The global Pachamama Alliance community came together with biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus and Pachamama Alliance Co-founder Lynne Twist on July 14, 2021, for a discussion exploring Biomimicry: Learning from Nature’s Strategies.

Janine spoke about the shift that comes when we move from learning about nature to learning from nature, and shared examples related to business, to the pandemic, and to social justice.

She spoke about quieting human cleverness and seeing the natural world as a teacher, and connected biomimicry to Indigenous ways of tuning in to natural rhythms. She described biomimicry as a remembering in Western industrial culture of what we used to do when we paid attention to the small details of our world.


Janine shared websites for going deeper into the exploration of biomimicry:

You can find the Mary Oliver poem that Lynne read to open the event.

About the Speaker

Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, author, and speaker, who has introduced millions of people to the concept of biomimicry through two TED talks and six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. She is a Co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit dedicated to making biology a natural part of the design process. Among various other roles, Janine serves on the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors, the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and the Board of Directors for Project Drawdown.