Debt

With Biomimicry: A Regenerative Economy Free From Environmental Debt | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Building long-term costs into the price of goods would increase price, and companies would avoid environmental damage to bring consumer costs down.
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Networks In Nature As Models For Business Networks

Networks In Nature As Models For Business Networks | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Are business partnerships like relationships that occur in nature? Can organizations work together to defend their common interests when attacked by a competitor or an uncontrollable market force, like many plants do when threatened?
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Lean 3P Design More Humanistic by Going Back to Nature

Lean 3P Design More Humanistic by Going Back to Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"In the Lean Design we use a process that is called Lean 3P. One of the most contentious part of 3P is this idea of looking to nature, to try to find solutions to the problems you're trying to solve. We begin by looking at all the value adding steps."

 

Photo details: Great Horned Owl, Mission Road, Vernon, British Columbia. Copyright © 2012, Alan D. Wilson. http://www.naturespicsonline.com

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Can You Keep the Bad Apples Out of Your Company?

Can You Keep the Bad Apples Out of Your Company? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Is it possible to inoculate businesses from organisational parasites that can destroy value and ultimately the business itself? US-born leadership expert Dr Matt Barney argues there is enormous fertile ground for researchers in organisational behaviour to look to nature for answers on value creation and value destruction."

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What Nature Can Teach Us About Doing Business in a Down Economy

What Nature Can Teach Us About Doing Business in a Down Economy | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The natural world knows how to conserve in lean times. Here are some biomimetic ideas to learn from."  

 

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Beauty Inspired By Nature

Beauty Inspired By Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

People often ask me for examples of ‘businesses inspired by nature’. While there are many examples of organisations with aspects of applied nature’s inspiration, for example: InterfaceFLOR taking inspiration from nature for product design, Marks & Spencer taking inspiration from nature for process design (industrial ecology), and HOK taking inspiration from nature for place/structural design (architecture); the current reality is that there are few examples of organisations working in harmony with nature and applying nature’s inspiration to all aspects of the organisation (purpose, people, process, product & place). Fortunately, the appetite in businesses (corporate and non-corporate) for embracing nature’s inspiration at all levels is growing as organisations increasingly realise the benefits of transforming to models and mind-sets more in harmony with life on Earth.

 

Photo details: Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta. Copyright © 2009, Alan D. Wilson. http://www.naturespicsonline.com

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Nature's 10 Simple Rules for Business Survival

Nature's 10 Simple Rules for Business Survival | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

In the emerging fields of biomechanics and biomimicry, scientists are decoding rules that can help form businesses as hardy and long lasting as a forest. After all, nature is far harsher than the market: If you are not sustainable, you die. No second chances and no bailouts. Businesses that are capable of dealing with the challenges of a changing world will be better able to respond and to lead.

 

Photo details: Black-Bellied Whistling Duck , Birding Center, Port Aransas, Texas. Copyright © 2006, Alan D. Wilson. http://www.naturespicsonline.com

 

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