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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, 8:22 AM

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

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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

"Last month, the first ever Biomimicry 3.8 Global Conference at the University of Massachusetts in Boston brought together over 350 future-minded professionals, all asking, “How can humans create conditions conducive to Life?” They meant something more than just sustainable economies, cities, and manufacturing, but a new kind of regenerative human system that creates abundance for all species on Earth. After discussing generative cities and sustainable materials, the conference’s final day turned to the question of how nature might redesign our entire economy to encourage the regeneration we envision."

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It’s the Ecology Stupid! On the Economic Value of Nature

It’s the Ecology Stupid! On the Economic Value of Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"In this exclusive piece, Sunday Times bestselling author and former Friends of the Earth UK Director, Tony Juniper, attacks the common perception that Nature exists separately from our current economic system. For after all, what has Nature really done for us?"

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Biomimicry Could Add $300 Billion to U.S. GDP in 15 Years

Biomimicry Could Add $300 Billion to U.S. GDP in 15 Years | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

In 15 years the emerging field of biomimicry could represent $300 billion annually of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010 dollars, according to a new report. Additionally, it could account for 1.6 million U.S. jobs and provide another $50 billion in terms of mitigating the depletion of natural resources and reducing CO2 pollution.

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StartupNectar-The Biommimicry Business Incubator

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"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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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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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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A New Economic Paradigm: The Next Big Challenge

A New Economic Paradigm: The Next Big Challenge | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

For sustainable development, the next big private stakeholder challenge is one everyone has seen coming, but we have not yet had the courage to face. At present, sustainable development is maturing as an idea and practice within a world economy that uses its resources to continually escalate its demands on the planet. At present, sustainable development helps sustain this scenario. We need the economy to become self-regulating as a whole, not just to grow some self-regulating parts. A natural model for solution would be for those that care about sustainable development to choose not to do business with those that grow their enterprises like cancers and choose to endlessly use profits to multiply investments as they continue to harm society and the Earth.

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