Biomimicry in the Big City: Can Nature Inspire Cleantech Solutions?

November 3, 2011 7:00pm-9:00pm, The WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street, NYC

Humans have always looked to nature for inspiration in industry and progress. By observing nature, we have developed better machines, materials and buildings to improve our world. Only recently, however, have we begun to explore the potential of observing nature to advance clean-energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors and biomimetic designers will discuss how companies are utilizing biomimicry to design, build and operate innovative cleantech technologies. Join us as experts explore the benefits and challenges of this new collaborative model and dive into the best strategies for success.

Watch the full event “Biomimicry in the City”

Full event video from November 3, 2011.

Sam Cochran: Biomimicry Going Viral – The Role of Arts and Culture

Sam Cochran from S-M-I-T and Mark Dorfman from Biomimicry 3.8 discuss the role of arts & culture in nuturing better systems. Clip from “Biomimicry in the Big City” on November 3, 2011.

Chris Garvin: Bringing Scientists to the Table – How to Make Biomimicry Normal

The panel answers the question “What kind of environment needs to exist for biomimetic design to be ‘normal’?” Clip from “Biomimicry in the Big City” on November 3, 2011.

Mark Dorfman: Biology to Design and Challenge to Biology – Approaches to Biomimetic Innovation

The panel discusses the process of discovery in biomimetic projects. Clip from “Biomimicry in the Big City” on November 3, 2011.

Chris Garvin: Putting Waste to Work – How Industrial Ecosystems Can Become Self-sustaining

Chris Garvin from Terrapin Bright Green talks about how biomimicry can be applied in a systems approach. Clip from “Biomimicry in the Big City” on November 3, 2011.

Mark Dorfman: Evolution of Biomimicry – What hasn’t Worked and What Requires Better Understanding

The panel outlines the challenges involved in taking the biomimetic approach. Clip from “Biomimicry in the Big City” on November 3, 2011.

Pat Sapinsley: Taking Biomimicry to Market – How Venture Capitalists Can Help Scientists

Pat Sapinsley from Good Energies outlines how she works with scientists to commercialize their ideas. Clip from “Biomimicry in the Big City” on November 3, 2011.

Pat Sapinsley: Nature’s Resume – Is Biomimicry a Sound Investment?

Pat Sapinsley from Good Energies and Sam Cochran from S-M-I-T discuss if biomimetic projects are a safer bet for success. Clip from “Biomimicry in the Big City” on November 3, 2011.

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